The Lawrence school superintendent has appointed 19 community members to the district’s elementary school task force, and it’s possible several other people may join the group.
The board earlier this month approved the mission for the task force that will recommend a community vision and plan for elementary schools.
The idea was born in March when board members agreed not to close any elementary schools for next year as they made $4.6 million in budget cuts.
The task force will study nine areas, including the current physical conditions of the 15 buildings, research on class size, operating costs, the meaning of neighborhood school, and factors to be considered before either building a new elementary school or replacing an existing one.
Superintendent Rick Doll said he received more than 60 applications for the task force.
“I’ve worked with the school board members, school administrators and community educational leaders to review and pare the applications in order to balance the task force’s membership and form a work group of a manageable size,” Doll said in a release.
At Monday night’s school board meeting, board President Scott Morgan will appoint two board members to lead the task force as co-chairs.
The school board meeting begins at 7 p.m. at school district headquarters, 110 McDonald Drive.
Board members will also consider approving a bid for the new press box at the Lawrence High School athletic stadium.
Elementary school task force members
These people were chosen for inclusion on the task force:
• Jessica Beeson, Cordley School parent; KU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences project director; graduate of Lawrence schools.
• Jackie Counts, former Quail Run School parent (Southwest Junior High/Free State High students); early childhood social work background; Kansas Children’s Cabinet/Early Learning Coordinating Council and Early Childhood Mental Health Advisory Board member.
• Erika Dvorske, Schwegler School parent; United Way chief executive officer.
• Brad Finkeldei, Lawrence/Douglas County Planning Commission member; attorney; St. John parent whose children will attend West Junior High and Free State High.
• Steve Glass, Lawrence Schools Foundation board member; retired business owner, graduate of Lawrence schools; parent of graduates of Lawrence schools.
• G.R. Gordon-Ross, Prairie Park parent; Olathe Medical Center Pharmacy’s information technology coordinator.
• Julie Hack, former school board member; Chamber Government Affairs Committee member.
• Marcel Harmon, Woodlawn School parent; North Lawrence Neighborhood Association member; engineer/anthropologist.
• Nancy Hays, Sunset Hill School parent; Lawrence Memorial Hospital financial analyst.
• Greg Hough, Wakarusa Valley School parent; assistant U.S. attorney for Kansas.
• David Johnson, Bert Nash chief executive officer; Chamber of Commerce board member.
• Valerie Johnson-Powell, Lawrence Education Association president; Lawrence High speech/language pathologist; parent of graduates of Lawrence schools.
• Chris Jones, Deerfield School parent, Hasting’s store manager.
• Shannon Kimball, 2010-11 Langston Hughes School parent; former Georgia Department of Education policy specialist; attorney.
• Sean Smith, Sunflower School parent; KU special education professor; state Department of Education Special Education Advisory Committee chairman.
• Lori Tapahonso, Haskell Indian Nations University adjunct faculty member; Lawrence Human Relations Committee; parent of a graduate of Lawrence schools.
• Tom Waechter, Hillcrest School parent; KU design/construction management professor.
• Bessie Walker, district Equity Council member; NAACP former secretary; social services background.
• Chuck Warner, retired bank president; Chamber of Commerce member; 1999 school bond issue chairman; parent of graduates of Lawrence schools.