Palm Springs Nabs Supt. From Santa Monica-Malibu

Sandra Lyon, who has been superintendent since 2011 for Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District will now take a similar role at Palm Springs Unified School District.

Last year, Lyon had extended her contract into the 2017-18 school year with SMMUSD, but as of July 1 she will call PSUSD her home.

“I have had the wonderful opportunity to serve the Santa Monica and Malibu communities for the past five years,” Lyon said. “And am especially proud to be part of an amazing team of leaders and teachers who have worked very hard to build our school district into the high-performing school district it is today.”

The board will meet May 10 and vote on the matter.

This will be a big change for Lyon. SMUSD has about 11,000 students, while PSUSD has more than double at 23,300. Additionally, about 80 percent of Palm Springs students are socio-economically disadvantaged, something SMMUSD isn’t all too familiar with.

Lyon has 28 years of experience in education serving in various roles for various school districts in Southern California.