K-12 Education

Lawrence school board likely won’t support metal detectors in schools

District staff is still researching some potential security measures to improve school safety, but some board members have already made it clear that staff shouldn’t waste too much time on metal detectors. Ron May, director of operations, gave the board a presentation on safety and security ...

Lawrence school board to hear update on safety, security

A presentation on active shooter training, building security, mental health and social/emotional supports tops the Lawrence school board’s agenda for its Monday meeting. According to a board agenda item, Ron May, district director of operations, and Jose Cornejo, mental health facilitator, ...

Kansas law will reduce number of safety drills in schools

WICHITA — A new Kansas law will reduce the number of required safety drills in public and private schools only a year after lawmakers mandated crisis drills to prepare students for active shooters and other threats. Wichita public radio station KMUW reports that the measure recently signed ...

‘I wanted to prove people wrong’: Hard work paying off for young female wrestler

Madyson Gray’s first wrestling season was spent, as her dad puts it, “basically getting her head pounded into the mat relentlessly.” She lost almost every match. “It hurt to watch, you know?” Darin Gray said. “I thought she was done.” But Mady didn’t want to quit and find a ...

Lawrence schools approved to participate in state’s redesign project

The Lawrence school district has been approved to participate in the Kansas State Department of Education’s redesign project, the district announced Tuesday. Teachers at Broken Arrow, Deerfield and Hillcrest elementaries and Free State High School voted in March to apply for the Apollo ...

Lawyers for Kansas defend new school funding law, citing broad support

TOPEKA — Lawyers for Kansas told the state Supreme Court on Monday that it should sign off on a new law boosting spending on public schools and end a protracted education funding lawsuit partly because the law has broad, bipartisan support. Attorney General Derek Schmidt, a Republican, filed ...

Eudora city, school district agree to add 2nd police officer to school beat

The Eudora City Commission and school district have agreed to address the top safety concern of parents of Eudora students. Eudora Mayor Tim Reazin said that district parents identified the need for a greater police presence in Eudora schools as their top safety concern in meetings the ...

Photos: Titanic discoverer Robert Ballard visits Lawrence schools

Ocean explorer Robert Ballard, who is most famous for discovering the wreckage of the Titanic, on Tuesday visited West Middle School, Liberty Memorial Central Middle School and Lawrence High School. Ballard, who was born in Kansas, spoke to the students about his career and answered questions ...

$3.85M boost in funding from Legislature offset by Lawrence schools’ needs

The school finance bill that the Kansas Legislature passed and Gov. Laura Kelly signed on Saturday would add about $3.85 million to the Lawrence school district’s funding next year. However, Kathy Johnson, the district’s executive director of finance, told the school board Monday evening ...

Lawrence school board to kick off budget season with update on school finance bill

The Kansas Legislature approved Gov. Laura Kelly’s school finance plan just in time for Kathy Johnson, the Lawrence school district’s executive director of finance, to provide a budget update to the school board on Monday. It’s still uncertain whether the plan, which the House approved ...

Culture shift in Lawrence schools could change discipline, conflict resolution

Superintendent Anthony Lewis said he was instrumental in bringing restorative practices to Kansas City (Mo.) Public Schools, where he was an assistant superintendent prior to coming to Lawrence in July. In the KCMO district, Lewis said, the superintendent and cabinet went through a two-day ...

Billy Mills Middle School names new assistant principal

Carissa Miles, an AVID coordinator, teacher and strategies instructor at West Middle School, has been named Billy Mills Middle School’s new assistant principal, the Lawrence school district announced in a release. AVID, or Advancement via Individual Determination, is a district program and ...

Heffernan to return to teaching role at Free State; will still coach cross-country

Free State High School Associate Principal Steve Heffernan plans to return to a teaching position for the 2019-2020 school year, the Lawrence school district announced in a news release Wednesday. He’ll also continue to coach cross-country. High school administrators can no longer serve ...

Liberty Memorial Central Middle School assistant principal to resign this summer

Barbara Williams, assistant principal at Liberty Memorial Central Middle School, plans to resign effective June 30 to “pursue other professional opportunities,” according to a news release from the school district. Williams served as a teacher, learning coach and coordinator for AVID, ...