It is with sadness we report that Bob Horan, who recently resumed his SRC Club membership, passed away suddenly on Monday, July 4th. He had been on vacation with his family at their Adirondacks camp.
Bob, 52, had been superintendent of the Schodack Central School District for the past six years after a decade in other roles there. He was pioneering innovative ways of coping with declining enrollments and financial pressures. In a June interview with the Albany Business Review, he spoke about the changes and challenges in education and his vision for the future locally. It is available here.
Prior to serving the Schodack district, Bob worked in the Mohonasen and Shenendehowa school districts.
The school district issued this statement this morning:
“Our thoughts and prayers are with Bob’s family, who he loved dearly, in this incredibly difficult time. Bob was beloved by all who knew him for his huge heart and tireless passion for creating opportunities for students. No superintendent cared more for students or took greater joy in watching them learn, grow and succeed. He will be greatly missed.”
State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia called his death a “heartbreaking loss” for the school district and the entire statewide schools community, saying:
“Bob was a passionate educator who always thought of the future of his students. He tackled each day with his optimistic approach, seeing opportunities where others might see problems. In my personal dealings with Bob, I found he was a true leader and wonderfully kind person. He will be greatly missed.”
Bob is survived by his wife and three adult childrene. We will post details on services when they become available, or you can check the school district website for updates.