Kansas City public schools leader picked to head Lawrence district

Anthony Lewis
Anthony Lewis

Lawrence Public Schools has a new superintendent and he hails from Kansas City.

Anthony Lewis, assistant superintendent of school leadership for Kansas City Public Schools, has been chosen to lead Lawrence schools. Lewis begins his new job on July 1.

Kansas City Superintendent Mark Bedell announced Lewis’ new Lawrence position on Monday, saying Lewis “has been an outstanding and steadfast member of Team KCPS,” as a leader in the classroom, at the school level and for the entire district.

“Lawrence Public Schools made a wise decision in picking him to lead their system,” Bedell said. “I am looking forward to reading and hearing about his many accomplishments there.”

After a national search attracted 60 applicants for the position, Lewis was chosen from among two finalists.

Jayson Strickland, a deputy superintendent with the Kansas City, Kansas, Public Schools, was also being considered for the job. Both were introduced to the Lawrence community last week.

Lewis, who is originally from Alabama, came to the Kansas City, Mo., school district in 2011 as director of elementary education. In December 2016 Lewis became assistant superintendent for KCPS.

In Lawrence, Lewis will replace interim Superintendent Anna Stubblefield, who has served in that role since former Superintendent Kyle Hayden left the post last summer to become chief operations officer for Lawrence schools.

The Lawrence School Board was expected to hold a specially called meeting at 6 p.m. Monday to approve a three-year contract with Lewis, at a salary of $215,000 for the 2018-2019 school year. Board President Shannon Kimball said the official vote on Lewis will take place at that meeting after members of the public are given the opportunity to provide feedback on the hiring.

Mará Rose Williams: 816-234-4419, @marawilliamskc