School board members Monday night got a preview of a new teacher evaluation program.
The program is being piloted by Cordley, Hillcrest, Pinckney and Sunflower elementary schools, Central and Southwest junior highs, Free State High School, Lawrence Alternative High School and the district's fine arts teachers.
It affects non-probationary teachers who are due for a regular evaluation.
"We wanted evaluations to be something that all participants share in equally," said Marcia Bone, director of human resources.
Teachers will meet with an administrator to set goals and outline how they hope to achieve those.
"They'll describe how the goal will positively impact student learning," Bone said.
Lois Orth-Lopes, who teaches students with autism at Cordley School, said the new process has been met with some uncertainty among staff members.
"I think everyone is willing to give it a serious try," said Orth-Lopes, who is president of the Lawrence Education Assn.
Library security systems to move
Junior high library
Library security systems at West and Southwest junior high schools soon will be moved to Free State High School.
Since the systems were installed about two years ago, they have been plagued with problems. The manufacturer has pledged to ensure the systems will work properly, once installed at Free State.
West and Southwest now are the only two junior high libraries that have security. Their staff members have asked that they be removed. The systems will not be replaced -- unless a problem develops with book thefts.
"I think we are endangering more material at Free State than we are at the junior highs," said board member Kerry Altenbernd.
He and other board members asked Beth Welsh, coordinator of library-media specialist, to report to the board on future losses of materials at junior highs.