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Shawnee Mission School District
Shawnee Mission, Kansas
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District Profile
Superintendent:Jim Hinson
Graduation rate:91.3%[1]
Number of schools:47
Budget: $218.5 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Deb Zila
Board members:7
Term length:4
Shawnee Mission School District USD 512 is a school district in Kansas that served 27,760 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[2] This district is the third-largest by enrollment in the state of Kansas.

About the district

Shawnee Mission School District is located in Johnson County, Kansas
Shawnee Mission School District is located in Johnson County, Kansas. The county seat of Johnson County is Olathe. Johnson County is home to 566,933 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[3]


Johnson County outperformed the rest of Kansas in terms of higher education achievement in 2013. The United States Census Bureau found that 51.7 percent of Johnson County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 30.3 percent for Kansas as a whole. The median household income in Johnson County was $74,717 compared to $51,332 for the state of Kansas. The poverty rate in Johnson County was 6.5 percent compared to 13.7 percent for the entire state.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2013[3]
Race Johnson County (%) Kansas (%)
White 87.8 87.1
Black or African American 4.9 6.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.4 1.2
Asian 4.6 2.7
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.0 0.1
Two or More Races 2.3 2.7
Hispanic or Latino 7.4 11.2

Presidential Voting Pattern, Johnson County[4]
Year Republican Vote Democratic Vote
2012 158,401 110526
2008 152,627 127,091
2004 158,103 97,866
2000 129,965 79,118

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin rather than a race. Citizens may report both their race and their place of origin, and as a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table may exceed 100 percent.[5][6]


The superintendent of Shawnee Mission School District is Jim Hinson. Serving in this role since July 1, 2013, Hinson previously served as superintendent of Independence School District in Missouri. In July 2014, the school board extended Hinson's contract through June 30, 2017, and raised his salary from $217,950 per year to $232,280 per year. Hinson has a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Missouri Southern State College, master's in elementary administration from Southwest Missouri State and Ph.D. in educational administration from St. Louis University.[7][8]

School board

Shawnee Mission schools are overseen by a seven-member board elected to four-year terms. School board members are not paid for their services.[9]

Shawnee Mission Board of Education
Member District Assumed Office Term Ends
Sara Goodburn 1 2011 2015
Donna Bysfield 2 2017
Deb Zila 3 2007 2015
Craig Denny 4 2017
Patty Mach 5 2007 2015
Cindy Neighbor At-Large 2017
Joan Leavens At-Large 2015

School board elections

See also: Shawnee Mission School District elections (2015)

Members of the Shawnee Mission Board of Education are elected to four-year terms. Elections are held every odd-numbered year. Four seats were up for election on April 7, 2015, and three seats will be up for election in 2017.[10]

Public participation in board meetings

The Shawnee Mission Board of Education maintains the following policy on public testimony during board meetings:

Open Forum

The board welcomes the interest and involvement of the public; and it is the intent of the board that this statement of its policy concerning meetings and procedures will alert the public and invite greater public participation.

The president or presiding officer may ask patrons attending if they would like to speak during the open forum. Rules for the public forum will be available from the clerk prior to the board meeting and at the meeting itself. The board president may impose a limit on the time a visitor may address the board. The board president may ask groups with the same interest to appoint a spokesperson to deliver the group’s message.[11]

—Shawnee Mission School District website, (2014)[12]


The table below displays the budget for Shawnee Mission School District:[13]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2012-2013 $187,304,908 87.7% $9,019,972 4.2% $16,840,417 7.9% $0 0% $522,662 0.2% $213,687,959
2013-2014 $184,813,706 86.2% $9,232,561 4.3% $19,792,919 9.2% $0 0% $527,220 0.2% $214,366,406
2014-2015 $188,735,673 86.4% $9,377,648 4.3% $19,889,560 9.1% $0 0% $543,700 0.2% $218,546,581
Averages: $186,951,429 87% $9,210,060.33 4% $18,840,965.33 9% $0 0% $531,194 0% $215,533,648.67

Contact information

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Shawnee Mission School District
7235 Antioch Road
Shawnee Mission, KS 66204
Phone: (913) 993-6200

See also

External links

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  1. University of Kansas Institute for Policy and Social Research, "Graduation and Dropout Rates in Kansas School Districts," accessed December 29, 2014
  2. National Center for Education Statistics, "Shawnee Mission Public School," accessed December 26, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 United States Census Bureau, "Johnson County, Kansas," accessed December 30, 2014
  4. Johnson County Election Office, "Election History by Year," accessed December 30, 2014
  5. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  6. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off from being exactly 100 percent. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.
  7. Prairie Village Post, "Board gives Shawnee Mission Superintendent Jim Hinson raise and contract extension," July 2, 2014
  8. KSHB, "Independence superintendent Jim Hinson to lead Shawnee Mission School District," March 11, 2013
  9. Shawnee Mission School District, "Board of Education," accessed December 30, 2014
  10. Johnson County Election Office, "Shawnee Mission USD #512 Board of Education," accessed December 30, 2014
  11. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  12. Shawnee Mission School District, "Active Board Policies," accessed December 30, 2014
  13. Shawnee Mission School District, "2014-2015 Budget," accessed December 16, 2014