Archive for Thursday, December 8, 2011

First Bell: No decision yet on makeup time for Free State; seeking holiday gift advice; ‘nation’s report card’ released

December 8, 2011


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In case any of the 1,502 students at Free State High School are wondering, the Lawrence school district hasn’t decided yet whether you’ll need to spend additional time in school to make up for a lost day of school.

A decision is expected next week, said Julie Boyle, the district’s director of communications.

A written threat was discovered the morning of Dec. 1 and spurred evacuation of the entire school and cancellation of classes for the day. The evacuation came just a few minutes before the day’s early classes were to begin.

The Lawrence Police Department continues working with the district as it investigates the threat, which was handwritten and had been taped to the exterior, south-side doors at Free State, 4700 Overland Drive.

Anyone with information regarding the threat may provide police with tips through the Crime Stoppers hotline, which is 785-843-TIPS (8477). Crime Stoppers does not subscribe to caller ID, and information leading to an arrest can result in a $1,000 reward.

Information also may be reported to the police department at 785-832-7650.


I’m working on a story about the district’s policy regarding holiday observances and, in particular, rules and advice regarding students’ giving of gifts to teachers.

I’d love to hear from anyone with advice for others out there about what — if anything — might be appropriate for thanking an educator this holiday season.

I’ll be monitoring the comments on this story throughout the day, and I also read emails: You can call, too: 832-7188.

Folks leaving their names and contact information could become my holiday heroes.


Wednesday marked the release of the National Assessment of Educational Progress for 2011, compiled by the National Center for Educational Statistics.

The document, described as “the nation’s report card,” looks at scores for students in 21 urban districts.

The Lawrence school district was not among them.

For anyone interested in reviewing the numbers and going through the document — it’s a long one — I offer this link.

I'm still not clear on whether this would be considered a standards-based report card, by the way.


conservative 6 years, 5 months ago

My son goes to Free State and it is widely rumored they caught the person who put the note on the door but are still looking to identify who was driving the car he got back into. Does the ljworld have any more info on the search other than to say the police are investigating?

mfagan 6 years, 5 months ago

I'd say that depends on the definition of "any more info," when it comes to the search... I continue to check in with police and the district, and at this point they continue to say that they don't have anything about anyone being identified or caught or anything else. In short: The investigation continues. I will say that I continue to hear things from various folks about what might or might not have happened. And while I often follow up on rumors, I'm sticking with reporting facts for my stories. Thanks for the note, conservative. We'll see where this goes... - Mark Fagan, Schools reporter

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