K-12 Education

Teenager who took loaded handgun to Free State High School no longer enrolled

A Lawrence teenager who brought a loaded handgun to Free State High School in the spring is no longer a student in Lawrence Public Schools, the district confirmed Monday. But the district will not say if he was expelled or dropped out after the incident. “Due to student privacy rights, the ...

Lawrence school board to consider striking class-size goals from policy

The Lawrence school board will consider Monday a committee's suggestion to remove existing elementary class-size goals from board policy. The action before the board is a recommendation to strike from policy the district's class-size goals, which are to keep kindergarten through third-grade ...

Elementary students make their voices heard in Boys & Girls Club mock election

Even though their votes didn't count, hundreds of Lawrence elementary students were making their voices heard on Election Day. The members of the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence at local elementary schools cast mock ballots on Tuesday to participate in the Kansas Kids Vote activity and learn ...

Start high school classes at 9 a.m.? Lawrence district is considering it

The Lawrence school district is set to conduct telephone and online surveys to find out what students, parents and staff think about starting high school classes later in the morning. Lawrence Deputy Superintendent Anna Stubblefield said the surveys were being finalized and would be sent no ...

Baldwin City school district, teachers reach contract agreement

The Baldwin City school board and district teachers have reached an agreement on a 2018-2019 contract that gives all teachers a $500 annual raise and a $500 holiday bonus. Baldwin City Superintendent Paul Dorathy said the school board on Monday approved a negotiated contract that raises the ...

Voters Guide: Newcomer, political survivor contest for 42nd House seat

The 42nd House District race pits incumbent Republican Jim Karleskint, of Tonganoxie, against Democrat Thea Perry, of rural Tonganoxie. The 42nd District includes Eudora and western Leavenworth County. Karleskint, 71, is seeking his second term in the 42nd District seat. Running as a moderate ...

Voters Guide: Multiple voting options available in Douglas County

Douglas County’s 77 polling sites will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day, Nov. 6. Residents can find the locations of their polling sites at the Douglas County Clerk’s Office website at douglascountyks.org/depts/voting-and-elections/where-to-vote and view a sample ballot by ...

Lawrence students slightly improve ACT score, outperform state, national peers

Last year’s seniors in the Lawrence school district recorded a slight improvement on the district’s composite score on the ACT and once again outperformed their state and national peers. Last week, Julie Boyle, the district's communications director, shared a news release that ACT ...

Lawrence school board approves purchase of online comment feedback software

The Lawrence school board approved Monday the purchase of a software package that Superintendent Anthony Lewis said would allow district staffers to respond to all stakeholder complaints and comments within 24 to 48 hours. The district approved a three-year contract for the Let's Talk! ...

Lawrence school board to consider paperless meeting software

The Lawrence school board will consider approving a paperless meeting management software package at its meeting Monday. The board will meet with only three items on its consent agenda, or items that are routine enough to be considered in one motion without discussion or debate. Among those is ...

Previously deported lawn worker paid girl $9 for sex act on Lawrence school grounds

A man who’d previously been deported from the United States was mowing the lawn at a Lawrence public school the day he received oral sex from a 16-year-old student on school grounds, the Journal-World has learned. The man paid the girl $9 cash, even though she’d asked for $15, because that ...

National Indian Education Association names Lawrence woman Parent of the Year

Carole Cadue-Blackwood, of Lawrence, received the Parent of the Year Award from the National Indian Education Association at the organization’s annual convention last week in Hartford, Conn. Jennifer Attocknie, the Lawrence school district's Native American student services coordinator, and ...

City rivals to team up for toy drive at football game

Free State High School and Lawrence High School students will put aside their rivalry to join forces on a toy drive at Friday’s football game between the two schools. Student teams from FSHS and LHS will be collecting new and unopened toys at the game, which starts at 7 p.m. Friday at the ...