K-12 Education

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 ...

Lawrence school board to receive report on 2018 state assessments

District staff will present to the Lawrence school board on Monday the results of state assessments that students took last spring. In a report to the board, Terry McEwen, district director of assessment, research and accountability, wrote that the results will reflect math, English language ...

Hillcrest Elementary earns U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon Award

A small plaque in the principal's office explains why the U.S. Department of Education recognized Lawrence's Hillcrest Elementary as a 2018 National Blue Ribbon School, Hillcrest Principal Tammy Becker said. The plaque reads "Teamwork (noun): The collaborative action of a group, especially ...

District approves fundraising effort for mural at Billy Mills Middle School

The Lawrence school district has approved a fundraising effort for a mural to be painted in the Billy Mills Middle School commons. The mural is to help commemorate the renaming of South Middle School for Mills, the former Haskell Institute and University of Kansas student and 1964 Olympic ...

Lawrence Lions Alumni Association to induct 3 into Hall of Honor

The Lawrence Lions Alumni Association will induct three Lawrence High School alumni into the school's Hall of Honor this year. Those inductees include a pioneer in computer graphics, a leader in international public health initiatives and a public relations executive. The ceremony is slated ...

Lawrence school board approves $43.5M bond sale

The Lawrence school board approved a $43.5 million bond sale Monday, for an interest rate to the district of 3.45 percent. David Arteberry, of the district bond consulting firm George K. Baum, said the low bidder for the $43.5 million in 20-year bonds offered at noon Monday was Mesirow ...