K-12 Education

Community engagement director files for Lawrence school board

The community engagement and volunteer director for the United Way of Douglas County has filed to run for the Lawrence school board. Paula Smith said she believed her experience, both in her career and as a parent, would be beneficial to the board. She wants to improve outcomes for all ...

Middle schools want to add 2 sports; Lawrence school board to consider

Lawrence middle school athletic directors and coaches are asking the district to bring back one sport and add another, according to information in the school board’s meeting agenda. The district cut the middle school athletics budget in the 2002-2003 year, according to the agenda materials. ...

Advocate for education, equity files for Lawrence school board

A Lawrence activist who has championed causes including education, civic engagement and health care has filed to run for the Lawrence school board. Thea Perry, 37, said that in addition to meeting the needs of all students and closing achievement and discipline gaps for underserved ...

Lawrence school board member with background in education law files for reelection

Shannon Kimball is seeking her third term as a member of the Lawrence school board — an office she’d like to hold alongside her upcoming role as president of the Kansas Association of School Boards. Kimball began her first term in July 2011. She said some of her proudest accomplishments ...

Bishop Seabury graduates 28 seniors with more than $6.4M in scholarship offers

Bishop Seabury Academy sent off its Class of 2019 at the school's commencement ceremony Friday morning. The class includes 28 seniors who, between them, have received more than $6.4 million worth of scholarship offers, a school spokeswoman said. Margie Lawrence, media coordinator for the ...

Free State High School graduates special in many ways, speakers say

As he lined up Wednesday with his Free State High School classmates minutes before their commencement procession in Allen Fieldhouse, Oliver Kapfer was momentarily stumped when asked what made the school’s class of 2019 special. “Me,” he finally answered. “It’s special to me because ...

Teen who took handgun to Lawrence High School convicted

Story updated at 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 22, 2019: A teen who took a handgun to Lawrence High School in February has been convicted of a misdemeanor crime in connection with the incident. The teen pleaded no contest to criminal use of weapons on Wednesday in Douglas County District Court, ...

Free State High graduation ceremony moved to Allen Fieldhouse

The threat of more rain Wednesday night will force Free State High School's graduation ceremony to move indoors. The ceremony, which begins at 7 p.m., will be held at Allen Fieldhouse on the campus of the University of Kansas, the Lawrence school district announced just after noon Wednesday. ...

Lawrence High graduation ceremony moved to Allen Fieldhouse

A soggy start to the week will force Lawrence High School's graduation ceremony to move indoors Tuesday night. The ceremony, which begins at 7 p.m., will be held at Allen Fieldhouse on the campus of the University of Kansas, the Lawrence school district announced Tuesday morning. Doors will ...

Where are they now? Checking up on the 2009 Academic All-Stars

Each year, the Journal-World reaches out to the Academic All-Stars from 10 years ago to see what they've been up to since high school. Here's what the members of the 2009 class told us via email: Jacob Rhodes When Jacob Rhodes graduated from Oskaloosa High School in 2009, he hadn't yet ...

Meet the 2019 Academic All-Star finalists

Every year since 1997, the Journal-World has invited administrators and counselors from public and private high schools in the Lawrence area to nominate their most outstanding seniors for the Journal-World’s Academic All-Star team. As in previous years, a panel of three judges reviewed ...

Longtime Schwegler Elementary teacher wins annual Bobs Award

Susan Lomshek, a third grade teacher at Schwegler Elementary School, is the 2019 Bobs Award winner, the Lawrence Schools Foundation announced in a news release Thursday. Lomshek has taught at Schwegler for 29 years, following her parents’ footsteps into the profession, according to the ...

Free State takes 1st overall in state speech tournament; Lawrence High finishes 4th

The Free State Firebirds are state champions in speech and forensics — for the first time in the school’s history, according to the team’s coach. Lawrence High School came in fourth place overall at the state championship. Free State coach Kelly Thompson told the Journal-World via ...