General Election — April 3, 2007

Lawrence School Board, USD 497

The top four finishers in the April 3 election will serve four-year terms on the Lawrence School Board. They'll face budget issues, oversee continuance of construction projects throughout the district, and wrestle with the ongoing challenges posed by the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

All precincts reporting / 35,427 total votes / Unofficial results / Precinct breakdown

Completed candidate chats
Schools, city now in hands of voters
April 2, 2007
Voters will decide the future makeup of the Lawrence City Commission and school board Tuesday.
School board forum issues ‘peaceful’
March 29, 2007
Four years ago, the city’s school board election was marked by a divisive battle involving a bond issue and the spectre of closing neighborhood schools.
Egypt trip doesn’t affect candidate’s campaign focus
March 28, 2007
Victor Sisk ran a long-distance campaign during the early part of March - he was on a vacation/educational trip to Egypt.
Campaign finance reports out for candidates
March 27, 2007
The top two vote getters in last month’s city commission primary also lead the pack when it comes to campaign finance this election season. As for school board candidates, those who spend more than $500 have until 30 days after the general election to file and itemized statement of all contributions they’ve received over $50.
Self-proclaimed ‘character’ goes against the grain on some issues
March 27, 2007
Robert Rauktis sees himself as a little different from the other eight candidates running April 3 for four seats on Lawrence’s school board.
Candidate seeks to help district improve community relations
Phasing in all-day kindergarten could help performance, Pomes says
March 26, 2007
Michael Pomes says he’s seen several problems in the last year with Lawrence’s public schools. And they could have been avoided if school district leaders had talked first to parents and neighborhood leaders, Pomes said.
Morgan taps parental experience
March 23, 2007
Lawrence school board candidate Scott Morgan said the board needs to encourage parents to become more involved in their child’s school. “Being a parent, I know that we can be a royal pain - and to some it’s an art form,” Morgan said.
March Madness’ also applies to local elections
March 22, 2007
Advance voting started last week for the local elections in Douglas County and election officials say turnout has been less than stellar.
Incumbent candidate wants competitive district
March 22, 2007
Rich Minder said he still has a lot of unfinished business after four years on Lawrence’s school board. “It’s kind of like getting off the train halfway there,” said Minder, who was elected in 2003.
Educator sees three challenges for Lawrence district
March 21, 2007
Marlene Merrill, a former Lawrence school administrator, is ready for a comeback. But it’s not to work as an educator in Lawrence again. Merrill, 62, wants to use her education background to plan the future of local public schools.
Ability to keep pace with technology deemed priority
March 20, 2007
Lawrence’s public schools need to prepare students for a quickly changing future, according to Mike Machell.
School board veteran back on ballot
March 19, 2007
If you ask Mary Loveland what qualities she would bring to Lawrence’s school board, she has a simple response.
Balanced approach to snacks sought
March 15, 2007
No to cookie police, says one school board candidate. No to food police, say several others. But yes to promoting moderation on junk food and more physical exercise in Lawrence’s public schools, say most of the eight candidates running for Lawrence’s school board in the April 3 election, in which four seats will be filled.
Students face-off with school board candidates
March 14, 2007
Local high school students go head to head with the people who govern their school lives.
Candidates focus on teacher retention
March 6, 2007
How do you keep teachers in Lawrence? Voters got a chance to hear Monday night how the eight school board candidates think Lawrence should compete for teachers in coming years. Some said making salaries competitive was the answer.