Class Dismissed

Spring 2003 will see the final classes exit the doors of three elementary schools with long and proud traditions within the Lawrence community. Find out more about the Centennial, East Heights and Riverside schools below.

Closing doors on schools won’t shut out memories
May 18, 2003
The fates of Centennial, East Heights and Riverside schools are sealed. They’ll close their doors Friday — the finale of a series of hotly contested decisions by a Lawrence school board strapped for cash in tight budget times.
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Centennial School memories
2002 Lawrence school closing options
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Lawrence school board to answer consolidation questions Monday
October 21, 2011
Members of the Lawrence school board will get a chance Monday to “affirm, change or cancel the charge” of its volunteer advisory group assigned to recommend a plan for closing two or three elementary schools during the next two to three years.
First Bell: Agenda set for next week’s meeting of Consolidation Working Group; Adult Learning Center schedules open house
September 28, 2011
Time for another edition of “First Bell,” a look at issues and items involving education in and around Lawrence.
Task force talks additions, subtractions as it studies future of local elementary schools
January 17, 2011
Renovate Cordley and Pinckney schools. Turn New York School into an early-childhood center. Replace both Sunset Hill and East Heights buildings with new, larger schools designed to meet the growing needs of district programs and student populations.
Kennedy School makes way for East Heights students
July 13, 2010
Kennedy School will turn 50 years old in January.
Boys and Girls Club leasing former school building
July 4, 2010
It won’t be long until Janet Murphy and her staff will begin to serve 300 elementary students in the former East Heights School, 1430 Haskell Ave.
Board OKs closure of East Heights
June 15, 2010
Lawrence school board members Monday night unanimously approved the closure of the East Heights Early Childhood Family Center building.
Lawrence Public Schools announce an additional $500,000 in administrative cuts
02:33 p.m., June 7, 2010 Updated 05:58 p.m.
Lawrence school district leaders have eliminated the equivalent of 11.5 full-time administrative support staff positions — through attrition and six layoffs — at district headquarters as part of $4.6 million in cuts for next school year.
Lawrence School Board to consider boundary change to move Kennedy students to New York
April 8, 2010
Lawrence school administrators have proposed a boundary change to shift more Kennedy School students into New York School for next year to make room for early childhood students at Kennedy.
Preliminary discussions under way about Boys and Girls Club taking over East Heights building
New occupant needed as early-childhood programs set to vacate facility
March 24, 2010
The Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence has expressed interest in using the school district’s East Heights building after the early-childhood programs move into Kennedy School next school year.
School board decides to keep Centennial for district uses
September 29, 2004
The Lawrence school district will hold onto a closed elementary school for its purposes instead of leasing it or turning it over for other uses.
Riverside closes book on memories
May 22, 2003
The school has stood in the same spot since it was founded in 1903.
Former student, teacher recall East Heights’ memories
May 21, 2003
6News reports on a former East Heights student and teacher as they recall their time at the school.