K-12 Education

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 ...

Lawrence school board eyes ‘paperless’ meeting management programs

The Lawrence school board will meet Monday with a brief agenda that includes a presentations on two "paperless" meeting management programs. Representatives from BoardDocs and BoardPaq will give online presentations to the the board about software that allows government bodies to post online ...

Eudora Middle School adds new outdoor space for games, learning

Middle-schoolers of Eudora have a new space to play basketball, four-square and even oversized chess with the grand opening of the Eudora Middle School Outdoor Fitness and Wellness Center on Friday. “Our students will benefit from many more opportunities to be outside," Eudora Middle School ...

Lawrence school district offers help in registering for new student info system

Lawrence school district officials are encouraging parents or guardians having difficulty registering with the district’s new student information system to visit the district website or to call the district office for instructions on completing the 10-step registration. The district last ...

Lawrence school district leaders hear update on technology, lost devices

The Lawrence school board on Monday received a technology update that included statistics on the number of iPads, MacBooks and associated accessories students lost during the 2017-2018 school year. Of the 2,500 iPads issued last year to middle school students, 26 were lost and another 42 ...

Report: Students have lost more than $120K of district iPads, MacBooks

The district technology director will present the Lawrence school board a report Monday that suggests options that would require middle and high school students to help with the cost of replacing computing devices and accessories they lose. The district has provided iPads to middle school ...

Teacher pay proposals from union, district leaders differ by more than $1 million

Representatives of the Lawrence school district and teachers union left a contract negotiations meeting Thursday with more than $1 million separating their respective salary proposals. The most recent proposal from the Lawrence Education Association, the district’s teachers union, calls for ...

Kansas to cover high school juniors’ ACT exam fees

WICHITA — All Kansas high school juniors will be able to take ACT exams and assessments for free next school year, according to state education officials. Department of Education spokeswoman Denise Kahler told The Wichita Eagle that the free tests are being financed through additional ...

School board to consider approving budget for publication at special meeting

The Lawrence school board will have a special meeting at 7 p.m. Monday to consider approving the district's 2018-2019 budget for publication. If the board approves publication of the budget in the Journal-World as expected, the action will set a public hearing on the budget for 7 p.m. Aug. ...

Tight labor market making it more difficult for Lawrence schools to fill positions

A tight job market is making it harder for the Lawrence school district to fill vacant food-service, custodial and paraprofessional positions before school starts in three weeks, said David Cunningham, the district's executive director of human resources and its chief legal counsel. On Tuesday ...

Lawrence school board told 2018-2019 mill levy to decrease

Taxpayers could see nearly a 1-mill break next school year, according to Kathy Johnson, who presented the Lawrence school board an estimate of the district’s 2018-2019 mill levy on Monday. The district's executive director of finances provided that budget estimate along with an update of ...

Lawrence school board looks to make final 2018-2019 priority funding decisions

Now that there is certainty regarding how much money the district will receive for the coming school year, the Lawrence school board on Monday will look to make final funding priorities for the 2018-2019 school year. The board decided in May to hire three new full-time special education ...