District names administrator

GLOVERSVILLE – The city school district’s Board of Education announced Tuesday that Dennis J. Bye is the new associate principal at Gloversville High School.

According to a news release, Bye comes to Gloversville from the Troy City School District, where he served most recently as assistant to the principal of School 2, an elementary school with more than 400 students.

At the high school, Bye and Principal Richard DeMallie will split responsibility for overseeing academic departments to best take advantage of their individual skills. They also will share responsibility for student discipline, with DeMallie focusing on the senior class and Bye handling students in grades nine through 11, the news release said.

Bye, who will start at Gloversville High School on Aug. 12, is replacing Mark Batty, who is taking over as principal at Gloversville Middle School. The new job title – “associate” rather than “assistant” principal – reflects the updated job duties for the role.

The board has approved an annual salary of up to $80,000 for the position, but Bye’s specific salary has not been set yet.

At Troy’s School 2, Bye was responsible for student discipline and reduced the number of suspensions and unexcused absences during his tenure, from 2011 to 2013. He also initiated a popular and successful anti-bullying program.

“Dennis came to us highly recommended from the Troy City School District,” said Superintendent Michael Vanyo. “He has the management skills and attention to detail needed to help the high school – and entire district – achieve its goals.”

High School Principal Richard DeMallie also praised Bye’s expertise with at-risk students.

“Dennis’ ability to relate to children who are living in poverty and struggling with outside factors that affect their ability to get a quality education will be a valuable asset,” DeMallie said. “His data-driven and target-oriented approach will help us better help the students who need interventions at each grade level and hopefully improve our graduation rate.”

Bye said he was drawn to the Gloversville Enlarged School District because he felt it was a place where he could make a difference.

Before Troy, Bye worked in an administrative capacity with a variety of age groups at Albany Preparatory Charter School between 2007 and 2011, the International Charter School of Schenectady between 2005 and 2007 and Scotia-Glenville High School between 2002 and 2005, according to the news release.

Prior to becoming an educator, Bye served in the U.S. Navy for 27 years, most recently as the director of recruit processing in New York state.

Bye has a bachelor’s degree from the University of New Hampshire and a master’s from the University at Albany.