SMMUSD Chooses Palmdale Official for Superintendent
BY JULIE FULMER WALLACH
Sandra "Sandy" Lyon was appointed as the new superintendent by the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District board of education at a special meeting Monday. She will begin the post on July 1.
Lyon will replace current superintendent Tim Cuneo, who will retire after two-and-a-half years with the district.
Board member Laurie Lieberman welcomed Lyon to "our crazy district," and said that Lyon "fits the description of what the community asked for in a leader."
The new superintendent served as the chief leadership officer of the Palmdale Unified School District for the past two years. Prior to that, she served as the superintendent/principal of Hughes-Elizabeth Lakes School District.
Vice president of the board Ben Allen commented, "I'm thrilled to welcome Sandy Lyon to our school district. We had a very strong pool of candidates, but were so impressed by Sandy's combination of experience, leadership, warmth and vision.
"Everyone who knows Sandy sings her praises, and I know that she'll make an exceptional superintendent for our district."