Lyle school board "thrilled" over newly hired superintendent/principal


The Lyle School District Board of Directors say they are thrilled to announce that Andrew Kelly has accepted the position of K-12 Superintendent/Principal. The Lyle School District hosted Kelly on June 14 and 15, as their finalist candidate to lead the Lyle School District beginning in the 2015-16 school year. On June 18, in their regular board meeting, the board affirmed the decision, unanimously, to hire Kelly.

Kelly shared his vision for the school during two days of meetings with students, faculty and the community.

Kelly challenged all audiences to begin to believe that Lyle can and should “be the highest performing district in the State of Washington.”

School Board Chair, Tria Bullard stated, “Andy’s background, specifically as a high school principal for 17 years and most recently overseeing all of the SIG (School Improvement Grant) schools in the state, makes him the perfect candidate to support Lyle on its journey from a SIG school to becoming a school of distinction.”

In the past three years, Kelly has directed more than 280 schools, statewide, showing dramatic improvement, according to the board. The SIG/RAD schools in Washington State (Lyle Middle School is part of SIG cohort 3) have met or outpaced the entire nation in improvement. The four lowest performing schools in the state, designated “RAD” (Required Action District) are no longer low performing, according to school officials.

Kelly began his career as a music teacher. He holds a MA in Educational Administration from Heritage University in Toppenish and his BA in Music Education from Central Washington University. When asked about his goals for the district, Kelly said, “My belief is that it is my moral obligation to ensure that every single student in the Lyle community graduates from high school prepared for college, career and beyond.”

Our kids deserve better and we as a school and community can do better on their behalf!” The Lyle School District will host a welcome back reception for students and families and formally introduce Kelly to the community this fall—date to be announced. Kelly can be reached at

Prior to his work at OSPI, Kelly worked as a turnaround high school principal in three different communities in three different states; Procter R. Hug High School in Reno, Nevada, Roosevelt High School in Portland, Oregon, and Clover Park High School in Lakewood, Washington.

As part of his continued professional growth, Kelly is enrolled at Washington State University and will begin his superintendent credential/doctorate program in August.


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