K-12 Education

Kansas giving out $5M in security funds to schools; 2 districts ask to buy guns

Story updated 5:27 p.m. July 17, 2018: TOPEKA — Kansas is distributing $5 million in state grants to beef up security and improve safety at schools in more than 150 districts. The state Department of Education began distributing the grants Monday for new doors, windows, security cameras, ...

Lawrence school board elects new officers, approves 5 cent increase in meal prices

The Lawrence school board elected board member Jessica Beeson to a one-year term as president of the board Monday morning during its annual organizational meeting. The organizational meeting marked the official start of the district’s 2018-2019 school year and was the first meeting that ...

Lawrence school district’s new superintendent ready to hit the ground running

As he talked recently about the new job he will start Monday as superintendent of the Lawrence school district, Anthony Lewis took a second to reflect on the name of the building he'll work in. “The Education Support and Distribution Center,” he said. “In a lot of places, it would just ...

Recently unveiled design plans aim to bring aging Lawrence High into 21st century

Earlier this week, school board members got their first look at design plans for Lawrence High School. The aging midcentury campus is set to receive a $50.8 million makeover within the next few years, thanks to voters passing the district’s $87 million bond issue in 2017. Among the six ...

Stubblefield ready to relinquish district helm as new superintendent set to begin

Anna Stubblefield will step away from her one-year tenure as interim superintendent confident that she accomplished the task asked of her when the Lawrence school board appointed her to the position. Stubblefield was named interim superintendent on June 20, 2017, and she has served in that ...

Inside the Boys & Girls Club’s new teen center; facility set to open in August

More than two years after fundraising and planning began, the Boys & Girls Club’s $5 million teen center is finally beginning to take shape. Leaders of the organization’s Lawrence branch are hoping to boost enrollment among older kids with the opening of the new facility, officially ...

Eudora City Commission working with company to redevelop old school site

The city of Eudora has started working with a local firm to redevelop the old Nottingham school property on the city’s Kansas Highway 10 gateway. On June 11, the Eudora City Commission approved a predevelopment agreement for the Nottingham property with Alcove Development, of Lawrence. ...

Kansas Supreme Court upholds repeal of teacher tenure rights

TOPEKA — The Kansas Supreme Court ruled Friday that state lawmakers did not violate the constitutional rights of public school teachers in 2014 when they repealed a law giving veteran teachers what are commonly known as tenure rights. Prior to 2014, under a statute dating back to the 1950s, ...

Crews start work on district’s $4.57M turf replacement at LHS, Free State

It may not look like much now, but big changes are afoot at Free State High School’s football stadium. Crews have spent the last several days working to remove the field’s nearly 10-year-old turf so that new turf can be laid in the coming weeks. On Wednesday, crews had just finished ...

Lawrence school district selects new athletic directors for Free State and LHS

New athletic directors have been selected for both of Lawrence's public high schools. Interim Superintendent Anna Stubblefield announced both selections in a news release Monday afternoon. John Hilton will be the assistant principal/athletic director for Lawrence High School while Amanda ...