WRITER: Dylan Lysen

Lawrence school board to consider extending superintendent's contract

The Lawrence school board at its Monday meeting will consider extending Superintendent Anthony Lewis’ contract. Lewis has served as the superintendent since July 2018. The board will evaluate Lewis’ performance during his first year in charge of the district, then will consider extending his contract until June 2022. Julie Boyle, district spokeswoman, told the Journal-World the extension would add another ...

Multimillion-dollar renovation of KU's Stauffer-Flint Hall aims to contrast historic with modern

A plan for some maintenance fixes resulted in a project to renovate the entire home of the University of Kansas School of Journalism. Stauffer-Flint Hall, located at 1435 Jayhawk Blvd., recently began a $3.75 million renovation, which will change the facade of the 120-year-old structure and bring the building's main floor into the 21st century, said Ann Brill, dean of the KU journalism school. Brill said the ...

KU garden of native medicinal plants to hold summer solstice tour on Friday

On the longest day of the year, a University of Kansas research program is inviting the public to get outdoors and learn more about some plants that only bloom in the summer. The KU Native Medicinal Plant Research Garden will host a summer tour at 6:30 p.m. Friday. The event, which is free and open to the public, coincides with the summer solstice, the day of the year with the longest period of ...

KU chancellor waiting for news on NCAA investigations like everyone else

The top official at the University of Kansas, like everyone else, is waiting to see whether the KU athletics program will receive allegations of major recruiting violations. KU Chancellor Douglas Girod told the Journal-World Wednesday at a Kansas Board of Regents meeting in Topeka that the university had not heard from the NCAA about possibly receiving a notice of allegations — the NCAA’s equivalent of an ...

Tuition for in-state undergrads will not increase at Regents universities in Kansas

Updated at 5 p.m. Wednesday Tuition for in-state undergraduate students at Kansas universities will not increase next school year. The Kansas Board of Regents gave final approval to tuition rate proposals for the 2019-2020 school year during its regular meeting on Wednesday, forcing all of the Regents universities to offer a flat rate for undergraduate students who are Kansas residents. The move comes after ...

KU's Audio-Reader accepting donations in preparation for annual benefit sale

Audio-Reader is asking for people to dust off their old vinyl LPs and other items to benefit a worthy cause. The University of Kansas program, a reading and information service for blind, visually impaired, and print disabled individuals, is accepting donations of used records, CDs, gently used audio equipment and musical instruments throughout the summer. The items will be used for Audio-Reader's annual ...

If KU Athletics receives allegations of recruiting violations from NCAA this summer, what happens next?

If the NCAA sends allegations of major recruiting violations to the University of Kansas athletics program this summer, it may take at least a year before the case is resolved, an NCAA rules expert recently told the Journal-World. KU basketball fans began bracing for possible allegations after NCAA official Stan Wilcox recently said the organization will deliver Notices of Allegations — the NCAA’s ...

KU cuts institutional funding support to athletics program by about $120,000

The University of Kansas cut the amount of funding the academic institution will send to its athletics program next school year. But former faculty leaders say the cut is still not enough. Recently the Kansas Athletics Inc. board of directors approved a 2020 fiscal year budget, which begins in July and coincides with the 2019-2020 academic year. The new budget includes a lighter “direct institutional ...

Kansas Supreme Court finds new K-12 education funding law constitutional

Updated at 5:31 p.m. Friday The Kansas Supreme Court ruled Friday that the state’s newest education funding plan is constitutional, seemingly bringing an end to an almost decade-long fight over the adequacy of K-12 funding. But the justices are refusing to relinquish jurisdiction over the case, allowing it to be brought to the court again if the state does not keep its funding promises. The new school ...

KU Theatre and Dance to explore diversity, other topical subjects in 2019-2020 season

More plays and musicals with a focus on diversity and inclusion will take the stage for KU Theatre and Dance next school year. The University Theatre and University Dance Company, the production arm for the KU Theatre and Dance department, announced in a Monday news release its 2019-2020 season of three dance productions and six musicals and plays, including William Shakespeare's “As You Like it” and the ...

NCAA set to send notice of major recruiting violations to schools; official confirms NCAA can't get controversial Townsend wiretap

The NCAA won't be able to get its hands on one of the most intriguing wiretaps obtained by the FBI in an investigation of basketball recruiting violations involving the University of Kansas, according to a CBS Sports report. But KU may soon face a reckoning with the NCAA anyway. CBS Sports reported on Wednesday that the NCAA will deliver Notices of Allegations — the NCAA's equivalent of an indictment — to ...

Lawrence school board reinstates 7th grade basketball, adds cross-country to middle school athletics

Students at Lawrence middle schools will have new athletic activities to pursue next school year. The Lawrence school board approved with a 5-0 vote to reinstate seventh grade boys and girls basketball and to begin offering seventh and eighth grade boys and girls cross-country at each district middle school. Board members Rick Ingram and Kelly Jones were absent from the meeting. The new teams will begin ...

Fewer Kansas high school graduates are pursuing higher education within the state, data shows

Fewer of Kansas' high school graduates are attending the state's public universities, and higher education leaders are concerned that the schools' finances are suffering as a result. About 55% of Kansas students who graduated high school in 2010 enrolled at a state higher education institution within a year, according to a May report by the Kansas Board of Regents. But for the class of 2017, the most recent ...

KU to bring back former staff member to serve as director of Emily Taylor Center

To lead its office focused on fostering gender equity on campus, the University of Kansas selected a candidate with previous experience at the university. The university recently named Bulaong Ramiz-Hall, who currently serves as the director of the Multicultural Resource Center at Amherst College, as the new director of the Emily Taylor Center for Women and Gender Equity. She takes over the position on July ...

KU Athletics increases football funding, looks to develop plan for stadium renovations, other projects

The University of Kansas athletic department is expected to increase its investment in its football program next school year. The Kansas Athletics Inc. board of directors on Thursday approved a proposed 2020 fiscal year budget, including an increase of about $5 million in spending for the football program. The 2020 fiscal year coincides with the 2019-2020 school year. Chief Financial Officer Pat Kaufman said ...

Lawrence chamber says effects of tariffs on Mexico will likely be harmful

If the United States imposes tariffs on Mexican imports next week, the Lawrence chamber of commerce does not know how exactly it will affect the local economy, but it will likely be harmful. “Unfortunately, we may learn that the hard way if these tariffs are sustained or ramp up as the president has threatened,” Hugh Carter, the chamber’s vice president for external affairs, said of the possible ...

May health code inspections: 3 found out of compliance in Douglas County

Three organizations in Douglas County failed state health code inspections in May. Each month, I take a look at inspection results and list every place either listed out of compliance or with 10 or more code violations. Full reports are available online at agriculture.ks.gov. There, you can find details about specific violations, which can vary. Noncritical citations include unlabeled products, improperly ...

KU study theorizing that supernovae led to humans standing upright receives international attention

A new study announcing a staggering new finding — that a series of exploding stars led to humans standing upright — is bringing international attention to two local researchers. “It’s exciting, I have to say,” said Adrian Melott, an emeritus professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Kansas. “It’s the strongest coverage (we’ve had).” Along with Brian Thomas of Washburn ...

Completion of shade structure in Burroughs Creek Park finishes phase one of local environmental project

A new structure providing shade in Burroughs Creek Park reflects the sustainable and environmental spirit of the East Lawrence neighborhood, Keith Van de Riet said. As part of the Prairie Block project, a community-led plan to restore native prairie and wetlands to Lawrence's urban setting along Burroughs Creek, a University of Kansas architecture class built the structure with volunteer labor and recycled and ...

Lawrence school district, teachers union hope new negotiation method will help avoid contentious process

Instead of meeting as two sides negotiating a contentious deal, Lawrence school district leaders and the Lawrence Education Association have begun creating a new teachers contract as one large group. District administrators and members of the local teachers union met Thursday for the first of several planned meetings to negotiate a contract for the 2019-2020 school year. This year, they hope a new negotiating ...