School board

School board candidate profile: Norine Spears
February 22, 2015
While in elementary school, Norine Spears remembers riding in a car with her mother and heading door to door collecting money to buy land for a new middle school in her home town.
School board candidate profile: Kelly Spurgeon
February 22, 2015
Now vying for a position on Lawrence’s school board, Kelly Spurgeon said he would be comfortable being held accountable in that office. “That’s what a board member does,” he said. “That’s part of the service and leadership.” At the heart of any issues facing Lawerence’s schools, Spurgeon said he’s a pragmatist rather than an ideologue. And while he doesn’t presume to know or understand all the area’s problems, he said he’s prepared to listen to the needs of the people.
Lawrence school board election: Three more declare candidacy
01:08 p.m., January 13, 2015 Updated 10:05 p.m.
Three more candidates have filed to run in the April 7 election for the Lawrence school board, bringing the total to six.
Lawrence school board’s Boundary Advisory Committee meeting rescheduled
December 1, 2014
The Lawrence school board’s Boundary Advisory Committee meeting originally scheduled for this evening has been moved to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the district office, 110 McDonald Drive.
School district prepares to issue $36 million in bonds
October 27, 2014
The Lawrence school board passed a resolution Monday authorizing the sale of the second batch of $36 million in bonds to pay for building improvements and technology upgrades across the district.
Lawrence school board to hold budget election by mail in January
September 22, 2014
The Lawrence school district will hold a mail ballot election in January 2015 to determine whether it can keep its local option budget at 33 percent beyond the 2014-15 school year.
Lawrence school board to decide on mail ballot election for local option budget issue
September 19, 2014
The Lawrence school board on Monday will vote on whether to hold a mail ballot election in January to keep its local option budget at 33 percent.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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