Welcome to Maize USD 266!

What is best for our students? 

I have shared with my district administrative team that this is a question they often will hear me ask, as it will be a question that will guide my decision-making as the new superintendent of schools here at Maize USD 266. 

I am a lifelong Kansan and a career educator who values integrity and is solution-oriented. You may have heard this in district communications or media coverage already, but taking the helm at Maize Schools truly is a personal and professional dream-come-true for me. 

Before coming to Maize, I worked as the Moundridge Superintendent of Schools since 2009. I previously worked in Douglass as a principal and assistant principal/activities director and in Great Bend as a high school and middle school science teacher. I earned degrees from Emporia State and Fort Hays State universities and my District Level Licensure from Friends University. I am working to complete my Doctorate in Education from Wichita State University.  

My wife, Drenda, is an elementary school teacher in Valley Center, and we have two college-aged children, 21-year-old Taylor and 19-year-old Garrett.  

Maize is a phenomenal district with incredible potential. There are countless positive developments in the works, including the $70.7 million bond issue (please visit our bond resource page by clicking here), nationally recognized Maize Way character education and an award-winning team of teachers. 

It is an honor to become part of the district professionally and of the community personally, and with both come responsibility that I do not take lightly. I value collaboration and cohesion and want to continue to learn about the history and legacy that has made Maize Schools and the community surrounding it what it is today. 

I want to ensure that Maize -- and its students and employees -- have great success. I aim to be fiscally responsible by striving for an efficient and strong education, not a cheap one, guided primarily by one question: What is best for our students? It will not always be an easy question to answer, but I look forward to the opportunity to seek an answer nonetheless. 

Thank you again for your warm welcome as I join the talented team here at Maize Schools. I am eager to get started in this great district. 


Chad Higgins, Superintendent of Schools 


Maize USD 266 Mission 

The mission of Maize USD 266 is to inspire students to discover their potential through connecting, learning and leading.

Journey to Excellence 

For the past fifteen years, the district has utilized a long range planning process called the Journey to Excellence. The 2013-14 school year marks the second year of the newest round of planning adopted by the Board of Education last summer.

In the winter of 2012, the administrative team met over the course of three days with a facilitator from an organization called the Flippen Group to revisit the district's mission and vision for the future. A simplified mission emerged in the process: we are here to inspire our students. The plan below outlines the key areas we will address as we work toward this goal.