Joanna Hlavacek (K-12 education reporter)

Joanna Hlavacek is the K-12 education reporter for the Lawrence Journal-World.

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The EEEC, a 141,000-square-foot project, will bring several geology labs and classrooms currently spread across Lindley, Nichols and Moore halls and the Multidisciplinary Research Building under one roof. Joining them will be related chemical and petroleum engineering spaces, namely those related to the oil and gas industry. The EEEC’s design features lots of glass, atriums and collaboration spaces envisioned for students, faculty and industry professionals to come together.

School board members Jill Fincher, second from right, and Vanessa Sanburn, far right, discuss concerns surrounding bullying, safety and mental health with community members during the Lawrence school district's Community Conversation event Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017. The public event, which encouraged parents, staff and other stakeholders to discuss education issues with school board and district representatives, was held at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St.

Three-year-old Henry Hout, wearing a turkey hat he just constructed, pets Tom the turkey during Turkey Time on Tuesday, Nov. 21, at Prairie Park Nature Center, 2730 Harper St. Two turkeys, a male named Tom and a female named Jenny, were introduced to the children. They are the pets of Dara Wilson, a naturalist at the nature center.

Four-year-old Amelia Meyer, Lawrence, tries to draw the attention of Tom the turkey during Turkey Time Tuesday, Nov. 21, at Prairie Park Nature Center, 2730 Harper St.

Jay Pryor speaks to an audience of students, parents, staff and community members Wednesday night at Lawrence High School while Stephanie Mott, seated, watches on. Pryor, of Lawrence, and Mott, of Topeka, visited the school Wednesday to share their experiences growing up transgender in an effort to raise awareness of LGBTQ-plus issues facing those in the Lawrence community.

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