The Lakeland Board of Education tonight named Dr. George E. Stone, currently of the Cape Henlopen School District in Delaware the next Superintendent of Schools in Lakeland.
Stone, 58, begins July 1. He replaces Kenneth Connolly who is retiring.
“Dr. Stone brings 14 years of experience as a superintendent and strong leadership qualities to Lakeland,” school board President Elizabeth Kogler said in a statement tonight released to the media and employees districtwide. “He looks forward to helping the district continue to excel. We are excited about his joining our district and continuing to move the district forward.”
“We want to thank the members of the confidential search committee for their hard work in assisting the Board of Education in the process of finding the district’s new educational leader,” Kogler added.
The search committee included parents, staff and members of the community. The district received 26 applications for the position. After an initial screening, the Board interviewed six candidates. The committee then interviewed four finalists and provided the board with feedback.
Stone has been a Superintendent in Cape Henlopen since 2005. Prior to that, he served as Superintendent in Delmar School District, also in Delaware, from 1996-2005. He was named Delaware State Superintendent of the Year in 2006. He has been a middle school and elementary school principal and was an elementary school teacher from 1974 to 1980.
He received a B.S. with Honors from the University of Maryland, a Masters of Arts in Education Administration from West Virginia University and his Doctor of Education from the University of Maryland. He has a New York State Superintendent’s Certificate. He and his wife have four children.