At the recent meeting of the Board of Education, Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Cynthia Lane announced she will retire, effective June 30, 2018.
“Over the last several months, I have come to know that I am in the winter of my time serving as superintendent in KCKPS,” Dr. Lane told the audience. “Thirty years of service in KCK, including eight as superintendent, has always been part of my plan. Now is the time to create space and opportunities for our next generation of leaders. I do so with confidence that new leadership, working closely with our board, will move Diploma+, and all the work we have done to help our students reach their dreams, to the next level of success.”
Dr. Lane is the 14th superintendent in the history of the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools, and the second woman to serve in that role. In addition to serving as superintendent, she has also served in KCKPS as an assistant superintendent of business and instructional support services, director of special education, principal, and teacher. In addition, she has served as an adjunct professor for the University of Kansas School of Education/Special Education, as well as served as a guest lecturer for many local colleges and universities.
Dr. Lane is recognized across the state of Kansas as a tireless advocate for children, and for their education. She has received numerous honors and awards, including being recognized in 2016 as Kansas Superintendent of the Year. She was also honored as the 2016 Kansas PTA Educator of the Year, was recognized in 2016 as a Distinguished Kansan by the Topeka Capitol-Journal, and received the Whitney M. Young Boy Scouts of America Leadership Award in 2012.
“Whatever may occur on the road ahead, I will continue to be a strong advocate and supporter of KCKPS,” Dr. Lane said. “Together, we have moved the school district from a good urban district, to a district held up as one of the most innovative and student-focused districts in our state. We have done this work together. It certainly hasn’t been easy, but it has been right.”
Brenda C. Jones, Board of Education president, thanked Dr. Lane for her service.
“Dr. Lane, you have been an inspirational leader for this district, this community, and this state,” Ms. Jones said. “When you leave, this district will be stronger than you found it. You have been a courageous advocate for our students, but even more, you have been a tireless voice for all children in Kansas, and you have led with vision, passion, and grace. We know that your work is not yet done, and that your passion for our children will never be retired.”
Dr. Lane’s retirement will be effective on June 30, 2018.