Schools and education

Elected Education Officials
State Board of Education
  • Janet Waugh, (D-District 1)
    715 N. 74th Kansas City, KS 66112; (913) 287-5165
  • Carolyn Wims-Campbell, (D-District 4)
    3824 S.E. Illinois Ave., Topeka 66609; (785) 266-3798
  • Kansas Board of Regents
    1000 S.W. Jackson St., Suite 520
    Topeka, KS 66612; (785) 296-3421
  • Arthur Edwin “Ed” McKechnie, chairman, Arcadia
  • Tim Emert, vice chairman, Independence
  • Christine Downey-Schmidt, Inman
  • Mildred Edwards, Wichita
  • Juana "Janie" Perkins, Garden City
  • Fred Logan Jr., Leawood
  • Dan Lykins, Topeka
  • Robba Addison Moran, Hays
  • Kenny Wilk, Lansing
  • Lawrence School Board
  • Kristie Adair
    4924 Stoneback Place, 66047; 785-840-7989
  • Rick Ingram, president
    1510 Crescent Road, 66044; 864-9819
  • Shannon Kimball, vice president
    257 Earhart Circle, 66049; 840-7722
  • Randy Masten
    934 W. 21st St., 66046; 760-5196
  • Keith Diaz Moore
    1738 Barker Ave., 66044; 856-1402
  • Adina Morse
    1549 Alvamar Court, 66047; 785-856-0843
  • Vanessa Sanburn
    765 Ash Street, 66044; 785-856-1233
  • Administration

  • Rick Doll, superintendent
School district proposes cut in property tax rate
July 24, 2014
The Lawrence school district has proposed a budget that includes a decrease in the local school district property tax rate. By Scott Rothschild
Language courses prepare travelers to venture confidently abroad
July 19, 2014
When Erica Miller and her husband, David Miller, traveled to France last year, they could proudly answer “un peu,” a little bit, when asked if they spoke French.
JCCC programs help students, caregivers ‘demystify’ Medicare
July 19, 2014
Johnson County Community College wants to demystify the Medicare claims process. This summer JCCC offered a Medicare course for health care providers.
Social media, mobile tech top seniors’ education wish lists
July 19, 2014
Baby Boomers and older adults are becoming increasingly computer savvy, and they continue to fill technology-related continuing education classes at local colleges.
Online college coursework operates on competency model
July 19, 2014
More institutions than ever are granting degrees that can be mostly to completely obtained online, and working adults in particular are seeking out online degrees.
Professional certificates give job applicants a leg up, experts say
July 19, 2014
Specialized certificate programs are in increasing demand among both working professionals and students of all levels. With a high level of specialization offered in a relatively short time frame, certificates offer many potential benefits for those who want to demonstrate a leg up to current and future employers.
Kansas lawmakers worry about teacher fingerprinting
July 15, 2014
A state agency should reconsider fingerprinting 33,000 longtime Kansas public school teachers, a legislative committee recommended.
School board discusses how potential new police headquarters has implications for district land use
July 14, 2014
The Lawrence Police Department is not the only institution in town awaiting news as to whether a new police headquarters will gain approval. If the estimated $30 million facility becomes reality, a domino effect affecting Lawrence Public Schools could be possible. By Stephen Montemayor
Four Lawrence grads among National Merit Scholars
July 14, 2014
Four recent high school graduates from Lawrence were among the final group of National Merit Scholar designees to be announced this year. The National Merit Scholarship Corp. announced Monday about 1,600 additional winners of scholarships financed by colleges and universities, joining about 2,500 other recipients announced in May.
Kansas board proposes big boost in education aid
July 8, 2014
Topeka — Kansas would phase in a substantial increase of $459 million in spending on its public schools over two years under largely symbolic proposals approved Tuesday by the State Board of Education.
Kansas won’t release data from reading, math tests
01:43 p.m., July 8, 2014 Updated 02:49 p.m.
Kansas won’t be issuing any report cards this year on how well its public school students performed on standardized reading and math tests after cyber attacks and other problems this spring, the state Board of Education decided Tuesday.
Brownback names state board candidate to K-12 panel
July 2, 2014
Gov. Sam Brownback on Tuesday named Hoisington High School Principal Meg Wilson, a Republican who is running for the Kansas State Board of Education, to serve on the newly formed K-12 Student Performance and Efficiency Commission. By Peter Hancock
KNEA says it’s still planning lawsuit over repeal of teacher tenure
July 1, 2014
The state’s largest teachers union says it’s still planning to file a lawsuit challenging the repeal of teacher tenure rights in Kansas. KNEA officials had previously said it would be filed “before the end of June.” By Peter Hancock
Lawrence school board appoints former member Bob Byers to replace outgoing Diaz Moore
June 30, 2014
Bob Byers is back on the Lawrence school board after a little less than two years away. The board selected Byers from a field of 13 applicants during its Monday meeting to replace Keith Diaz Moore, who resigned in May to accept the position of dean of the University of Utah’s school of architecture.
West Middle School Honor Roll for spring 2014
June 30, 2014
West Middle School has announced its spring honor rolls.
Catching up on summer schools construction
June 30, 2014
Some of the 10 Lawrence Public Schools buildings at which bond issue construction projects are underway this summer look like full-fledged work zones. Other projects are more subtle, easy to escape the naked eye all season. Each represents the start of a $92.5 million bond issue voters approved in 2013 that will touch every Lawrence public school while adding a new $5.7 million college and career center. By Stephen Montemayor
Lawrence school board will consider 13 applicants to fill vacant seat at Monday meeting
June 27, 2014
Former school board members and area educators are among the 13 applicants who will be considered Monday evening to fill a vacant Lawrence school board seat. By Stephen Montemayor
International students seeking host families in and near Lawrence
June 26, 2014
Visiting international students ages 15-18 are seeking host families in and near Lawrence both for the fall semester and full academic school year. Traditional families, singles and empty nesters can all serve as host families for their students, who will participate as active members of the family and integrate into their host families’ routines and traditions.
State school board sets rules for hiring some teachers without education degrees
June 25, 2014
The State Board of Education on Wednesday voted 9-1 to adopt temporary licensure regulations that go into effect next week and expand the criteria for obtaining a teaching license. Under the new guidelines, districts may hire teachers in certain subject areas who don’t have education degrees but have earned degrees and have professional experience as long as they meet certain criteria.
Kansas Senate president announces appointments to education panel
June 24, 2014
Senate President Susan Wagle announced her appointments to the K-12 Student Performance and Efficiency Commission on Tuesday, selecting a pair of officials with ties to education and business in the Wichita area.
Mackey alumni to gather for reunion decades after school’s shuttering
June 24, 2014
Stories are already pouring out ahead of Saturday’s reunion for alumni and former teachers from the Leavenworth County school that closed down in 1966. More than 100 are expected to gather Saturday at Fall Leaf Farm in Linwood to remember their time at the school, which was about five miles east of Lawrence and is today a machine shop. By Stephen Montemayor
Middle school program helps students beat the heat with jazz jams
June 24, 2014
Within the walls of Lawrence High’s air-conditioned band room, another layer of cool was laid down before lunchtime on Tuesday. In the twilight of its annual two-week iteration, the middle school summer jazz program played on as more than 30 students assembled for what amounted to a 90-minute jam. Save for a few punctuations, like the time a student set off on a riff of “The Lion Sleeps Tonight.” By Stephen Montemayor
Douglas County United Way’s ‘Day of Action’ promoted education, self-sufficiency and health
June 21, 2014
United Way of Douglas County participated in the annual United Way Worldwide’s Day of Action for the first time Saturday with three separate volunteer events throughout the day. The local United Way director of volunteer engagement Lori Johns said nearly 50 local volunteers divided up to concur the three goals of United Way: education, self sufficiency and health.
LHS junior clinches top-60 finish at debate nationals; FSHS sends five
June 21, 2014
One morning this week, Lawrence High junior Hayley Luna received a text message from her debate coach, Jeff Plinsky, as she prepared for the semifinals of the National Speech and Debate Tournament’s congressional debate category. “All of LHS’ eyes are on you. Go get ‘em,” Plinsky wrote. By Stephen Montemayor
Bishop Seabury Academy announces spring honor roll
June 19, 2014
Bishop Seabury Academy has announced its spring honor roll
Amid election-year criticism on school funding, Brownback touts career and technical education
June 18, 2014
As the election-year debate over his record on education funding heats up, Gov. Sam Brownback is pointing to the success of a program that targets funding for career and technical job training for high school students. Speaking in Manhattan on Wednesday, Brownback said enrollment in post-secondary job-training programs has doubled since the initiative began in 2012. By Peter Hancock
Brownback names two superintendents to new education panel
June 18, 2014
Gov. Sam Brownback has appointed two school superintendents to serve on a newly created Student Performance and Efficiency Commission. They are superintendents Dr. Jim Hinson, of Shawnee Mission, and Bev Mortimer, of Concordia. By Peter Hancock
Not too early to think about back-to-school immunizations
June 16, 2014
It’s never too early to think about back-to-school immunizations, given that several vaccines are required for schoolchildren across the state. By Giles Bruce
Lawrence High School announces second semester honor roll
June 12, 2014
Lawrence High School has announced its second semester honor roll.
Liberty Memorial Central Middle School announces second semester honor rolls
June 12, 2014
Liberty Memorial Central Middle School has announced its second semester honor rolls.