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Board of Education appoints new interim superintendent

The coming weeks will be a time of exciting change and new beginnings for BKW.

As the district bids farewell to current Superintendent Dr. Paul Dorward, and wishes him luck in his new venture as Superintendent of the Beacon City School District, BKW also prepares to welcome Mr. Lonnie Palmer as his interim replacement. Mr. Palmer will be stepping into the role of BKW’s Superintendent on an interim basis beginning July 1, 2013 as the Board searches for Dorward’s permanent replacement.

Interim Superintendent Lonnie Palmer

Mr. Lonnie Palmer (pictured above) will replace Dr. Paul Dorward as acting Superindendent of BKW Schools. Palmer will serve an interim role while the Board of Education seeks a permanent replacement for Dorward. He will begin with the district on July 1, 2013.

On June 3, the Board unanimously voted to appoint Mr. Palmer to the interim position resulting in a small cost-savings to the district.

Mr. Palmer, a storied Superintendent, brings to BKW a special skill set. He has a history of acting as a reformer in diverse districts of both high and low wealth and with enrollments as small as 800 students and as large as the Troy and Albany city school districts, which are two districts where he has acted in the Superintendent role.

In addition to his experience reforming the Troy and Albany city school districts, in 2003, Palmer started a consulting business called Advisory Solutions that analyzed and compared school district performance data with similar districts and established benchmarks for effective school spending and academic performance.

Palmer has a Bachelor’s Degree in Physics from Union College, his Master’s in Physics Education, and a Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Administration from the State University of New York at New Paltz.

Lonnie Palmer’s leadership and experience will help ensure that BKW’s best days lie ahead.

Click here to read more about Mr. Palmer.