The Lawrence school board agreed to invest $144,000 in science textbooks and equipment for elementary and junior high school students.
The board voted Monday to spend $133,497 for life science books for sixth-graders, earth science books for seventh-graders and physical science books for eighth-graders.
At the same time, the board agreed to allocate $10,736 for acquisition of 100 microscopes and 100 school balances.
Lynda Allen, coordinator of science in the district, said the equipment was being sold by Nebraska Scientific of Omaha, Neb., at bargain-basement prices.
The price worried board members Jack Davidson and James Hilliard. Both questioned whether the equipment could stand up to prolonged use by sixth-grade students.
The board approved purchase of the equipment on the condition that a sample sent to district science staff passed an inspection.
bond reduced in hearing
A Lawrence man's bond was reduced in a hearing Tuesday in connection with charges he committed sex crimes against another man.
The 46-year-old suspect was given a $30,000 bond, down from $50,000. He faces one count each of aggravated criminal sodomy and aggravated sexual battery, crimes which allegedly were committed Feb. 22.
The suspect is scheduled to appear at a preliminary hearing on May 3.
KU offers International Awareness Week festivities
The International Student Assn. of Kansas University has organized International Awareness Week, a program of cultural events this week.
Today's activity is an international version of "Jeopardy" at 5:30 p.m. in the Big 12 Room of the Kansas Union. Phi Beta Delta, an international honor society, is coordinating the event.
The week's events will continue Thursday with a fashion show and tea at 3 p.m. Thursday in the Kansas Union Outdoor Plaza, or in the union lobby in case of inclement weather.
World Expo and Festival of Nations will both be Friday. The World Expo will be from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Union, with a sampling of international cuisine beginning at 6 p.m. Meal tickets cost $10.
The Festival of Nations will from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the Kansas Union Ballroom.
For more information call the ISA office at 864-4848.
Graves declares Crime Victims' Rights Week
Gov. Bill Graves has signed a proclamation declaring this week as Crime Victims' Rights Week in Kansas.
The state Crime Victims' Rights division will have a display through Saturday on the first floor of the Statehouse. The display will include information about victim service providers in Kansas.
Also on display will be an angel tree with angels representing crime victims.