Broken Arrow Elementary’s interim principal named to new role; will assist families transitioning out of closing schools

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Broken Arrow Elementary School’s interim principal, Amanda Green, has been selected for a position in which she will help families transitioning out of the two schools that the district is closing after the end of this year, according to an announcement from Lawrence Public Schools.

The Lawrence school board voted on March 27 to close Broken Arrow and Pinckney elementary schools as part of a package of budget cuts.

Green’s new position, coordinator of systems of support, is effective July 1 and pending school board approval, according to the announcement.

“Funded by Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief funds, this position will utilize Green’s leadership and skills in supporting elementary students’ academic, behavioral, and social-emotional needs with consistent and effective implementation of the district’s Comprehensive, Three-Tiered Model of Prevention, called Ci3T,” according to the announcement. “In this role, she also will support successful transitions for staff and families, including those affected by school closures. This summer will be Green’s second as lead administrator of the district’s elementary summer learning program.”

Green said in the announcement that she is “exceedingly confident” in the ability of Broken Arrow staff and families to come together to create systems of support that will positively impact all students, and that she is honored to “have the opportunity to continue to work to ensure successful student-centered systems of support in elementary schools across the district.”

Green is completing her first year in the interim principal role after serving as a learning coach at Broken Arrow for four years and “guiding educators in using tiered interventions to meet the individual needs of students,” according to the announcement. She previously served as an academic interventionist and a fifth grade teacher in Gardner Edgerton school district for nine years, and she earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Emporia State University, according to the announcement.

“Broken Arrow has been my home for five years and each year I have been amazed to see the genuine care and connections, innovative ideas, and incredible growth among students, teachers, and our Broken Arrow community,” Green said in the announcement. “I feel incredibly fortunate to have been a part of ensuring that all students at Broken Arrow are embraced, challenged, and celebrated. I will truly cherish the memories made, the goals reached, and the challenges that were always turned into opportunities to learn and grow. Broken Arrow students and staff are absolutely phenomenal and will continue to be ‘difference makers’ in our community and beyond.”

Superintendent Anthony Lewis said in the announcement that Green has been an invaluable asset to the Broken Arrow community as a principal and learning coach.

“Her dedication, passion, and unwavering commitment to student success have made a lasting impact,” Lewis said. “I am incredibly grateful for her leadership and the positive influence she has had on our students, staff, and school families.”

The district also announced Friday that Jennifer Schmitt, current interim principal at Pinckney, will fill the role of principal at Liberty Memorial Central Middle School. Jason Townsend, interim principal of Prairie Park Elementary, has been named to the position permanently.

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