Lawrence Public Schools

USD 497

Mr. Kyle Hayden

Phone: 785-832-5000


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Photo Credit: Mike Yoder, Lawrence Journal-World

Mr. Kyle Hayden

Welcome to Lawrence Public Schools!
I am proud to be serving the Lawrence community as your superintendent of schools. Lawrence Public Schools have a tradition of high academic standards and a focus on the individual success of all students. The school district is known across the state, and the country, for outstanding academic, co-curricular and extra-curricular programs. I’m impressed with the hard work of the school board, administrators, educators and support staff members who make this happen.

To share a little bit of my background, I became superintendent  on July 1, 2016, after serving five years as the district's assistant superintendent of business and operations. In that role, I had oversight of budgeting, finance, human resources, legal services, facilities, food service, purchasing, printing, enrollment, transportation, safety, athletics, and activities. I served as the district’s chief negotiator, the facilitator for the Boundary Advisory, Finance Advisory and Facility Planning Committees, and a member of the District Equity Leadership Team. Part of my responsibilities were to manage the district’s capital improvement plan and school bond construction projects, and as part of the Superintendent’s Leadership Team, I assisted in the hiring, supervision and evaluation of school principals. 

My previous professional experience includes serving as superintendent and assistant superintendent of Tonganoxie USD 464; superintendent and high school principal in Ellis USD 388, assistant principal of Lawrence High School; junior and senior high principal in Blue Rapids, Kan.; a middle school assistant principal in Granbury, Texas, and a high school assistant principal, teacher, and coach in Marble Falls, Texas. I taught social studies and coached multiple sports in Udall, Cheney, and Blue Valley schools. I earned my bachelor's degree from Tabor College, master's from Emporia State University and my district leadership license from Fort Hays State University.

Lawrence is now home to my family. My wife, Katy, teaches social studies at Lawrence Free State High School. We have three children attending Lawrence Public Schools. I have built strong relationships in Lawrence. I understand the community and embrace those things that make it unique and special. Without question, I am personally and professional invested in the Lawrence school district and proudly reflect on how much progress has been made.

My 21-year career has been filled with unexpected and exciting opportunities for leadership. The challenges in public education will continue, and I am prepared to inspire others to work with me to further strengthen the Lawrence Public Schools and enhance the educational experiences of our children.


Kyle Hayden
Superintendent of Schools