Interim principals of West Middle School, Cordley Elementary to step into roles permanently

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Kathy Branson and Becky Reaver, interim principals of West Middle School and Cordley Elementary in Lawrence, respectively, have been promoted to permanent principal positions, the Lawrence school district announced Friday.

Branson was named interim principal in June 2021 and has been at West for about 28 years, teaching math for almost 19 years before stepping into the assistant principal and athletic director role for nine years.


“I am appreciative of the confidence and trust (Superintendent Dr. Anthony) Lewis has placed in me to continue to lead West Middle School as its principal. It is an honor to continue working with West’s students, staff, and families on our goals for supporting the success of each of our students,” Branson said in the district’s news release.

Reaver is completing her 21st year in the district, according to the release. She was named interim principal at Cordley in June 2021; in prior roles, she has served as an Autism specialist and taught at district elementary and middle schools.

“I’m humbled, thrilled, and honored to be named principal at Cordley. What especially makes me jump for joy is my excitement about the work we can continue to do together for this amazing Cordley community!” Reaver said in the release.

Lewis spoke highly of both educators in the release.

“Few individuals know West better than Kathy. With nearly three decades of dedication to the school’s success and strong relationships throughout the community, Kathy continues to provide exceptional leadership to guide support for all students,” he said.

“Becky has drawn on her full range of teaching experiences, knowledge, and skills to continue to provide outstanding leadership for the Cordley school community,” Lewis said, according to the release. “Her passion shows as she guides faculty and staff to successfully partner with school families to meet the individual needs of students.”

Both promotions are pending school board approval.

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