June 3, 2015
Contact: Randy Walikonis, Board of Education Chairman
Mansfield Board of Education appoints Kelly Lyman as new superintendent
MANSFIELD –The Board of Education welcomed Kelly Lyman as the new superintendent of schools on Tuesday, unanimously voting her to the position.
The Board held a special meeting to appoint Lyman as the superintendent. She replaces Fred Baruzzi, who resigned from the position in January.
Lyman, of West Simsbury, has been assistant superintendent of Regional School District 15 serving Southbury and Middlebury since 2011. She begins her new post as Mansfield superintendent in August. Dr. Richard Kisiel, who is serving as the interim superintendent, will continue in the position until Lyman assumes leadership.
"I am thrilled to be joining a community that places a high value on the care and education of its children,” Lyman said. “To have the opportunity to lead a school system that has a history of excellence through innovative programming and has maintained a focus on meeting the needs of the whole child will be professionally rewarding for me as an educator.”
The school board hired Trumbull-based C.E.S. to conduct the search for a new superintendent. The search process included community focus groups and an online survey to gauge the leadership attributes and personal qualities desired for the next superintendent. Dr. H. Kaye Griffin served as lead consultant for C.E.S.
Fourteen candidates applied for the position, including six who interviewed with the Board of Education. Lyman emerged as the lead candidate for the Mansfield superintendency from a pool of three semifinalists.
Lyman entered contract negotiations with the board following a successful day of meeting with community stakeholders on June 16. Feedback was overwhelmingly positive and the Board knew it had found the right candidate to lead the district’s schools.
“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.”
In addition to the required Connecticut certifications for executive leadership, Lyman holds a Master's degree in school psychology from the University of Connecticut and a bachelor's degree in special education/elementary education from Boston College.
Lyman’s educational career spans more than 30 years in Connecticut with experience in primarily elementary and middle school positions. She began her education career by working nine years as a special education teacher in Windsor Public Schools. After serving in a one-year appointment in the position of assistant principal at Irving A. Robbins Middle School in Farmington, Lyman served as the principal of Batcheller Elementary School in Winsted for three years. She returned to Farmington Public Schools in 1997, serving for eight years as principal of Noah Wallace Elementary School followed by six years as principal of Robbins Middle School before becoming assistant superintendent in Region 15.
She 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.
Mansfield is part of Regional School District 19, which also serves the towns of Ashford and Willington and has a separate superintendent overseeing E.O. Smith High School. Lyman will lead students, administrators, and educational staff for Mansfield’s three elementary schools and middle school.
“I look forward to meeting the citizens of the Mansfield community and to working with the dedicated faculty and staff in the Mansfield schools, as well as working with our colleagues in Region 19," Lyman said.