University of Kansas Chancellor Douglas Girod, right, speaks to students during KU's Multicultural Student Government "Straight Talk" program on Thursday, Oct. 5 at the Kansas Union. MSG chief of staff Andrew Davis, left, served as moderator of the forum, which focused on retention rates.
Fifth-grade teacher — and new dad — Brandon Daley gets a congratulatory snuggle from his one-month-old daughter, Wren, after receiving the Lawrence district's Horizon Award on Friday at Woodlawn Elementary School. The annual award, which comes with a $250 check from Truity Credit Union, is given to outstanding novice educators in their second year of teaching. Also pictured: interim superintendent Anna Stubblefield, left, and Tim Mock of Truity Credit Union. Daley joined the Woodlawn teaching staff last year after completing his student teaching at Sunflower Elementary.
Hamilton Lewis, a 2005 graduate of Free State High School, speaks to a packed ballroom Friday, Sept. 15, at the Lawrence Schools Foundation's annual community breakfast at the Doubletree by Hilton hotel, 200 McDonald Drive. Lewis, who grew up dreaming about the worlds in his favorite sci-fi movies, now works as a senior pre-visualization artist at The Third Floor, Inc. in Los Angeles, and in the past has worked for DreamWorks Animation.
The former Epsilon Beta chapter of Alpha Gamma Delta sorority, located at 1100 Indiana St., is pictured Friday, Aug. 25, 2017.
Katy Townley, left, helps her 3-year-old daughter Livia pick out an apple Thursday, June 15, 2017, during lunchtime at the Lawrence Public Library's "Fuel Up 4 Summer" site. The library, 707 Vermont St., is one of several sites for Fuel Up 4 Summer, which offers free meals for kids between the ages of 1 and 18 during the summer months.
Jama Mustain, left, coaches two of her Aquahawks swimmers during practice on June 8, 2017, at the Lawrence Indoor Aquatic Center. Mustain, who teaches second grade at Langston Hughes Elementary School, spends about 30 to 35 hours a week during the summer working as a swim coach and instructor.
Audience members watch on during a special school board meeting Wednesday, May 17, 2017, at the district offices. The meeting was held to discuss the potential salary and contract of Kyle Hayden, the district's superintendent, who will transfer to a new role as chief operations officer starting this summer, pending board approval.
Free State High School teacher Stuart Strecker reaches over to hug his wife, Lori Strecker, after receiving the Lawrence Schools Foundation's $10,000 "Bobs Award" for excellence in teaching. Strecker was presented the award Tuesday at Free State by Dena Jonhston, executive director of the foundation, far left, and Scott Morgan, president of the foundation's board of directors, far right.
The Lawrence school board is pictured here on April 10, 2017, at the district offices, 110 McDonald Drive.
School board member Melissa Johnson, left, is sworn into office by County Clerk Jamie Shew on Monday, April 10, during that evening's school board meeting at district offices, 110 McDonald Drive.
Newly appointed school board member Melissa Johnson, center, talks with school board member Jessica Beeson, left, and school board vice president Shannon Kimball, right, after her appointment to the board on Monday, March 27. Johnson, a teacher and mother of three, will begin her term with an official swearing-in at the board's April 10 meeting, slated for 7 p.m. at the district offices at 110 McDonald Drive.
Melissa Johnson, right, receives a congratulatory hug from Margaret Weisbrod Morris, left, after being unanimously appointed to the Lawrence school board on Monday, March 27. Both were candidates for the seat vacated by Kristie Adair last month.
Gia Mickle, 7, looks for the perfect pocket to slip in one of her art pieces during a trip to Arizona Trading Co., 736 Massachusetts St., on Thursday, March 23, 2017. Mickle, aka "Foxie," is one of several young artists taking part in this week's "Guerrilla Art" camp for elementary students at the Lawrence Arts Center.
Jack Hood, left, Lawrence Public Schools' 2017 Secondary Teacher of the Year, poses with his $1,000 check and Tim Mock, right, Truity Credit Union's business development officer, during the Teacher of the Year ceremony Wednesday at Lawrence High School. Superintendent Kyle Hayden surprised Hood, a history and economics teacher at LHS, with the district's annual award that morning.
More than 70 people attend a talk on racial equity in Lawrence public schools, “Fixing Lawrence’s Achievement Gap,” at the Lawrence Public Library on Tuesday.
Abdullah Ahmed, an eighth-grader at Southwest Middle School, explains the layout of a re-imagined Jakarta he helped build as part of his school's eighth-grade Future City team, on Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017.
"The Convent," a former Sisters of Charity convent owned by St. John the Evangelist Catholic Parish, rests on steel support beams after being moved down the street by construction workers on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017. The old house, now located at 1229 Vermont St., was moved from its original location near 12th and Kentucky streets to make way for St. John Catholic School's new gymnasium. The project is the first of the school's upcoming $3.3 million renovation, slated for completion by winter 2017.
Schwegler Elementary School fifth-graders and Woodlawn Elementary School first-graders answer the question, "What's your New Year's resolution for 2017?"
Schwegler Elementary School fifth-grader Desmond Pemberton
Schwegler Elementary School fifth-grader Ruby Hoffer