Welcome to Maize USD 266 

The Maize school district is noted for being progressive and innovative, while at the same time providing a personal, caring atmosphere. Education is individualized to help every child find success.

Maize Schools is a largely suburban school district located seven miles northwest of Wichita, KS. Our enrollment is over 6,600 students, making Maize the 12th largest district in the state. We have two high schools (9-12), one alternative high school, two middle schools (6-8), four elementary schools and an early childhood learning center. We enjoy a high level of parent and patron support, both in finance and in personal commitment with high levels of volunteerism and public spirit.

For Special Education teaching opportunities, please go to Sedgwick County Area Educational Services Interlocal Cooperative #618.

In the Maize School District we believe in finding ways not only to build success for all our students, but also for all members of our educational team. We are always interested in quality employees who can help educate all students, whether that be directly working with students or providing valued support services.

♦ We offer a generous starting salary of $39,510 for first year teachers.
♦ We provide a $50,000 term life insurance policy.
♦ We offer partially paid health insurance.
♦ We offer a tax-deferred annuity program.
♦ We provide a Master's degree tuition reimbursement program.
♦ Staff academies are held each summer, offering teachers the opportunity to advance on the salary schedule and to earn college credits.
♦ We provide ongoing staff development for those in their first year of teaching.

Message from the Superintendent

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 


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How to Find Us

The Maize Education Support Center is located at 905 W. Academy Ave., Maize, Kansas.

Directions from:

  • Wichita Mid Continent Airport
    From Mid-Continent Rd, turn left onto W Kellogg Dr/US-400/US-54 toward Kingman for 2.9 miles. Turn Right onto S 119TH St W/S Millbrook Rd. Continue to follow S 119TH St W traveling 4.6 miles then turn right on W. Academy Ave.
  • 21st St N & Maize Rd
    Travel north on Maize Rd for 3.5 miles and turn left (west) on Academy Ave. and travel for 0.8 miles.
  • Interstate 235 & Zoo Boulevard Exit
    Turn left (northwest) on Zoo Blvd, go 1.3 miles. Continue on W 21st St N for 3.9 miles. Turn right (north) onto 119th St N and go 3.5 miles. Turn right (east) on W. Academy Ave.
  • East Kellogg & Rock Rd
    Turn west on E Kellogg Ave/US-54 W, go 3.5 miles. Take ramp onto I-135 N toward Salina and go 6.0 miles. Take exit 11B/Hutchinson onto K-96 toward Hutchinson and go 6.2 miles. Take the Maize (KS-296) exit and turn left on W 53rd St N, go 1.2 miles. Turn left on 119th St N, go .5 miles and turn left on W Academy Ave.
  • Newton, KS - North Interstate-135
    Take ramp onto I-135 S toward US-81 S/US-50 W/Wichita, go 19.5 miles. Take exit 11B/I-235 onto I-235 S, go 2.2 miles. Take exit #13/Hutchinson/Valley Center onto K-96 toward Hutchinson, go 6.2 miles. Take the Maize (KS-296) exit an turn left on W 53rd St N, go 1.2 miles. Turn left on 119th St N, go .5 miles and turn left on W. Academy Ave.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYMENT - It is the policy of Maize USD 266 to provide equal opportunity employment to all employees and applicants for employment. No person working at Maize USD 266 is to be discriminated against in employment because of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, disability, genetic information or veteran status.  If you suspect or believe discrimination has occurred contact the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission at 1-800-669-4000 or at www.eeoc.gov.

Maize USD 266 does not discriminate on the basis of disability in admission to its programs, services, or activities, in access to them, in treatment of individuals with disabilities, or in any aspect of their operations.  Maize USD 266 also does not discriminate on the basis of disability in its hiring or employment practices.

This notice is provided as required by Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.  Questions, complaints or requests for additional information regarding the ADA and Section 504 may be forwarded to the designated ADA and Section 504 Compliance Coordinator: Richard Bell, Superintendent of Personnel/Operations, 905 West Academy Avenue, Maize, Kansas  67101
(Rev. June 2014)