District Announces Interim Principal

Cynthia Johnson was named the interim principal at Lawrence High School pending school board approval. She will take over July 1.

Cynthia Johnson was named the interim principal at Lawrence High School pending school board approval. She will take over July 1.

By Nadia Sanburn, Assistant Online Editor

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Cynthia Johnson was named LHS’s interim principal following the recent resignation of Matt Brungardt, the district announced today. The press release also included that Quentin Rials, the interim assistant principal appointed last November, will become a full assistant principal effective July 1.

Brungardt accepted the principal position at Salina Central High and will resign from LHS effective June 30.

Johnson has many years of experience in the field of education, according to the district’s press release announcing her selection. The decision is pending official approval by the school board at its Monday meeting.  

“An independent national educational consultant since 1993, Dr. Johnson has served 30 plus years as a high school speech, forensics, and special education teacher; middle/high school principal, elementary principal leadership coach, and district-level project leader in Missouri, including in Kansas City, Grandview, Sedalia, Blue Springs, and Raytown,” the district said in its press release.

The district also mentioned her education background.

“She has facilitated professional development in more than 40 states and for the Association of Middle Level Education and National Association of Secondary School Principals,” the press release said. “Her workshops focus on diversity, equity, inclusion, social justice, culturally responsive teaching, social-emotional learning, school connectedness, youth and family empowerment, and trauma-informed schools.”

Johnson earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Central Missouri State University and her doctorate at Baker University.

“I am excited about joining the Lawrence High School Chesty Lion team and look forward to connecting with students, staff, parents and the Lawrence community,” said Johnson in the press release. “Together, we can build upon a legacy of success at LHS and ensure each student is fully equipped for college, career, and life.”

The Budget attempted to reach out to Johnson directly, but the district declined to provide Johnson’s contact information.

The district will be holding a meet and greet with Dr. Johnson from 3:30-4:00 p.m. May 16 in the LHS library. There will also be a reception for community members from 4:00-5:30 p.m. May 16 in the LHS cafeteria.