Joanna Hlavacek (K-12 education reporter)

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

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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.

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