Superintendent's Office

  • The superintendent talking to three students about their work


    Review Dr. Anthony Lewis' 2023-2024 State of the Schools Address (PDF) or watch the video!

    The Superintendent of Schools serves as the educational leader of the district, overseeing the educational development of its students and the professional development of its staff. The Superintendent maintains positive relationships with the Board of Education, teachers, staff, parents, university and business leaders, and the community to advance excellence in every aspect of the district’s operations.

    Dr. Anthony Lewis joined the district in 2018-19 as the ninth superintendent to lead consolidated Unified School District 497 in Lawrence. Dr. Carl Knox served from 1962-84, followed by Dr. Dan Neuenswander (1984-92), Dr. Al Azinger (1992-98), Dr. Kathleen Williams (1998-2000), Randy Weseman (2000-09), Dr. Rick Doll (2009-16), Kyle Hayden (2016-17), and Dr. Anna Stubblefield (2017-18).

    Lawrence school superintendents prior to the consolidation of USD 497, include:

    • Albert Newman (1867-68)
    • William C. Tenney (1868-70)
    • W. C. Rote (1870-74)
    • W. H. Cole (1874-75)
    • D. B. English (1875-77)
    • W. A. Boles (1877-80)
    • Ed Stanley (1880-95)
    • F. P. Smith (1895-1915)
    • Raymond B. Kent (1915-21)
    • Harry P. Smith (1921-27)
    • W. W. Curfman (1927-31)
    • C. E. Birch (1931-39)
    • Clifford Dean (1939-45)
    • B. George Saltzman (1945-46)
    • E. L. Novotny (1946-49)
    • William D. Wolfe (1950-62)
  • Anthony Lewis
    Superintendent of Schools
    Twitter: @draslewis
    Alyse Donnell
    Executive Assistant to the Superintendent
    Clerk of the Board
    785/832-5000 x 1992
    Lawrence Public Schools
    USD 497
    110 McDonald Drive
    Lawrence, KS 66044-1063