A New Leader At Lindbergh Schools
Tony Lake from Kansas will take over superintendent duties beginning in July
January 12, 2018
A veteran educator who serves as an administrator for a school district just west of Kansas City will start as superintendent of the Lindbergh School District on July 1.
The district's board of education voted 7-0 on Jan. 7 to hire Tony Lake. Lake is the chief operations officer of Blue Valley School District in Overland Park, Kan. He will have a three-year contract and start at $200,000. He'll replace retiring Superin-tendent Jim Simpson.
"What's not to like? It's a tremendous school district from the outside looking in," Lake said after the Jan. 9 Lindbergh school board meeting. School Board President Karen Schuster introduced him at that session.
"You have great kids walking through the doors every day that are motivated, high achieving. You have great parents that are there to support their kids," said Lake, who was one of 33 people who applied. "I just thought this was a great opportunity to become a team member of a great school district."
Lake's enthusiasm stood out, Schuster said.
"He works to build relationships in our communities. We just felt like he was the best fit for our district. We had a really talented pool of candidates," Schuster said.
People from the community will have a chance to meet Lake at an open house from 2 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 13, at Lindbergh Early Childhood Education Center, 4814 S. Lindbergh Blvd.
Lake has 27 years of educational experience, including 16 years in public school administration. He started as a middle school and high school social studies teacher and moved on to be a high school principal and administrator.
As chief operations officer in Blue Valley, Lake oversees all district operations, including education and management activities. He coordinates the facility planning, design and construction, and student activity advisory committees for the district.
Lake earned his doctorate and master's degrees in educational leadership from Baker University in Overland Park. He also holds a bachelor of science in education degree from John Brown University in Arkansas. He and his wife, Jennifer, met when they were students at John Brown University and have been married for 25 years. They have two daughters, Taylor and Makenzie.
The Lindbergh School Board began its superintendent search earlier this fall, hiring Missouri School Boards Association Consultant Brent Underwood to oversee the process.
Before it interviewed candidates, the board got feedback from students, parents, teachers, staff, administrators and people in the community. The board gathered the feedback from nine focus groups, and through an online feedback form that collected more than 800 responses.