Congresswoman Martha Roby

Representing the 2nd District of Alabama

Rep. Martha Roby honors Dale County Superintendent Donny Bynum

January 14, 2014
Roby in the News

U.S. Representative Martha Roby honored Dale County Schools Superintendent Donny Bynum for his recognition as Alabama Superintendent of the Year for 2014.

Bynum faced a challenging situation in 2013 when a gunman killed a Dale County school bus driver and abducted a 5-year-old student. The situation devolved into a six-day hostage standoff, eventually ending with authorities killing the assailant and freeing the young boy.

Bynum has been widely praised for his leadership of the Dale County School system through the prolonged crisis, and he was named by the Superintendent Association of Alabama as the Superintendent of the Year.

Honoring Bynum in the Congressional Record on Wednesday, Rep. Roby praised his "strength and grace" in a time of great adversity.

The full transcript of Rep. Roby's submission to the Congressional Record is included below. Rep. Roby previously honored the heroism and sacrifice of school bus driver Chuck Poland last year.

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to congratulate an exemplary public servant, Donald “Donny” Bynum, recipient of the distinguished 2014 Alabama Superintendent of the Year award.

A prime example of servant leadership, Superintendent Bynum has served for over 29 years as a teacher, coach, and administrator. He holds an AA Degree in School Administration plus a Master of Science in School Administration, both from Troy University in Dothan, and a Bachelor of Science in Education from Troy University.

Prior to his tenure as the Superintendant of Dale County Schools, Mr. Bynum served as an Education Specialist with the Alabama Department of Education and in various capacities within the Dale County School System. Such positions included the Transportation Supervisor; Principal at G. W. Long Elementary School; and as the Assistant Principal at G.W. Long School.

Almost one year ago, the nation watched a terrifying situation emerge in Dale County, Alabama. The murder of a school bus driver, abduction of a five-year old student, and the prolonged hostage situation that ensued presented a unique challenge for all levels of state and local government. That was especially true for Dale County Schools, which was faced with the murder of an employee and the abduction of a student, all while the need to ensure the safety and stability of the schools was paramount. Superintendent Bynum handled this challenge with strength and grace, helping lead the students, parents, faculty and community through the tragedy. By all accounts, Dale County emerged stronger and more united than ever, thanks in large part to Superintendent Donny Bynum's leadership in this trying time.

Also active in the Dale County community, Superintendent Bynum is involved with the Dale County Children's Policy Council, Dale County United Way Board of Directors, School Superintendents of Alabama Board of Directors District III President, and he and his wife Paula, a retired educator, are members of the Ozark Baptist Church. He and Paula have two children, Mason and Elizabeth.

Mr. Speaker and colleagues, please join me in honoring Donny Bynum as the 2014 Alabama Superintendent of the Year.  His exceptional moral character, experience, and dedication to the Alabama school system render him a qualified recipient of this honor. I am grateful for Mr. Bynum’s service and proudly recognize his contributions to the betterment of the great State of Alabama.

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