Archive for Tuesday, September 29, 2009

School board sets goals for year

September 29, 2009


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.


svenway_park 8 years, 7 months ago

I was fixing some tomato soup last night, from the last of my fresh tomatoes. But there was no dried oregano. Then I realized that it never added anything, so I was more than satisfied with the result.

OutlawJHawk 8 years, 7 months ago

And in other news, the teachers continue to work without a contract since the board cannot find any money.

kugrad 8 years, 7 months ago

In still more other news, salaries for district principals rose again last year, and they rose in their ranking among all KS schools(about 32nd in the state).. The district superintendant now makes over $50,000 more than the Governor of the state and is about 15th in the state. Teachers took a big salary cut as a result of rising insurance costs that reduce their take-home pay. Even without that cut, teacher salaries FELL in comparison with other KS districts, from 88th to 98th. Summary: Principals and administrator salaries rising in comparison with other districts, teacher salaries falling in comparison with other districts.

salad 8 years, 7 months ago

^ continuing the policy of "no edu-crat left behind".

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