Hats off to Doug Murphy, DA Jim Farrell for their excellence to the Monticello district

The Monticello Central School District Board of Education recognized two members of the Monticello family who were recently honored by the Mid-Hudson School Study Council (MHSSC) – Douglas Murphy and James Farrell.

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Members of the board of education posed with Assistant Principal Douglas Murphy and DA James Farrell after honoring them for their awards of excellence from the Mid-Hudson School Study Council.

Assistant Principal Murphy received an award for Excellence in Administration from the group, which recognizes those who make an impact on the education system throughout the region.

Murphy has been part of the Monticello district for more than two decades, as a physical education teacher, director of physical education and assistant principal at Monticello High School before making the move to KLR.

“Mr. Murphy is the pied piper of the Rutherford School,” said board of education President Lori Orestano-James at the board’s meeting Thursday night. “He is always there for the kids. We thank you for your service to our students.”

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Sullivan County District Attorney James Farrell, left, and KLR Assistant Principal Douglas Murphy were honored by the Monticello Board of Education for their awards of excellence from the Mid-Hudson School Study Council.

Sullivan County District Attorney Farrell received an Excellence in Community Service award from MHSSC for his efforts to create a safe and stable community for the families of Monticello. His initiatives include the Family Violence Response Team and the Sullivan County Drug Court. And while his effects are far-reaching, DA Farrell takes the time to be present here in Monticello with our students to help teach them about making good decisions.

“Every year, he is here talking to our students at ‘Not One More’,” said Orestano-James, referring to a program that highlights the dangers of drunk, drugged and distracted driving. “He does anti-bullying programs throughout the county and has dedicated much time and resources to the opioid crises and how it affects our students. He truly believes the future of our society lies with our students.”