Lawrence school board members on Monday night approved an ambitious list of goals for the current school year, which includes looking into a reconfiguration of schools.
Administrators will begin looking into several options, including moving ninth-grade students to the high schools and sixth-graders into buildings with seventh- and eighth-graders. Lawrence is the only district in the state with a junior high model.
But administrators and board members will be looking deeply into the issue, considering whether it makes sense with space and staffing. The public can also participate in several discussions on the topic.
Board members also approved $286,000 for work not in the original contracts in construction of the athletic facilities and fields at the high schools. The most expensive item was $73,600 for fly ash to help stabilize soil at the Lawrence High soccer field and parking lots.
Board members also expressed confidence in how administrators Frank Harwood and Tom Bracciano have managed the construction.
“I think they are doing an outstanding job of ensuring that long term we have a good investment for the kids and the taxpayers,” board member Mark Bradford said.