Lynbrook names new superintendent


The Lynbrook School District appointed a new superintendent of schools at its board of education meeting Jan. 11.

Lynbrook appointed  Paul Lynch as the new superintendent. Lynch currently is the assistant superintendent for finance, operations, and information systems at Lynbrook.

Current superintendent, Melissa Burak, will retire after 30 years of service to the Lynbrook School District, the last 11 as its superintendent, effective June 30.

“I am honored by the confidence the board of education has placed in me,” Lynch said. “I look forward to serving the community and working with our exceptional teachers and dedicated staff to build on the great legacy of Lynbrook Public Schools.”

Before assuming the role of assistant superintendent, Lynch was the district's director of communications, technology and library-media services for four years.

Prior to coming to Lynbrook, Lynch was associate superintendent for public policy and government programs at the Archdiocese of New York, where he was responsible for executive and legislative advocacy at the national and state levels, as well as the day-to-day implementation of $75 million of government-funded services for over 200 schools in 10 counties, including three New York City boroughs.

Throughout his career, Lynch has worked in many capacities, including as director of technology for the Diocese of Rockville Centre, director of education services at BASCOM and English department chairperson at St. John the Baptist Diocesan High School. Lynch began his career in education as an English teacher at St. Mary’s High School, and for the past 24 years has maintained a close relationship with Fordham University, where he has worked as an adjunct assistant professor teaching doctoral and master’s level courses.

Lynch holds a bachelor of arts from Cathedral College, a master of arts from Immaculate Conception Seminary and a doctorate in education leadership, administration and policy from Fordham University.

“Dr. Lynch is a much-respected member of the Lynbrook school community and is a natural choice to transition into our next school leader,” education board president William Belmont said.