Signing Off

I am overwhelmed with gratitude to my colleagues, my students, and this community for the privilege to have served as superintendent. Over the past 30 years of my career in KCK, I have meet so many wonderful people. I have been so inspired by the stories of our truly extraordinary students, families, and the talented and dedicated staff who I have worked alongside each day.   Our school district has a rich history and strong foundation of collective responsibility and achieving results that matter for our students.

We can all be proud of the significant achievements and strides made over the last decade. Working together has resulted in:

  • Kansas City, Kansas (KCK) being named one of the 100 Best Communities for Young People by the America’s Promise Alliance; and
  • KCK Public Schools being recognized as one of the nation’s most innovative school districts by the National Association of School Boards, as well as heralded by the Kansas State Department of Education as a leader in school transformation.

Our collective efforts have reduced the number of homeless children by nearly 50% since 2015.  Thank you, Avenue of Life, for bringing our community partners together to address the housing needs of our families!

Today, our collective efforts to develop and implement Diploma+ (kckps.org/diplomaplus)is giving our students a step up on their future.  The Kansas State Department of Education and our local business community are fully engaged to ensure our student graduate with their high school diploma and endorsements that will open the doors to their future.  This fall, high schools will open with College and Career Academies aligned to the high demand and high wage jobs in our metro area and beyond.

Our graduation rate for the class of 2018 is anticipated to have increased to at least 75%, a significant improvement moving in the right direction.  These same students earned more than $80 million in college scholarships.  We have more to do to increase our graduation level and improve overall academic performance, nonetheless we must celebrate all that we have accomplished by working together.

Our collective efforts during the last 10 years have also led to significant investments in our school and athletic facilities.  We have rebuilt and renovated 15 school facilities.  Over the next five years, with the 2016 voter approved $235 million bond, the district will replace five more school facilities, and make significant improvements to all of our school facilities, all without a tax increase.

Our work is not complete.  As we welcome new leadership to the district, we must continue to lead the call that equity and excellence in education is the right of ALL children. As I enter the end of my season in KCKPS, I ask that we remain vigilant. Remain vigilant to

  • expand access to early childhood programs;
  • close the opportunity gap many of our children face;
  • recruit and retain a diverse workforce, comprised of the best teachers, administrators, and support staff, and to
  • ensure the promise of Diploma+ is realized for all of our students.

Always remember, we are better together.  “Let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9 “It Up to Us!”

God Bless,

Dr. Cynthia Lane

Signing Off Until Our Paths Meet Again!

 

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13 Responses to Signing Off

  1. Debi Apple says:

    Cindy,
    Thank you for your dedication and support of the Early Childhood program in KCKPS!

  2. Tom Sowers says:

    Thank you very much Dr. Lane for your unwavering leadership and passion for students from pre-kindergarten and beyond!

  3. Mauree white says:

    Dr. Lane you will be missed! You are compassionate and have been dedicated throughout my experience with kck I cannot remember a time I called or emailed you personally and you didn’t respond personally! I hope we will still see you in the community may God continue to bless you!

  4. Grace Elmore says:

    Dr. Lane,
    You will be very much missed. Can’t wait to see what you get up to next. All the love and respect. Grace Elmore

  5. R shaffer says:

    Dr. Lane,
    Thank you for all that you did. Your dedication to the staff our community and especially the children. .
    You will be greatly missed 🙁
    God Bless you and all that you do.
    Happy Retirement!

  6. Kelly Moore says:

    Dr. Cindy Lane,
    Thank you for the tireless effort you have displayed for our students, staff, and community. We appreciate all you have done and wish you the best! Happy Retirement! Enjoy! You deserve it!

  7. Vickie Stone says:

    Have a happy retirement! You will be missed! Your dedication to the students, the staff, and families of USD 500 has been so inspiring! You’re the best!!

  8. Sarah Pike says:

    Dr. Lane
    Thank you for your unwavering leadership and commitment to to the students and staff of KCK. You will be missed! Best of luck to you in the future!

  9. Jan Thomas says:

    Words cannot express the depth of my appreciation for you….enjoy your time….I will miss you…..much love!

  10. Ann Hamil says:

    Thank you Dr. Lane for your energy in service to the students and community in KCK. You showed us how to believe in ourselves. Enjoy your graduation to whatever comes next, may it be a learning adventure for you.

  11. Judy Fink says:

    Thank you for you leadership and the support you provided for everyone! Wishing you the best throughout your next journey!! Take care of you!!!

  12. Theresa Van Goethem says:

    Dr. Lane,
    From the moment you joined KCKPS as a special education teacher, then as parent educator, Coordinator, Principal, Director of SPED, Assist. Superintendent and Superintendent…you have given your all. Your love for the students and families in our community never wavered. You have demonstrated what it means to be a true leader, working hand in hand in every area in our district – always working together for success. And your work with the community – always making an impact. I am so proud of you. You deserve the best in your retirement. I know we will see your continued presence in Wyandotte County, continuing to make an impact. Thank you !

  13. Jean Ney says:

    You, my friend, have been a class act from day one. I couldn’t be prouder of your inspirational leadership and the work you have done. Well done, good and faithful servant!

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