Archive for Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
Kansas University’s associate director of bands, Tom Stidham, is pictured Thursday in Murphy Hall. Stidham, who is in his 50th year of teaching music since his beginning at Lake Placid High School in Lake Placid, Fla., has had plenty of interesting stops along the way including performing in a fundraiser with Bob Hope while at Georgia Southern University. 16 Things: Band leader strikes up a list of notable and entertaining events
December 11, 2011 in print edition on 1A
This is another in an occasional series of stories by reporter Andy Hyland, asking Kansas University staff to share “16 Things I’ve Done.” This week, we talked with Tom Stidham, associate director of bands.
6:00 a.m.
Kansas University chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little talks with the Lawrence Journal-World on Dec. 12, 2011, in her office at Strong Hall. Chancellor Gray-Little prepares to share KU’s vision for improvement with Kansas Regents
December 12, 2011
At a time of fiscal constraints, Kansas University Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little is hoping to get state leaders to sign onto the school’s vision for improvement.
10:00 a.m.
Dylan Theno experienced bullying from other boys when he was growing up in Tonganoxie to the point where he had to quit high school. His family eventually won a settlement in federal court against the school district.  Now 23 years-old and out of college, Dylan has moved on with his life in Overland Park. In Lawrence, anti-bullying efforts depend on the school
December 13, 2011 in print edition on 1A
While the district indeed adheres to a state requirement that every school have a plan to address and prevent bullying, just about every school has a different way of approaching the problem.
2:00 p.m.
Students in Nancy Orsburn's second-grade class at New York School line up to head outside for recess on Monday, Dec. 12, 2011. On Monday, proposals were submitted by representatives of New York and Cordley schools on the topic of consolidation. Both groups believe their is room to expand on the campuses of their respective schools. Cordley, New York schools add ideas to Lawrence elementary consolidation mix
December 12, 2011 in print edition on 3A
With consolidation proposals forwarded by representatives from all six Lawrence elementary schools identified for potential closure, an advisory group’s work now turns to determining which one, if any, might work in the months and years ahead.
6:00 p.m.
Strong Hall on Kansas University's campus. Top Kansas University faculty and staff to get raises on Jan. 1
December 12, 2011
Faculty and staff at Kansas University are eligible for merit-based raises that will kick in on Jan. 1. The money for the raises comes from more than $5.2 million in funds collected from increased tuition.
10:00 p.m.
Members of the city's Solid Waste Task Force follow a trash truck on Villo Woods Court, Tuesday, May 17, 2011. The task force took a tour of Lawrence's trash and recycling processes to learn more about solid waste operations. Automation, recycling still on Solid Waste Task Force’s working list while trash options being sorted
December 13, 2011 in print edition on 1A
Bit by bit, a city-appointed task force is getting closer to making recommendations that will change much about trash in Lawrence, from how residents must set it out at the curb to the number of city employees needed to collect it.

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Tax the wealthy?
December 13, 2011 in print edition on A8
Political “wisdom” proclaims that wealth generates jobs.
Pension reform
Replacing KPERS with a 401(k) plan will take away a significant benefit for state employees, and may necessitate offers of better wages and other perks to keep qualified workers in the public sector.
December 13, 2011 in print edition on A8
A recommendation to convert the state employee retirement system to a 401(k) plan seems like a reasonable move, but state officials need to realize that the pensions currently guaranteed by the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System are a significant benefit for state employees.