Mansfield Board of Education Enters Contract Negotiations with Superintendent Finalist
June 17, 2015
Contact: Randy Walikonis, Board of Education Chairman
MANSFIELD – Following a successful introduction to groups of "key communicators" in Mansfield, the Board of Education is negotiating to bring Kelly Lyman on board as the new superintendent of schools. The school board expects to appoint Lyman as superintendent at a special board meeting before the end of June.
The school board hired Trumbull-based Cooperative Educational Services (C.E.S.) to conduct the search for a new superintendent to replace Fred Baruzzi, who resigned from Mansfield in January. The C.E.S. search consultant conducted community focus groups and administered an online survey to gauge the leadership attributes and personal qualities desired for the next Mansfield superintendent. Fourteen candidates submitted applications for the position, including six who interviewed with the search committee, the Mansfield Board of Education. Lyman emerged as the lead candidate for the Mansfield superintendency from a pool of three semi-finalists.
Currently, Lyman is the assistant superintendent for Regional School District 15 that serves the towns of Southbury and Middlebury, CT, a position she has held since 2011. In addition to the required Connecticut certifications for executive leadership, Lyman holds a Master's degree in school psychology from UCONN and a Bachelor's degree in special education/elementary education from Boston College.
Kelly Lyman’s educational career spans more than 30 years with experience in primarily elementary and middle school positions. She began her education career by working nine years as a special education teacher in the Windsor Public Schools. After serving in a one-year appointment in the position of assistant principal at the Irving Robbins Middle School in Farmington, Mrs. Lyman served as the principal of Batcheller Elementary School in Winsted for three years. She returned to the Farmington Public School district where she then served for eight years as principal of the Noah Wallace Elementary School followed by six years as principal of the Irving A. Robbins Middle School.
Kelly Lyman has also served as a lead professor of practice in the UCONN Educational Leadership program and as an administrator-in-residence for the Connecticut State Department of Education. Additionally, she worked as a director of studies for an alternative education experience conducted by a partnership between UCONN and the Hartford Public Schools. She is also actively involved in several professional organizations.
“Kelly will bring a wealth of educational experience to our district,” said Randy Walikonis, Chairman of the Mansfield Board of Education. “She impressed the search committee with her apparent and relevant leadership qualities, the strength of her elementary and middle school background, and her vision for promoting excellence in our schools.”
On Tuesday, June 16, Lyman met with dozens of community stakeholders during a full day of meetings. School board members and C.E.S. Executive Search Services consultant Dr. H. Kaye Griffin took part in the meetings and afterward collected feedback from Mansfield parents, students, administrators, faculty and staff, and town officials who attended the sessions. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive, leading the school board to begin negotiating terms with Lyman.
Once contract terms are agreed to and Lyman is appointed, she will begin her new post as superintendent in August. Dr. Richard Kisiel, who is currently serving as the interim superintendent, will continue in the position until Lyman assumes the superintendency.