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 34 years of professional experience, including 28 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 1844.

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 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

  • 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
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