The Darien Board of Education appointed two assistant principals at its Tuesday night meeting.

Luke R. Forshaw, who is replacing Keith Margolus, will serve at Ox Ridge Elementary School. Margolus was named principal of Royle Elementary School.

Andrew Byrne, who is replacing Gordon Beinstein, will serve at Middlesex Middle School. Beinstein accepted a position as principal of Harborside Middle School in Milford.

Darien Superintendent of Schools Donald Fiftal said that the process for filling the vacancies was difficult because he met with many strong candidates; however, he said he was pleased with the outcome.

"I think we have two exceptional candidates of very high caliber. These are the ones who we think at this time are the best," Fiftal said.

Forshaw is a seven-year veteran of Darien Public Schools, beginning his teaching career at Hindley Elementary School. He has also served as a technology integration specialist, and most recently served as pre-K through grade 12 coordinator of instructional technology, working with the district IT department and directly influencing DPS' technology curriculum.

Forshaw is a graduate of Trinity College, and was awarded a master's degree in curriculum and teaching from Teachers College of Columbia University. He is currently pursuing a doctorate at Columbia.

Forshaw was also honored by Connecticut in 1999 as the Special Olympics Coach of the Year.

Ox Ridge Principal John Rechi spoke highly of his new colleague and said he has known him since he began working in IT at Darien Public Schools.

"I'm absolutely looking forward to working with him," Rechi said. "I'm very familiar with his work. I'm delighted that he's the one they chose. He's very familiar with the district ... he knows the direction we're going in."

Byrne has taught math at the Canterbury School in New Milford and Convent of the Sacred Heart in Greenwich. He later chaired the mathematics department at Sacred Heart, before accepting his current position as Dean of Faculty at the school. In fulfilling that role, Byrne has been responsible for the observation and supervision of the school's faculty, teacher mentoring programs, professional development and recruitment and retention.

Bryne is a graduate of Bates College, and received a Master of Arts in Secondary Education degree at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. He has also earned an additional master's degree in educational administration and supervision from Fordham University.

Byrne said that he has enjoyed his extensive work at Sacred Heart, but that as a former public school student, he is looking forward to bring his expertise to the public sphere.

"My hope had always been to return to public schools one day. When I saw this opportunity in Darien, a town that has a deep commitment to intellectual values, I jumped at it," Byrne said. "I'm very fortunate to be offered this opportunity."