K-12 Education

New Free State High math teacher thanks students for award

Free State High School math teacher Alyssa Barratt said that being recognized Monday as a Lawrence school district Horizon Award winner was nice, but it was her students who made every school day special. “I do this because I love you guys,” she told the students in her first-hour geometry ...

3 Bishop Seabury Academy students named National Merit Scholar semifinalists

Three students from Lawrence's Bishop Seabury Academy — Ella Blake, Jack Blonigen and Hilary Griggs — have been named National Merit Scholar semifinalists, the school announced this week. Approximately 1.6 million high school students enter the National Merit Scholarship Program every ...

2 arrested after reported gun sale between students at Lawrence High School

Updated at 2:44 p.m. A reported gun sale between two students this week on the Lawrence High School campus led to the arrest of two teens. The gun in question was apparently taken from a parent's home. Police and school leaders looked into the situation after a parent reported hearing about a ...

10 Lawrence school district seniors named National Merit Scholar semifinalists

Four seniors at Lawrence High School and six seniors at Free State High School have been named National Merit Scholar semifinalists, the school district announced this week. More than 1.6 million juniors in about 22,000 high schools entered the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking ...

Lawrence school board agrees to support city raising age to buy tobacco

The Lawrence school board agreed Monday to support a measure that would raise the age to purchase tobacco products in the city from 18 to 21. Vicki Collie-Akers, chair of the LiveWell Douglas County Tobacco 21 work group and associate director of health promotion research at the University of ...

Sunset Hill Elementary teacher named a finalist for Kansas Teacher of the Year

Nicole Corn, a kindergarten teacher at Sunset Hill Elementary School in Lawrence, has been named a finalist for the Kansas Department of Education Teacher of the Year Award. According to a press release from the department, Corn was presented with Region 2 Elementary Teacher of the Year Award ...

Peaslee Tech sees enrollment expand as it moves beyond early challenges

Now in its fourth year of operation, the Dwayne Peaslee Technical Training Center has moved beyond the struggling narrative that accompanied its early history, the school’s director said. “We are financially stable, the building is in good shape, our assets are more valuable than anything ...

Lawrence school board to take steps needed for $43.5M bond sale

The Lawrence school board will take steps Monday needed to prepare for the sale of $43.5 million in general obligation bonds later this month. On the board’s agenda is an item authorizing the sale on Sept. 24 of the remaining half of the $87 million in bond debt that voters approved in May ...

Community breakfast highlights $1.5 million given to Lawrence Public Schools

The Lawrence community raised more than $470,000 in donations last year for public schools, and Lawrence’s superintendent told a large crowd Friday morning that he already has another goal for the district. “I’ve read where Lawrence is the most educated community in Kansas,” ...

Ribbon cutter exemplifies Boys & Girls Club goals

With snow falling outside and only an outdoor basketball hoop to play on, Avion Nelson decided what any child desperate to get some shots up would do. He shoveled the snow. “Once it got finished, everyone wanted to come outside and play,” he said. But Nelson no longer needs to put in ...

Lawrence school district, teachers union at impasse over 2018-19 contract

The Lawrence school district and the Lawrence teachers union are at an impasse after the lead district negotiator said the district would not increase its salary proposal or consider other key requests from the union. About 30 minutes into Wednesday's negotiation session, David Cunningham, the ...

Sword found at Schwegler Elementary; LHS student allegedly strikes staff member

Students at Schwegler Elementary School made an unusual discovery during an afternoon recess on Friday: a sheathed sword attached to a bicycle that had been abandoned in a ditch near the school’s playground, according to Julie Boyle, the school district's communications director. No details ...