Superintendent of Schools: Dr. Cynthia Lane

Dr. Cynthia Lane, Superintendent of Schools

Dr. Cynthia Lane is highly recognized for her leadership in the field of education. She has more than 35 years of professional experience, including 29 years in the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools. Dr. Lane continues the history of strong leadership, serving as the fourteenth superintendent of the district since its formation in 1886.

Lane considers it a privilege to serve the community as superintendent. She has received numerous recognitions and awards, which are testaments to her belief in empowering others through education. She models the attributes of a servant leader, cultivating partnerships and actively engaging community, business and civic leaders in the work of the district. Her attitude is that all things are possible when we come together to improve our futures.

Lane’s past leadership positions have spanned the realm of education, and include serving as Assistant Superintendent of Business and Instructional Support Services, Director of Special Education, principal, Director of the Parent and Professional Partnership Advocacy Coalition, and six years as a classroom 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.

           

Recent Awards and Recognitions

  • 50 Kansans You Should Know, Ingram’s 2017
  • Camp Fire Education Champion, 2017
  • Distinguished Service Award, Kansas School Superintendent’s Association, 2017
  • Distinguished Kansans, Topeka Capital-Journal 2016
  • Equity Award, AAUW, KCKCC, 2016
  • Leadership Award, Leadership 2020, 2016
  • Administrator of the Year, Debate Kansas City, 2016
  • Educator of the Year, Kansas PTA, 2016
  • Kansas Superintendent of the Year, 2016
  • “Robert H. Meneilly Honoree,” Mainstream Education Foundation, 2015
  • “I’ve Got Guts Award,” Kansas Families for Education, 2015
  • Outstanding Service Award, United School Administrators of Kansas 2015
  • Mid-America Education Hall of Fame Inductee, 2015
  • Marjorie Holwick Kansas PTA Wall of Fame/Honorary Lifetime Membership, 2015
  • Kansas Superintendent of the Year Finalist, 2014
  • Meritorious Achievement Award, Pittsburg State University, 2014
  • Kansas School Superintendents Association Recognition of Service/Leadership, 2013
  • Kansas Music Educator’s Association Honored Administrator, 2013
  • PRIDE Back to School Leadership and Service Recognition, 2013
  • Leadership and Learning Award, University of Kansas, 2013
  • Whitney M. Young Boy Scouts of America Leadership Award, 2012
  • Kansas Association of School Superintendents, Superintendent of Promise, 2011

Professional Affiliations

Member of the American Association of School Administrators

Member of the Kansas School Superintendent’s Association

Member of the Kansas Department of Education Assessment Advisory Committee

Kansas State Department of Education P- 20 Advisory Committee

Kansas/ Missouri Superintendent’s Forum Advisory Board

Education Advisory Committee to Congressman Kevin Yoder

Kansas Association of School Business Officers, 2007 - 2010

Council for Exceptional Children, 1999- 2005

Civic and Community Affiliations

Kansas City, Kansas Chamber of Commerce Executive Board

Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce Superintendent’s Forum

Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce Chair of Early Education Finance Committee

KC Rising Steering Committee

GRADFORCE KC, Mid-American Regional Council

PACES Parent and Child Empowerment Services Executive Board 2010-2017

Successful Partnerships to Assure Readiness for Kindergarten (SPARK)

Country Club Bank Advisory Board

Rotary, 2007 – 2012

Kansas City, Kansas School’s Foundation for Excellence, 2006 - 2010

Young Women on the Move, 2009

Parks and Recreation Board Community Advisor, 2008 - 2010

Children’s Therapeutic Learning Center, 2008 – 2009

Head Start Policy Council, 2004 – 2006

Leadership 2000, Class XVII

Dr. Cynthia Lane is highly recognized for her leadership in the field of education. She has more than 35 years of professional experience, including 29 years in the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools. Dr. Lane continues the history of strong leadership, serving as the fourteenth superintendent of the district since its formation in 1886.

Lane considers it a privilege to serve the community as superintendent. She has received numerous recognitions and awards, which are testaments to her belief in empowering others through education. She models the attributes of a servant leader, cultivating partnerships and actively engaging community, business and civic leaders in the work of the district. Her attitude is that all things are possible when we come together to improve our futures.

Lane’s past leadership positions have spanned the realm of education, and include serving as Assistant Superintendent of Business and Instructional Support Services, Director of Special Education, principal, Director of the Parent and Professional Partnership Advocacy Coalition, and six years as a classroom 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.

Recent Awards and Recognitions

  • 50 Kansans You Should Know, Ingram’s 2017
  • Camp Fire Education Champion, 2017
  • Distinguished Service Award, Kansas School Superintendent’s Association, 2017
  • Distinguished Kansans, Topeka Capital-Journal 2016
  • Equity Award, AAUW, KCKCC, 2016
  • Leadership Award, Leadership 2020, 2016
  • Administrator of the Year, Debate Kansas City, 2016
  • Educator of the Year, Kansas PTA, 2016
  • Kansas Superintendent of the Year, 2016
  • “Robert H. Meneilly Honoree,” Mainstream Education Foundation, 2015
  • “I’ve Got Guts Award,” Kansas Families for Education, 2015
  • Outstanding Service Award, United School Administrators of Kansas 2015
  • Mid-America Education Hall of Fame Inductee, 2015
  • Marjorie Holwick Kansas PTA Wall of Fame/Honorary Lifetime Membership, 2015
  • Kansas Superintendent of the Year Finalist, 2014
  • Meritorious Achievement Award, Pittsburg State University, 2014
  • Kansas School Superintendents Association Recognition of Service/Leadership, 2013
  • Kansas Music Educator’s Association Honored Administrator, 2013
  • PRIDE Back to School Leadership and Service Recognition, 2013
  • Leadership and Learning Award, University of Kansas, 2013
  • Whitney M. Young Boy Scouts of America Leadership Award, 2012
  • Kansas Association of School Superintendents, Superintendent of Promise, 2011

Professional Affiliations

Member of the American Association of School Administrators

Member of the Kansas School Superintendent’s Association

Member of the Kansas Department of Education Assessment Advisory Committee

Kansas State Department of Education P- 20 Advisory Committee

Kansas/ Missouri Superintendent’s Forum Advisory Board

Education Advisory Committee to Congressman Kevin Yoder

Kansas Association of School Business Officers, 2007 - 2010

Council for Exceptional Children, 1999- 2005

Civic and Community Affiliations

Kansas City, Kansas Chamber of Commerce Executive Board

Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce Superintendent’s Forum

Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce Chair of Early Education Finance Committee

KC Rising Steering Committee

GRADFORCE KC, Mid-American Regional Council

PACES Parent and Child Empowerment Services Executive Board 2010-2017

Successful Partnerships to Assure Readiness for Kindergarten (SPARK)

Country Club Bank Advisory Board

Rotary, 2007 – 2012

Kansas City, Kansas School’s Foundation for Excellence, 2006 - 2010

Young Women on the Move, 2009

Parks and Recreation Board Community Advisor, 2008 - 2010

Children’s Therapeutic Learning Center, 2008 – 2009

Head Start Policy Council, 2004 – 2006

Leadership 2000, Class XVII

Educational History

Ed.D. University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

          Major:  Special Education Administration Minor: Educational Leadership

M.S.  Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, Kansas, Major: Behavior Disorders

B.S.Ed.  Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, Kansas, Major: Elementary Education