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Should 15th Street continue to be the dividing line between Lawrence High and Free State High?

Response Percent Votes
Yes
 
41% 284
No
 
35% 242
I’m not sure
 
22% 155
Total 681

Comments

sallyone 2 years, 10 months ago

The dividing line should be Iowa st. or prehaps Kasold.

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obsessedjayhawk 2 years, 10 months ago

I think that they should divide the town by where YOU live. If you live on Wakarusa, wouldn't it just be easier to drive down Wakarusa to Freestate? In the situation of the junior highs, oh excuse me middle schools, what if you lived in North Lawrence and you went to Central, you had to ride the bus there. In the Central situation, the kids are split in half (well, almost half) to either go to LHS or FSHS. I think that the kids and the parents really should be able to choose the schools that the kids go to.

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Richard Heckler 2 years, 10 months ago

This whole plan of socio-enonomic and ethnic balance by way of school boundaries in Lawrence is nonsense.

Lawrence is sort of that way by choice of the people and their selections in where they live.

It probably is costing USD 497 taxpayers a small fortune in bus expenses. USD 497 is shelling out $4-4.5 million for bus transportation. Is this wise use of our tax dollars?

Children should attend schools closest to homes. Quit closing down schools because it is costing parents and taxpayers wayyyyyyyyy too much money.

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clovis_sangrail 2 years, 10 months ago

What happened? Did some southwest Lawrence parents see their daughter talking to some brown kids?

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mom_of_three 2 years, 10 months ago

keep the dividing line like it is. It seems to keep the equity in check for the most part.

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Clickker 2 years, 10 months ago

My kids went to a grade school that is on the west side of town, then went to SWJH...but we are slightly south of 15th street, behind Corpus Christi, so they have to go 5 miles to school (instead of 1 ) , and away from their grade school friends that they have gone to school with for 9 years. While I am mixed on the 15th street border, it seems that if kids are zoned for a specific grade school, that should be grandfathered to the HS that the majority of the kids are zoned to from that Grade school. It should supercede the boundry line. I would estimate, that with 3 kids having to drive 10 miles/d instead of 2..and going back and forth quite a bid after hrs for Showtime, sports etc, the social gerrymandering has cost me an additional $2900 over the past 5 years vs having them go to the neighborhood HS. Thats not "green" no matter how you look at it.

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bahhumbug 2 years, 10 months ago

I always thought that the current split was ridiculous. I pretty much passed by LHS on my way FS every morning. Kind of silly if you ask me. Splitting by Middle School makes more sense, especially seeing as you wouldn't be splitting up students. They could continue on to a new school with all the people that they've been with for years. This would make the transition so much easier on the students, and they would be more comfortable with the switch to High School.

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jayhawklawrence 2 years, 10 months ago

If you are struggling with your kids it is not the teachers who are at fault.

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jayhawklawrence 2 years, 10 months ago

I don't believe in dramatic change. I believe in incremental change with results that can be measured and good management.

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jayhawklawrence 2 years, 10 months ago

I don't think the current dividing line is too bad. I would recommend only minor adjustments if any. I have two national merit candidates coming out of south and lhs and wonderful music programs.

There are a few teachers that could be better but the overall is probably among the best you will find in Kansas.

I am grateful to many of these incredible teachers.

Lawrence is blessed with many wonderful teachers.

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pace 2 years, 10 months ago

every once in a while the idea is floated, the schools be divided by grad, 9/10 in one and 11/12 in the other. I like that.

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momfromlawrence 2 years, 10 months ago

What if we use Iowa as the dividing line? It isn't close to either school so there isn't a problem with kids living a block away from the school going to the other one. I went to LHS and my kids went to FS. They are both taught the same with excellent teachers. There shouldn't be a problem with rich or poor. All kids are treated the same. It is the students who have the division problem.

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bluefirebird 2 years, 10 months ago

The dividing line should not be changed. I know my parents bought their home on a specific side of town so my brother and I could attend a particular high school and I'm sure they weren't the only parents who did this.

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oneeye_wilbur 2 years, 10 months ago

Why are all of the schools needed anyway since Lawrence is becoming a Retirement Destination for Living the Good Life.

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LadyJ 2 years, 10 months ago

Let them divide it east/west and then eventually they will close down LHS for budget reasons and we will be back to one high school.

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OonlyBonly 2 years, 10 months ago

Doesn't really matter now does it? Loveland got a waiver when they bought a house for their daughter that was out of FS boundaries.

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Richard Heckler 2 years, 10 months ago

Why does USD 497 mandate students living in far east Lawrence attend school in far west Lawrence? This makes zero sense.

In Lawrence,Kansas there is truly no "poor side" of town.

In Lawrence,Kansas there are plenty of college graduates living everywhere.

The appearance of one's home in the lions share of Lawrence,Kansas does not necessarily indicate socioeconomic level/status. There are a small number of snob hill types which make up a minority in Lawrence but are not necessarily any happier or more intelligent.

About the High Schools: Let students choose whichever high school the families agree.

There are a lot empty homes in west Lawrence. Some say there are new homes that which have never been lived in. With the job market that Bush/Cheney left behind plus their fraudulent home loan wreckanomics more vacant homes are likely to appear...according the news accounts. Can we say 11 million on the foreclosure chopping block? And getting worse by the day.

If west side schools are too crowded perhaps parents should bring their students to east side schools otherwise a few movers and shakers will want to increase OUR taxes even more claiming Lawrence does not have enough school buildings = wrong!

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SinoHawk 2 years, 10 months ago

They should divide by middle-school.

South/Southwest=LHS Central/West=FS

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oneeye_wilbur 2 years, 10 months ago

Good cr((&p. how is either school disenfranchised with the amount of money spent on each high school. The students perform no matter where they are.

A diagonal line in Lawrence is the answer. The school board needs to get a map of the city and color out each and every piece of property owned by the city, KU, ku housing, apt complexes predominantly student KU housing, color out Haskell college, all fire stations, hospitals, nursing homes, park land, industrial see what is left. Not Much.

Don't forget to color out the vacant properties, residential and commercial and likewise USD property used for storage and otherwise to include district headquarters, hotels and motels.

Then, using census data and all the other information the city has available it should be very easy to figure out what high school. A diagonal line should have been used a long time ago.

Drive, some say. Take the T. Lawrence needs to get real ini 2011.and quit pretending it is some small european village.

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edjayhawk 2 years, 10 months ago

Doesn't matter anyhow as its not enforced to my knowledge.

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horsegirl 2 years, 10 months ago

It needs to be divided so there is economic equity or close to it, otherwise there will be a "have" and a "have-not" school. And trust me, once that happens all equity in education, opportunities, etc goes out the window. Even now, Free State already gets better facilities because of its benefactors. Having gone to a "poor" school I didn't even know what opportunities were not available in my school until I went to college and talked to others. Not fair. And I know that had an impact on a lot of my fellow classmates who never even attempted to go to college.

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wildcat86 2 years, 10 months ago

No matter where you draw the dividing line kids are still going to have to drive out of their way to go to either school. Just leave the line as it is.

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kernal 2 years, 10 months ago

Why is this question being asked now?

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witchfindergeneral 2 years, 10 months ago

This is tricky--on one hand, the divide makes sense, and I can't think of any viable alternatives. On the other hand, because of this dividing system, I went to Free State although geographically I lived closer to LHS. Believe me, the drive out to west Lawrence every morning was not fun.

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dani36921 2 years, 10 months ago

Those of you saying no, what is a better alternative? Why don't you like 15th?

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