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Tonganoxie USD 464 Superintendent Kyle Hayden resigns to take job in Lawrence school district

June 9, 2011, 12:21 p.m.

Updated: June 10, 2011, 10:29 a.m.

The Tonganoxie school district will be searching for a new superintendent of schools.

USD 464 Superintendent Kyle Hayden has resigned from his post to return to the Lawrence school district.

Hayden will be the new chief operations officer in Lawrence, Rick Doll, superintendent for Lawrence Public Schools, announced Thursday.

Hayden worked as an assistant principal at Lawrence High in 2004-05.

“I’m confident that under Kyle’s leadership, the district will continue to administer operations in such a

way as to promote the overall efficiency of the school system, while maximizing student learning,” Doll said. “Kyle has a wealth of experience as an educator and school administrator. We’re pleased to have

him return to the Lawrence Public Schools as a member of our district administrative team.”

Hayden will replace Frank Harwood, who is leaving for a superintendent’s position in Bellevue, Neb., near Omaha. Julie Boyle, Lawrence district spokeswoman, said Hayden would earn $111,000 plus benefits.

Hayden said late Thursday afternoon that having the chance to return to Lawrence weighed into his decision.

“We really enjoyed Lawrence when we were there,” Hayden said. “I’ve said to other people I’ve talked to about this, we stayed connected to Lawrence for a long time.

“My wife is an alum of KU and we just have a lot of friends there and like to spend time there. It was not a hard decision necessarily from that standpoint of being comfortable with returning to Lawrence Public Schools.”

Hayden will oversee divisions of finance, human resources, facilities and maintenance, food services, transportation and technology services. The Lawrence school district employs about 1,600 teachers and is one of Lawrence’s largest employers. It’s also the seventh-largest school district in Kansas. Lawrence Public Schools serve roughly 10,600 students from pre-kindergarten through grade 12. Tonganoxie has 1,900 students in its district.

Hayden also noted it wasn’t an easy decision leaving Tonganoxie.

“It was a little gut-wrenching actually,” Hayden said. “The time I spent here. I felt like we accomplished a lot of good things and made some really important hires and moved some people into important leadership positions. I think we made a positive difference over the last few years.”

Tonganoxie school board president Diane Truesdell submitted this written statement Thursday to The Mirror regarding Hayden’s resignation:

"It is with regret that the USD 464 Board of Education announces that Mr. Kyle Hayden has submitted his letter of resignation. The Board of Education thanks Mr. Hayden for his contributions to USD 464 and wishes him well in the future."

Hayden came to Tonganoxie from Ellis, which is 15 miles west of Hays, in 2008. He was hired as assistant superintendent at an annual salary of $90,000 for that position. A year later, he was hired as superintendent when he replaced Richard Erickson, who had been superintendent since 1996. Erickson's contract was not renewed, but Erickson was moved to the newly created part-time position of special projects manager for a year before retiring.

Before working as an assistant principal at Lawrence High, He served principal in Valley Heights from 2002-04. Valley Heights is comprised of the communities of Waterville and Blue Rapids in Marshall County, roughly 40 minutes north of Manhattan. He also was an assistant principal in Granbury, Texas (2000-02), and a social studies teacher and coach in Blue Valley (1998-2000) and Cheney(1995-98).

Hayden is a 1990 Sabetha High School graduate who earned his bachelor’s degree from Tabor College, his master’s from Emporia State University and his district

leadership license from Fort Hays State University.

He and his wife, Katy, have three children.

He said his family would like to move to Lawrence within the next year, but with living in nearby Tonganoxie, has the luxury of not making a “quick move,” especially during a slow housing market.

On June 30, Hayden's contract — which included an annual salary of $106,250 — will end. He also receives compensation toward his family insurance and a $75 per month cell phone allowance.

Hayden’s final board meeting as Tonganoxie superintendent will be 6 p.m. Monday at the Tonganoxie High School library on the school's west campus.


hricane23 4 years, 11 months ago


First the defeat of the school bond, and now this.

I can almost imagine the anti-progress/ anti-growth people are all smiles, except I'm certain they've already moved on to griping about something else. If only we can find a way to shut down the new O'Reilly's...

Good luck, Mr. Hayden, wherever the road may take you.


straightup 4 years, 11 months ago

They come and they go, he is no different! 'hricane23" sounds a little bitter towards the fine people of Tongie. If your not happy with Tongie you can also make a exit like Mr. Hayden did. I say thanks Mr. Hayden for your service and best of luck.


hricane23 4 years, 10 months ago

"Bitter towards the fine people of Tongie"? Nah. I like the fine people! As I said in my post, it's the anti-progress/ anti-growth people that bug me. Please, don't try to change my words around. But thank you for the reminder of one of my options. As I see it, I have two. "Make a exit", as you say; or, stick around and continue trying to make this community better, in what little ways I can. All things considered, I like Option 2, if that's okay with you.


straightup 4 years, 10 months ago

Well thank you for asking my opinoin on if it is ok for you to stick around and try to make our town a better place to live . Sure.. the more the better! I have lived here for a long time and I do not beleive that we have any anti-progress/anti-growth people living in this small but great town. I do not know what you have done to make this town a better place to live? But I will thank you too... :)


kansanjayhawk 4 years, 10 months ago

We need to hire a Supt. who values Character and moral education of our children. We have gotten away from God and the Bible and have cast them out of our schools and this has been a tragic mistake! We need a supt. who has read our founding documents including the Northwest Ordinance which demonstrated the importance the founders put on religious and moral education of our young people. Teaching the fidelity of monogomous marriage and the hetrosexual family unit, teaching the importance of honesty, and the importance of hard work. These values should be a part of a public school education and should not be removed from our schools. Liberal agendas and political correctness should be left aside so that our kids can be given a real opportunity to learn.


only1 4 years, 10 months ago

Don't pin that on administrators or teachers. PARENTING!....We don't have enough of that these days. Everybody has an opinion on how to run schools and alot of them can't even run their own homes. Schools can be supportive of teaching character and morals but don't pawn that job off.


kansanjayhawk 4 years, 10 months ago

I agree but the school must not stand in the way of the parent communicating those values...


straightup 4 years, 10 months ago

Teaching starts at HOME! What your talking about should be taught at home! If parents would take the time to teach thier kids right from wrong and what good morals are and teach them about honesty and hard work. Then the school can focus on teaching kids math, reading, science, computer, language, this is what school is there for. Not to do what some parent fail to teach thier kids. Maybe they need a school for how to be a good parent! Start there.


kansanjayhawk 4 years, 10 months ago

The problem is that over the years liberal agendas have been pushed in our school system and that undermines the community support for the entire system. Our community values should not be destroyed by certain agendas that creep into our schools that is why citizens must watch and evaluate what the school system is doing. Not every single agenda that they are pushing is positive and wholesome for our children.


getagrip 4 years, 10 months ago

Keep in mind that the Superintendent has no control over God and the Bible in schools. That would be our lovely politicians.


kansanjayhawk 4 years, 10 months ago

You are correct, however, we as citizens need to do a better job watching and keeping an eye on what is going on. If we did then our Supt. would be careful to have a good pulse of the community prior to pushing any agenda upon us. Building community support for important changes is an important part of the job of supt. They did not build that community support prior to the last bond issue as they had previously and thus they lost the election.


only1 4 years, 10 months ago

What does that have to do with character education or god? Sure, you should watch over the schools, you pay taxes and send your kids there, but along with that, more parents should have interest in what their kids are doing instead of being non-existent until a bond issue is put on the table. Blaming the schools is an excuse for poor parenting. Sorry if that offends, but I speak from the heart. Maybe this doesn't apply to you, but it certainly applies to some.


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