Kansas City, Kan., Public Schools Superintendent Cynthia Lane announces her retirement

Cynthia Lane will be stepping down from KCKPS at the end of this year.
Cynthia Lane will be stepping down from KCKPS at the end of this year.

Another metro area district on the Kansas side of the state line will be looking for a new superintendent.

Kansas City, Kan., Public Schools Superintendent Cynthia Lane announced on Tuesday that she will retire at the end of this school year. She had led the district at superintendent for the past eight years, and has spent nearly three decades with KCKPS.

Lane was among the more vocal figures in recent debates about the Kansas K-12 funding formula, and lobbied strongly for enhancements to school budgets as well as a more equitable funding mechanism. In recent years, she and former Shawnee Mission Superintendent Jim Hinson found themselves in disagreement about how the state should address the court’s directions in the Gannon rulings.

With just over 21,000 students, Kansas City, Kan., Public Schools is the fifth largest district in the state, behind Wichita, Olathe, Shawnee Mission and Blue Valley.

Lane will be the fourth area superintendent to leave a major Kansas-side district over the past three years. Blue Valley Superintendent Tom Trigg left the district after 11 years for a job in Texas in 2015. Olathe Superintendent Marlin Berry left for a job in Arkansas after six years in the top spot at the Johnson County district. And Jim Hinson retired from Shawnee Mission Schools in 2017 after four years.

Shawnee Mission’s board of education is set to review a selection of applications for its superintendent opening in a closed session Jan. 20.