By Rosemary Leonetti, Syntax.
Lynbrook school board members unanimously appointed Dr. Paul Lynch to serve as the district’s new assistant superintendent for finance, operations and information services, effective July 1.
Dr. Lynch has served as the district’s director of communications, technology and library-media services since he joined the district in September 2009.
“The last four years have been among the happiest and most productive in my career,” said Dr. Lynch. “It is my sincere hope that I will be able to build upon these successes as well as the lessons learned from my years as a member of the district’s central administration.”
Among Dr. Lynch’s most conspicuous accomplishments during his tenure in Lynbrook are the establishment of the 2:1 laptop program in the elementary schools, the launching of a pilot iPad program in the secondary schools, the foundation of new computer rooms in the technology workshops at North and South middle schools, the establishment of a Mac lab at the high school, the revival of a computer lab at South Middle, the renovation of computer labs in all three elementary schools, the expansion of the video surveillance system throughout the district, and the complete overhaul of the Network Operations Center.
Among his less visible but equally important successes, Dr. Lynch worked with the assistant superintendent for business, Dr. Melissa Burak, to move the district’s ambitious technology instruction goals forward with essentially no increase in the technology budget.
Under Dr. Lynch’s supervision, the equipment leasing arrangements with Nassau BOCES were restructured and smarter leasing arrangements were arranged. This, along with other prudent budgeting measures, allowed the district to reinvest the realized savings into programs that were of direct benefit to students.
Prior to his tenure in Lynbrook, Dr. Lynch served for three years as the associate superintendent for public policy and government programs for the Archdiocese of New York, where he managed the budget and operations of programs totaling $37 million. He also served for five years as both the director of information technology and director of instructional technology K-12 for the Diocese of Rockville Centre.
No stranger to the classroom, he has taught secondary English and is an adjunct professor at Fordham University’s Graduate School of Education. He also has taught courses at Molloy College. In addition, he once served as the director of education services for BASCOM Inc., an Internet software company based in Hauppauge, N.Y.
Dr. Lynch has been published in numerous professional journals in the fields of education and technology and has presented at various educational conventions. He has also been recognized with awards for innovation and leadership in instructional technology.
Dr. Lynch earned his doctorate in philosophy of education from Fordham University. He also holds New York State certification as both a school district administrator and a secondary English teacher.
The position of assistant superintendent for finance, operations and information systems, which was created by the Lynbrook Board of Education on June 12, will replace the previous position of assistant superintendent for business. The new title reflects the broader responsibilities that Dr. Lynch will assume in this position.