School board

District budget slightly lowers mill levy
July 24, 2012
The Lawrence school board on Monday voted to publish a budget for the upcoming school year with a slight decrease in property tax rates.
Wrongful firing case filed against school district
District denies employee was let go for whistle-blowing
July 23, 2012
An attorney for a former Lawrence public schools employee alleges that his client was wrongfully terminated in October 2011 for reporting that a fellow employee was renting out district video projectors to several Lawrence area bars.
School board to view, approve budget Monday
July 20, 2012
Officials at the Lawrence school district will present a 2012-13 budget to school board members Monday night that will hold the line on property tax rates while using an increase in state aid to provide $1.4 million for teacher raises. Rick Doll, superintendent, said the district wouldn’t make its full budget available to the board or the public until Monday’s meeting because the district is continuing to work on its estimates for enrollment counts and the number of students on free and reduced lunches, along with other estimates.
Lawrence teachers, district at stalemate in salary negotiations
July 11, 2012
Lawrence’s school district and its teachers union negotiated for about two and a half hours with a mediator before coming to an impasse Wednesday as neither side flinched on their salary proposals for the 2012-13 school year.
Board OKs calendar with weekday graduations
July 9, 2012
Members of the Lawrence school board approved an academic calendar for the 2013-14 school year on Monday that placed high school graduations on a Tuesday and Wednesday.
Parents honored for fundraising campaign
June 26, 2012
The Lawrence school district’s 2012 Outstanding Citizen Awards recognize three Lawrence High School parents who helped organize a private fundraising campaign to improve athletics facilities at the school.
Board OKs plan for tennis courts
June 26, 2012
Lawrence school board members on Monday gave their OK to a plan to cooperate with the city on a proposal to bring lighted tennis courts near Free State High School.
Teachers, district to meet with mediator about size of raises
June 13, 2012
The Lawrence school district and its teachers union will meet with a mediator in July after failing to agree on the size of raises for teachers Wednesday.
School district may have extra $1.5M
June 11, 2012
The Lawrence school board could have some additional budget funds to allocate for the 2012-13 school year after some new changes go into effect, including one that increases the amount of money paid per pupil by the state by $58, district officials said Monday.
Raises still biggest sticking point in teacher negotiations
June 7, 2012
The Lawrence school district moved closer to an agreement on some issues with its teachers union Wednesday, but remained in different places on the issue of salary. Teachers are paid based on a pay schedule that provides more money both for teachers with more education and for teachers with more years of service, up to a maximum amount.
Lawrence school official thankful for increase, ‘scared to death’ of impact of Brownback tax cuts
May 24, 2012
Lawrence school Supt. Rick Doll said Thursday he is thankful the Legislature approved an increase in school funding but “scared to death” about what the tax cuts signed into law by Gov. Sam Brownback will do to school budgets in future years.
Lawrence school board planning for bond issue
May 21, 2012
Lawrence school board members on Monday directed district administrators to begin plans to likely present a bond issue mainly aimed at upgrading the district’s elementary schools to voters next spring.
School board favors tweaking middle school boundary line
May 15, 2012
For years, students in the north-central part of the Lawrence school district have been bused across the city to attend Liberty Memorial Central Middle School. On Monday night, parents asked the school board to change the boundary so their children could attend West Middle School.
Principal becomes district HR director
May 3, 2012
Liberty Memorial Central Middle School Principal Anna Stubblefield has been named the Lawrence school district’s new division director of human resources.
Enrollment increase, money management have enabled school budget reversal
April 26, 2012
Earlier this week, the Lawrence school board reversed years of budget cutting and approved nearly $2 million worth of new programs. The board expanded the district’s full-day kindergarten to four more schools, added 21 new teachers to the district and agreed to fund a program geared toward getting more middle-of-the road students and first-generation college students into universities.