Archive for Monday, November 9, 2009

Donor wants to fund Free State soccer shelters

November 9, 2009


Another anonymous donation could be on its way to Free State High School if the Lawrence school board accepts the proposal to build soccer shelters at the site. The donation would replace the old shelters, which are now unsalvagable after they were moved to complete construction on the outdoor athletic facilities.

The board will also look to approve field work at Lawrence High School, including a plan to build baseball dugouts and relocate a softball dugout due to an agreement in a lawsuit settlement with the Centennial neighborhood.

The board will also hear reports on full-day kindergarten and how district facilities are used. The meeting starts at 7 p.m today at the Educational Support and Distribution Center, 110 McDonald Drive.

The district also has set the times and places for its H1N1 vaccination clinics. They will be held at 13 elementary schools over two days during parent-teacher conferences. On Wednesday, clinics will be held at Deerfield, Hillcrest, New York, Prairie Park, Quail Run, Schwegler and Sunset Hill schools. Times for the clinics vary, but most begin at 4 p.m. and end at 7 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. Broken Arrow, Cordley, Langston Hughes, Pinckney, Sunflower, Wakarusa Valley and Woodlawn will host their clinics on Thursday.

Families can go to any of the schools for the H1N1 shot, no matter what school their children attend. Priority groups include children under 18 years of age, people who live with or care for children under 6 months, pregnant women and health care workers.

Clinics are subject to early closure or cancellation based on the availability of the vaccine. Exact times and locations of the clinics, along with consent forms, can be found online at


John Sheppard 8 years, 1 month ago


Amy Heeter 8 years, 1 month ago

I think the equality factor has more to do with available space than favortism.

John Sheppard 8 years, 1 month ago

Sure, space is the main factor! I bleieve. I believe!

lawrencechick 8 years, 1 month ago

Where are the LHS alumni? That school is at least 60 years older than Free State.

Ralph Reed 8 years, 1 month ago

Let's drink the koolaid, the School Board will tell us everything is OK, and we'll believe.

Remember, the same body that "found" $2.5 mil to start the identical facilities construction is going to accept the "anonymous" donation.

(Where's that rail, the bucket of tar and the bag of feathers?)

puddleglum 8 years, 1 month ago

lhs is pretty much the beat-down stepchild of high schoolds at this point.

Ralph Reed 8 years, 1 month ago

puddleglum, you forgot, red-headed, bstrd after "beat-down"

Did you expect anything else when they built FHS?

Keith 8 years, 1 month ago

Nobody is building and selling homes near LHS, so there is no incentive for the developers to donate there. Altruism indeed!

SettingTheRecordStraight 8 years, 1 month ago

With so many populists today demanding absolute equality in every way for every student, this won't sit well - especially for those who feel they're not getting their fair share of the wealth redistribution.

Maxandwillie 8 years, 1 month ago

These "shelters" are dugouts that replace the old ones that the districts bulldozed to put in the field turf. The district said they were going to replace them when they bulldozed them. This fall when it came time to replace them they indicated they had no money to do so. The district destroyed existing shelters that were paid 12 years ago with fundraising money. The new ones are just replacements.

motomom 8 years, 1 month ago

didn't mr. fritzel even go to LHS? at least spread the wealth, fritzzie. geeeeesh------ LHS is still the best high school in this town anyway....

MYOB 8 years, 1 month ago

There's plenty of wealth in LHS district. Why so stingy?

pace 8 years, 1 month ago

The High Schools should be divided by grades, and 9th grade should be included. (9th. and 10th. going to one, Jr. Sr. to the other, save money, improve access. About donating money, it was the person's money so that is the person's business. I certainly don't approve nor encourage anyone to donate money to sports but it is better than drinking it up

David Reynolds 8 years, 1 month ago

It is easy to tell that The Lawrence Community is totally consummed by the "Entitlement" mentality. Everything can not and will not be exactly "Even" at both schools. Additionally what one gives to one school is none of anyone elses business and it does not make the other school worthy of a similar donation.

After all wasn't the reason for dividing the districts along 15th street so there would not be economic & opportunity disparity?

Everyone should knock off the gripping and enjoy some of the best facilities in the midwest.

If you want something more spend your energy raising money for them. You will always get more honey with positive gestures versus all of this negative sniping.

pace 8 years, 1 month ago

I have been asked to amend my comment. I said that donating money for sports was better than buying drinkees. I admit to prejudice against alcoholic drinks. It probably is better to buy a good wine or something as a dinner guest present than donating to sports.

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