Archive for Tuesday, August 21, 2007

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On the street
According to the U.S. Labor Department, Lawrence School District teacher pay is on par with jobs such as civil engineers, public relations specialists, administrative assistants and janitorial managers. Are teachers paid appropriately?

Poll results

Response Percent
No, they should be paid more
Yes, they are paid appropriately
No, they should be paid less
Total 428

Lead stories

6:00 a.m.
Kennedy School second-grade teacher Kay Becker leads her class in doing the Kennedy Pledge by sign language on the first day of school last week. Teachers are working under last year's contract until a new one between the school district and Lawrence Education Association is finalized. Teachers, school district must close $1M salary gap
August 20, 2007 in print edition on 1A
A million dollars apart. It sounds like a caveat that would hinder a deal and signal that some bitter teacher negotiating sessions are ahead. But negotiating team leaders with the Lawrence school district and the Lawrence Education Association were more optimistic last week that a settlement could be reached despite the differences in pay issues. They resume discussions Wednesday after a three-week break in talks.
10:00 a.m.
Children play a game of touch football as Lawrence High plays Free State at Haskell Stadium in this file photo. Woodling: Haskell’s capacity: Â±11,000
August 21, 2007
Now in its ninth decade of existence, Haskell Stadium is either quaint or dilapidated, depending on individual sensibilities about aging, iconic structures. Haskell Stadium has been the home football field of the Fightin’ Indians since 1926, Lawrence High since 1930 and Free State High since 1997. All in all, the facility, built at a cost of roughly $250,000, has aged gracefully.
1:00 p.m.
Cars head north on Naismith Dr. Tuesday, August 21, 2007, past the scene of an accident just south of 19th Street Terrace.  A car filled with KU students crashed into the tree in the median.  Two of the students were flown to Kansas City area hospitals. Five KU students injured in single-car accident; two taken to KCK
5:30 a.m., August 21, 2007 Updated 11:55 a.m.
At around 1:10 a.m. this morning, five KU students were injured in a single-car accident.
4:00 p.m.
Online chat
City commissioner to chat about how property tax and sales tax increases could affect your pocketbook
August 21, 2007
Lawrence city commissioners have said they need between $5 million and $6 million per year to seriously tackle street maintenance, sidewalk projects and infrastructure improvements. Commissioners have been told by city staff that there are essentially only two ways to raise that kind of coin: A sales tax increase or a property tax increase. Each increase affects each segment of the city's population differently. Commissioner Boog Highberger, who has done research on the topic, will chat with readers about the issue.
10:00 p.m.
Lawrence Memorial Hospital nurse Yvonne Routte fills out paper work at a busy nurses' station in the emergency room. New policy may be costly
August 21, 2007 in print edition on 1A
A change in Medicare policy to no longer pay for hospital infections and medical errors has one Kansas health consumer group worried that the costs will be passed on to patients. Corrie Edwards, executive director of the Kansas Health Care Consumer Coalition, questions who will eventually end up paying when hospitals pick up the tab for infections or errors that occur on their grounds.

All stories

Lawrence Datebook
August 21, 2007 in print edition on A4
Events around Lawrence.