School board

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
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
Bert Nash trying to get mental health program back into all Lawrence schools
March 15, 2014
Officials at Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center are still working to get the Working to Recognize Alternative Possibilities program, or WRAP, program back into the entire Lawrence school district, years after it became a victim of budget cuts. They say WRAP helps reduce violence, suicides and bullying by identifying — and treating — students with mental illnesses at an early age. By Giles Bruce
As Kansas weighs restrictions on sex ed, sexuality experts say it’s already inadequate
March 4, 2014
As the Kansas Legislature discusses restricting how sex education can be taught across the state, some sexuality experts say the programs are already inadequate in preparing students for adulthood. By Giles Bruce
Student activity at heart of design plans
February 11, 2014
Schematic designs for the Lawrence school district’s planned new College and Career Center include open spaces, transparent walls and and rooms designed for collaborative working. District officials plan to open the new facility in the 2015-2016 academic year. By Peter Hancock
No zero-tolerance disciplinary philosophy for Lawrence schools
January 13, 2014
Lawrence schools already appear to practice much of what the Obama administration recommended last week in avoiding zero-tolerance disciplinary policies.
Wind chill warning expires, advisory in effect for Douglas County
06:27 p.m., January 5, 2014 Updated 12:07 p.m.
A face-numbing winter blast caused few weather-related incidents during the weekend, but sub-zero temperatures closed schools today in Lawrence and surrounding communities. Get your forecast today and take a look at the weekend’s weather round-up. Click here for the latest area closings. By Nicole Wentling and Elliot Hughes
School board adopts $148.8 million budget
August 12, 2013
The school district’s budget allows for up to 18 percent more spending next year, but district officials say they expect the actual increase to be much less than that. The average growth rate over the last few years has been 3 percent to 5 percent, officials said. By Peter Hancock
School board moves forward on sex ed curriculum
May 13, 2013
The Lawrence school board hopes to have a new human sexuality curriculum in place by this summer that will incorporate new national guidelines. The new curriculum would add more information about contraception and sexual orientation. By Peter Hancock
School board studies ‘critical race theory’ in work on equity issues
May 4, 2013
The Lawrence school board devoted a three-hour workshop recently to the study of ‘critical race theory’ to understand how race affects many facets of education. Although controversial in some circles, district officials say it’s a useful tool to increase awareness of racial disparities. By Peter Hancock
School board OK’s $4.1 million in projects; reorganizes administration
April 8, 2013
The Lawrence school board voted to approve $4.1 million in projects that were not covered by the recently-passed bond issue. The administration office will also get a shake-up, with more staff moved into schools to prepare for technology overhaul. By Peter Hancock
Lawrence school district moving forward on bond projects
April 7, 2013
The Lawrence school board will be asked Monday to approve a contract with a construction manager to supervise projects funded with the recently approved $92.5 million bond issue. Voters approved that bond issue in last week’s elections. By Peter Hancock