The Lakeland School Board announced its decision to hire Dr. Brendan Lyons as its new superintendent at a board meeting on Tuesday, May 5. 

 The decision comes after an eight-month search. 

Lyons will take over for Dr. George Stone on July 1. Stone announced last year that he would be retiring after serving 10 years at the helm.  

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“We are grateful for Dr. Stone’s leadership and commitment to the Lakeland community over the years. He has been instrumental in strengthening the district’s mission of providing all students with the opportunity for success and has more recently helped navigate us through the pandemic crisis,” said Lakeland School Board President Mike Daly. “Similarly, Dr. Lyons is dedicated to building a superior learning environment and has the experience and enthusiasm to move Lakeland forward, especially in a challenging new world where we face many uncertainties from COVID-19, including lost instructional time, emotional challenges and budget reductions.”

Lyons previously worked for 25-years in the Arlington School District and began as a social studies teacher before rising through the ranks and appointed as Arlington School Superintendent in 2013.

He has overseen a $215 million annual operating budget and has supervised four assistant superintendents and 11 building principals. He has also made contributions to the district which include implementing a strategic planning process and developed an equity initiative that has examined student disciplinary practices, course enrollment, and grading.

“I am honored and excited to join the Lakeland Central School District as its next superintendent. This is an outstanding community that places the best interests of students at the center of all its decisions,” Lyons said. “I look forward to fully immersing myself in learning about the district and the people in it. I also want to thank the board of education for their trust in me to lead after such a well-respected superintendent as Dr. Stone.”

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