School news

Final stretch of construction nearing for 12 Lawrence schools
03:30 p.m., April 24, 2015 Updated 10:21 p.m.
With students just under a month away from deserting their classrooms and hallways, the final stretch of construction is nearing for more than half of the Lawrence school district’s buildings. Two years after voters approved a $92.5 million bond issue to give all 20 schools a facelift and build a new technical education center, 12 of those projects are expected to be completed by the end of August. By Elliot Hughes
Free State, LHS students come together for ‘good, clean’ ping-pong madness
05:19 p.m., April 15, 2015 Updated 10:26 p.m.
Halfway through April, March Madness is still in full swing for Lawrence High School and Free State High School students watching and competing in a homegrown ping-pong tournament. By Caitlin Doornbos
Two newcomers, three incumbents win Lawrence school board seats; one incumbent voted out
April 7, 2015
The Lawrence school district will see two new faces join its governing board this summer — Jessica Beeson and Jill Fincher — while one incumbent, Bob Byers, will make an exit. Three incumbents will return to the board: current president Shannon Kimball, an attorney; Rick Ingram, a professor of psychology at Kansas University; and Marcel Harmon, an applied anthropologist who was elected to a two-year term. All other winners will serve four years.
LHS class of 2015 wants to buy signature from Walt Whitman’s 1879 visit to Lawrence
06:33 p.m., April 2, 2015 Updated 10:40 p.m.
Lawrence High School is raising money to get a piece of history — and scholarly inspiration — for its halls. A signature of American poet Walt Whitman, penned during a two-day visit to Lawrence in 1879, is for sale through a rare book company. Bold black script on the piece of paper reads: Walt Whitman Lawrence Kansas Sept. 16 ’79 By Sara Shepherd
Free State High students to compete in regional poetry competition
04:16 p.m., March 27, 2015 Updated 09:36 p.m.
Emotional, empowering stories from the lives of Lawrence students will sound out from a Kansas City stage this weekend. Free State High School’s slam poetry team recently earned a spot in Saturday’s finals of the KC “Louder than a Bomb” competition.
School board candidate profile: Shannon Kimball
March 22, 2015
Kimball, 41, is seeking her second term on the Lawrence school board after winning a seat in 2011 and spending this school year as the board’s president.
School board candidate profile: Jessica Beeson
March 22, 2015
Jessica Beeson, the director of alumni and community engagement for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Kansas University, is one of seven people hoping to be elected to the Lawrence school board April 7.
School board candidate profile: Ronald Gordon-Ross
March 22, 2015
Right up on there on Ronald Gordon-Ross’ bucket list, along with visiting Venice and flying in a jet fighter, is serving on a local school board. Gordon-Ross, 40, is one of seven people hoping to be elected to one of the four four-year terms on the Lawrence school board on April 7.
School board candidate profile: Lindsey Frye
March 22, 2015
Lindsey Frye, a denied medical claims collector for Apria Healthcare, one of seven people running for a four-year term on the Lawrence school board April 7.
School board candidate profile: Bob Byers
March 22, 2015
Bob Byers, an employee in the state social work department for about 30 years, is one of seven people running for a four-year term for the Lawrence school board April 7.
School board candidate profile: Jill Fincher
March 22, 2015
Jill Fincher, a member of the Lawrence Schools Foundation, is one of seven candidates running for four four-year terms on the Lawrence school board on April 7.
School board candidate profile: Rick Ingram
March 22, 2015
In 2011 Rick Ingram was elected to the Lawrence school board for the first time, and now he’s running again, along with six others, for four spots, each worth a four-year term.
School board questionnaire: Jessica Beeson
March 18, 2015
Jessica Beeson, 38, is the director of alumni and community engagement for Kansas University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. She also works as a lecturer for KU’s leadership studies minor and for the African & African-American Studies Department. She has served on the Elementary Facilities Task Force and the Superintendent’s Advisory Council in past years.
School board questionnaire: Bob Byers
March 18, 2015
Bob Byers, 60, served on the board from 2009 to 2012. He was appointed to the board in June 2014 following the resignation of Keith Diaz Moore. Byers is an administrator for the Kansas Department for Children and Families.
School board questionnaire: Jill Fincher
March 18, 2015
Jill Fincher, 47, is a board member for the Lawrence Schools Foundation, which raises money for the district. She has also served on boards for the Lawrence Public Library, the Ballard Center and several parent-teacher organizations for Lawrence schools. She manages a family business based in British Columbia.

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