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MAKING THE GRADE

October 2, 1998

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Two awards announced this week offer renewed evidence of the high-quality teachers and administrators at work in Lawrence schools.

Recent awards honoring two local educators should serve as a reminder of the excellent work being done in the Lawrence school district.

Laurie McLane-Higginson has been honored for the second time by the Kansas Art Education Assn. She was named the Outstanding Elementary Art Educator of the year for 1991-92. After changing her teaching assignment to West Junior High School last year, McLane-Higginson was named the 1998-99 Outstanding Middle School Art Educator of the Year.

McLane-Higginson, who has been teaching art in the Lawrence district since 1982, now is teaching art classes at Free State High School. Is an Outstanding High School Art Educator of the Year award now in the offing?

Another local educator also has been honored on the national level. Jane Broers, principal at Sunflower School, will travel to Washington, D.C., later this month as one of the recipients of the 1998 National Distinguished Principals award presented by the U.S. Department of Education and the National Association of Elementary School Principals. Only 61 principals in the nation will be so honored.

Broers was principal at Cordley School for a number of years before moving to Sunflower School when it opened five years ago. Her work has drawn rave reviews, but commenting on the award, she modestly noted ``there are a lot of good people who are principals and they work very hard.''

Luckily for the Lawrence district, many of those hard-working teachers and principals are in the local schools. The awards announced this week are only two honors of many that have been garnered by local educators over the years.

The most recent accolades, however, should remind local residents how many superior teachers and administrators are at work in our schools. They deserve not only the state and national honors that come their way on a special day but the everyday support of the community they serve.

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