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Bethany Public School District Names New Superintendent

Bethany Public School District Names New Superintendent

The Bethany Board of Education is pleased to announce that Kai Byrd has been appointed the Superintendent of the Bethany Public School District effective July 1, 2022, upon the retirement of current Superintendent Colleen Murray.  The Board wishes to thank the staff, parents/guardians, and community members for sharing their input throughout the hiring process by identifying the defining skills and qualities required of the next superintendent.

Mrs. Byrd has served as Bethany’s Director of Special Services, Curriculum, and Instruction since 2018.  She came to Bethany from the Orange Public School District, where she served as the Director of Special Services and then Principal of the Mary L. Tracy School.  In Bethany, she oversaw a highly successful reorganization of special education services, bringing a rare combination of deep knowledge, clarity of goals and responsibilities, and profound empathy to the support of our children.  She has a talent for connecting both with students and with their families.  In her curricular role, she has overseen a major reorganization of our curriculum, bringing it in line with the new Common Core standards, incorporating modern principles of how children learn, and moving us towards the goal of individualized educational plans for every student.  Her ability to manage these distinct roles with such a facility is exceptional – there is no other district in the State in which these roles are combined, and there may well be nobody else in the state who could manage such a portfolio so successfully.

Mrs. Byrd is a committed and experienced educator with a proven record of success.  She is an authentic, collaborative, and reflective educational leader with a proven record of achievement, innovative growth mindset, strong organizational and prioritization abilities, fiscal responsibility, and commitment to the community.  Mrs. Byrd serves on many local and state committees and organizations and is sought out for her expertise by her peers.

When Mrs. Byrd is not working with students or teachers; she spends time with her husband, son, and two grandsons.  She is involved in many organizations and is a proud member of the Epsilon Omicron Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated and the Waterbury CT Chapter of the Links, Incorporated.  The Bethany Board of Education is confident that the District will be in good hands in the coming years with Kai Byrd at the helm.

The Board will hold a reception in the spring in order for the Bethany community to welcome Mrs. Byrd into her new role as Superintendent.

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