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“I am humbled and honored to have been selected for this award,” said Dr. Lane. “I accept it on behalf of the Board of Education and the team of people in the district and in the community who work tirelessly to graduate each student prepared for college and careers in a global society. This award is a tribute to their commitment to this community, and their dedication to the idea that every student deserves access to a high-quality education.”
The Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools (KCKPS) serves 22,000 students preK – 12th grade, almost 90% of whom qualify for free or reduced lunch. The district’s focus is on college and career preparation for each student. The Diploma+ program, begun in 2014, has established the goal of graduating each student with a high school diploma, along with at least one of the following:
At least one year of college completed
A technical degree or credential
At least a 21 on the ACT
KCKPS was the first large district in the Kansas City Metro area to implement a 1:1 laptop initiative for its high school students, an initiative which Dr. Lane helped to spearhead.
This recognition is the culmination of a life dedicated to educational leadership and excellence. Dr. Lane has worked in education for more than 30 years, including the last 14 as an administrator in the Kansas City District. Prior to becoming Superintendent, she worked as an Assistant Superintendent, Director of Special Education, Associate Director of Special Education, and a building principal. Before returning to the Kansas City district in 2001, she served as the Director of Special Education in Spring Hill.
Dr. Lane is a member of the American Association of School Administrators, she chairs the Kansas School Superintendents’ Association legislative committee, and has been extremely active with the United School Administrators of Kansas, where she was recently honored with an USA|Kansas Outstanding Service Award. She is a member of the Kansas-Missouri Superintendent Forum and began her leadership career as a member of the Kansas Association of Special Education Administrators.
In addition to her education leadership, Dr. Lane is actively engaged in the community. She is involved with the Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, Parents and Child Empowerment Services, and serves on the Country Club Bank Advisory Board. Her passion for early education is demonstrated through her continued involvement with the Successful Partnership to Assure Readiness for Kindergarten (SPARK) and Kindergarten Ready Committee.
She earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Pittsburg State University and doctorate degree from the University of Kansas. In 2013 she was honored by the University of Kansas with a Leadership for Learning Award, and in 2014 received a Meritorious Achievement Award from Pittsburg State University.
Dr. Lane will represent Kansas at the American Association of School Administrators’ National Conference on Education in February in Phoenix, and will be considered for the National Superintendent of the Year program.