The Lawrence school board Monday night approved on second reading a policy that would require two public meetings before the board could change enrollment boundaries for Lawrence High School and a proposed second high school.
Under the boundaries approved by the board in September, students north of 15th Street would attend the proposed second high school, and students south of the street would attend LHS. The site for the proposed high school is near 15th and Wakarusa. LHS is at 19th and Louisiana.
An exception to the boundary policy is for students living in a "hub" south of the proposed high school, which would allow students within walking distance to attend the second high school. The hub is bounded by Wakarusa Drive on the east, 23rd on the south and the Corps Road on the west. However, students living in the hub but within subdivisions that exit only onto 23rd Street would attend LHS.
UNDER THE policy approved Monday, four board members would have to vote in favor of changing the boundaries before they could be altered. Also, the change would have to be approved again at a second meeting at least 20 days later.
School Board President Maggie Carttar has said the policy is designed to ensure that people in the community have a chance to address the board before any boundary change is adopted.
The board on Monday also adopted a policy amendment clarifying what the board means when it says it will "review" the boundaries annually.
The amendment defines "review" as "a process which keeps the board aware of shifts in socioeconomic balance and/or enrollment balance and will alert patrons when a boundary change is possible. It does not refer solely to enrollment size or necessarily mean change."
District voters will be asked in the Nov. 6 general election to approve a $31 million bond issue for construction of the proposed high school and a package of improvements at the existing high school. The bond issue also would allow for improvements at Wakarusa Valley and Sunset Hill schools.
IN OTHER business Monday, the board:
Reported that the district's four secondary school principals would conduct next Tuesday's public forum on the proposed school bond issue. Originally, the school board was going to conduct the forum, but the four principals requested the opportunity to address the public, said School Board President Maggie Carttar.
The meeting will be at 7:30 p.m. at Central Junior High School.
Selected Carttar as the board's delegate to the annual convention of the Kansas Association of School Boards, which will be Dec. 1-3 in Wichita. Mary Loveland, board vice president, was named the alternate delegate.
Heard an audit report.
Heard a report from board member Harriet Shaffer on the Mayor's Task Force on Drug Abuse. Shaffer said the school district would write a letter expressing its continued support of and involvement with the task force.
Scheduled Nov. 27 as the date for its retreat for goal-setting.
Recognized Deerfield School teacher Paul Corcoran, recent recipient of a National Science Foundation teaching award.