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 task force leader makes recommendations
09:03 a.m., September 17, 2014 Updated 10:13 a.m.
The head of a school efficiency task force is recommending several changes to education policies in Kansas, including incentives for school districts to consolidate and potential restrictions on teacher bargaining rights.
United Way 2014 campaign seeks to double the number of donors in Douglas County
September 16, 2014
United Way of Douglas County kicked off its 2014 fundraising campaign at an appropriate location Tuesday morning: the soon-to-open Sports Pavilion Lawrence at Rock Chalk Park. Improving the health of the community is one of United Way’s three major goals, and the new, 181,000-square-foot recreation center offers numerous fitness opportunities — from workout equipment to basketball hoops to pickleball courts — free of charge for Douglas County residents. By Giles Bruce
Kansas efficiency taskforce to meet this week
September 15, 2014
A wide range of topics will be on the table when a new Kansas commission meets to look for efficiencies within the state’s public school system.
South Middle School instructor receives Horizon Award
September 12, 2014
Laura Hochman, an English language arts teacher at South Middle School, on Friday received the Lawrence school district’s Horizon Award, which honors exemplary novice teachers.
Pinckney teacher receives district’s Horizon Award
September 11, 2014
Mark Buckman, a special education teacher at Pinckney Elementary School, received the Lawrence school district’s Horizon Award, which recognizes exemplary novice teachers.
12 Lawrence-area students named National Merit semifinalists
September 10, 2014
Twelve Lawrence high schoolers have been named semifinalists for the National Merit Scholarship Program, which recognizes the top academically talented students in the country.
New York Times art critic, a Lawrence High grad, says schools should teach visual literacy
September 5, 2014
The American education system should make sure students are better versed in the world of art, the co-chief art critic of The New York Times said at the Lawrence Schools Foundation community education breakfast Friday. By Giles Bruce
Preliminary report says Lawrence school enrollment went up 2 percent
September 2, 2014
An unofficial tally of enrollment by the Lawrence school district counted an extra 227 students, a 2 percent increase, compared with last year.
Kansas gets $350K to push healthier school meals
September 2, 2014
Kansas is receiving nearly $350,000 in federal grants to help schools serve healthier meals and snacks.
Lawrence High class of ‘64, celebrating its 50th reunion this weekend, was one for the history books
August 30, 2014
A famous mystery writer. A billionaire investor. A noted Native American sculptor. An engineer who worked on the International Space Station. What do all these people have in common? They were all members of the Lawrence High School class of 1964, which is celebrating its 50th class reunion in Lawrence this weekend.
Feds renew education waiver for Kansas
August 28, 2014
The U.S. Department of Education announced Thursday that it has given Kansas a one-year extension on its waiver from requirements of the No Child Left Behind law and removed the state from the list of those at “high risk” of having their waivers revoked and losing federal funds. By Peter Hancock
Lawrence school officials weigh pros and cons of later start times for teens
August 27, 2014
Area school officials are pondering the pros and cons of a later start time, after the American Academy of Pediatrics released a report this week recommending that middle and high schools start at 8:30 a.m. or later to allow students to be better rested for classes.
Report finds Kansas schools not misusing funding formula
August 26, 2014
A Kansas Association of School Boards report finds the increase in children receiving free or discounted meals is tied to increasing poverty rates and is not a ploy to boost school funding.
ACT college readiness scores improve in Kansas
August 20, 2014
The percentage of Kansas high school graduates meeting the ACT college readiness benchmarks grew in 2014, but large racial and ethnic disparities remain. In Lawrence the average ACT composite score was unchanged from last year, but remains well above the state and national averages. By Peter Hancock
Sunset Hill Elementary to kick off school year with ‘Back to School Bash’
August 20, 2014
Sunset Hill Elementary School plans to open the new school year with its second annual “Back to School Bash,” hosted by the Sunset Hill Parent-Teacher Organization.
Lawrence schools: five cool gadgets
August 18, 2014
As Lawrence students and teachers go back to class, we’re focusing on a few of the district’s standouts. Today, five cool gadgets.
Lawrence schools: Five cool clubs
August 18, 2014
Growing tomatoes, painting murals or running miles on end. When it comes to the Lawrence school district’s many clubs, it matters less what students are doing and more that they’re doing it as a group. Here are five active clubs, from elementary to high school, gardening to art. By Sara Shepherd
Lawrence schools: Five cool people behind the scenes
August 15, 2014
As Lawrence students and teachers go back to class this week, we’re focusing on a few of the district’s standouts. Today, here’s a look at five people in the Lawrence school district who work behind the scenes to make things run smoothly. By Elliot Hughes
Lawrence schools: Five cool classes
August 14, 2014
As Lawrence students and teachers go back to class this week, we’re focusing on a few of the district’s standouts. Today, five cool classes.
Lawrence schools: Five standout teachers
August 13, 2014
As Lawrence students and teachers go back to class this week, we’re focusing on a few of the district’s standouts. Today, five teachers running some of Lawrence’s most successful classrooms.
A few changes in store at Lawrence public school cafeterias
August 11, 2014
Hummus. Rice bowls. Sweet and sour chicken. Super nachos. These are among the new items being offered in Lawrence public school cafeterias this year in an effort to provide students with a wider variety of meal choices. By Giles Bruce
KNEA sues over tenure repeal
02:28 p.m., August 11, 2014 Updated 04:18 p.m.
Lawyers for the state’s largest teachers union say a provision of the 2014 school finance bill repealing teacher tenure rights is unconstitutional because it contains more than one topic. State officials said during debate on the bill that it is constitutional because all the provisions deal with education. By Peter Hancock
Kansas teachers’ union challenges anti-tenure law
August 11, 2014
The largest teachers’ union in Kansas filed a lawsuit Monday against a new state law that ended guaranteed tenure for public school teachers, arguing that legislators violated the state constitution by folding the new policy into a larger education funding measure.
Lawrence chiropractors: Avoid back pain when going back to school
August 10, 2014
Of all the back-to-school decisions parents in Lawrence make this week, one that could have long-lasting impacts on their child’s health is … which backpack to use. Local chiropractors say having a sturdy backpack that’s not too heavy and worn properly could save kids from developing back, neck and posture problems. By Giles Bruce
Families spend time together, prepare for school year in final days of summer
August 10, 2014
Thoughts of homework and teachers were far from Colin Bradt’s mind as he pushed together the couch and chairs of his family’s Lawrence living room last week. “I build a fort the other day, just because I could,” Bradt, 14, recalled. “I had the time to do it.” There, under his cushioned stronghold, Bradt snuggled up to his dog —a golden retriever and German shepherd mix named Storm— and took some time to enjoy the final days of summer.
Lawrence school board to hear report on student wellness; set to vote on budget
August 8, 2014
One of the goals of the Lawrence school board is to enhance “student wellness” with counseling and mental health services across the district. On Monday, the board will hear a report from district staff on how that effort is going. By Scott Rothschild
Kansas parents fear end of bingo fundraisers
August 4, 2014
Some parents at a Wichita school fear their annual bingo-night fundraiser will be canceled, after district officials reminded them that state law forbids pay-to-play bingo.
Lawrence school board members defend recess
August 3, 2014
Lawrence school board member Adina Morse compared the practice to something that one might see in a prison setting. By Scott Rothschild
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.