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Mary Loveland - Boundary Issues

The Lawrence Journal World article, "SCHOOL BOARD PRESIDENT MARY LOVELAND EXPLAINS HOW HER DAUGHTER BECAME A RESIDENT OF THE FREE STATE HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT" explains Loveland's actions to ensure school choice for her daughter and provides source for this writing.


Aidan Loveland expected to be a senior at the new Free State High School in 1997. The Lovelands resided at 3108 Campfire Court at the beginning of Aidan's sophomore year. Her mother, Mary Loveland, was the School Board President and was on the District's boundary committee. Loveland's committee drew the new High School boundaries splitting Lawrence down the middle of "15th Street -- in Lawrence and the equivalent of 15th Street, extended, to the ends of the district.” Loveland claims that she did not understand the new boundaries. This was unfortunate because Dr. Guy Charles Loveland and Mary Loveland's new home located at 747 N 1500 Road was in the Lawrence High School (LHS) area. The family moved to their new country home, located on the south side of 1500 Road, in December 1995, two years before Free State opened.

Aidan was notified that since she no longer lived in the Free State district that she would need to register at LHS for her senior year. In addition to the frustration caused by the district, Aidan had to endure vandalism to her car while parked at LHS and “a lot of negative and frightening experiences.” These were experiences with which the Lovelands had become familiar. A 1995 article "S Life" reveals that Meredith Loveland, Aidan's older sister, had been confronted by students in the LHS parking lot in 1990. They accused Meredith of being a traitor because of her mother's support for a new high school; additionally, “They facetiously forgave her for being Loveland's daughter.”

Dr. Loveland re-registered Aidan using the business address of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine (PANDA), 346 Maine Street. The PANDA group, in addition to Charles Loveland includes: Dr. Terrance Riordan, Dr. Beth Rundquist, Dr. Marshall Kelley, and Dr. Anne VanGarsse. The property, registered to J & S Holdings, LLC, is zoned for commercial; not residential use. Mary Loveland confirmed that the address was used temporarily (for one week) until a valid residence north of 15th street could be located.

Mary Loveland, demonstrating neighborhood school support, and doing her part "to balance socio-economic and other population profiles between the two schools," purchased a second home, a townhouse in West Lawrence located within the Free State High School Boundary, so that her daughter could attend the high school of her choice. The Loveland's son, Douglas, a super senior attending the University of Kansas, moved into the house with his sister. Few in the community could go to such a personal expense to ensure school choice. Even fewer would risk the accusations associated with the controversial act. And only a truly committed parent would involve their medical practice in a questionable school registration.

Loveland needs to remember the extreme measures that she took to enroll her child in the school of her choice as she is called upon to consider High School boundary changes and elementary school task force recommendations. Unlike Loveland, many of the district's patrons can not afford to buy a second house near a new school. School choice was made with their primary home purchase.

As touching as this story is, it does raise some concerns about a serving member of the School Board.

First, Loveland was on the boundary committee. Yet, she did not understand the work that was performed by that committee. That should be a concern for all voters; the expectation is that Board Members should understand the limitations and requirements that they impose on school patrons.

Second, Loveland, after several terms on the Board seemed to have no understanding of residency requirements. As stated by former Board Member Tom Murray, "While I am not personally familiar with the facts involved in the Lovelands' situation, it was clearly the intent of the board both before and after the 1994 bond election, that if the parents' or guardians' actual residence was south of 15th Street, the child would attend Lawrence High School, and vice versa," It is clear that Loveland did not follow the intent of the Board.

Third, the use of the PANDA office, which clearly was not the family residence, was wrong. It may not have been illegal. It may not have been fraud. It was however, ethically wrong.

Fourth, this past winter and spring, Loveland was an outspoken proponent of closing neighborhood elementary schools during budget discussions. Eventually, she joined the rest of the Board and decided against closing schools in favor of broader budget cuts. Yet, even while voting to temporarily save neighborhood schools, Loveland knew the devastating effect that moving sixth grade to the middle schools would have on smaller elementary schools. This move will significantly reduce enrollment in the smaller schools further damaging their ability to operate efficiently. Loveland has been in favor of closing smaller schools and struggling to move 6th grade to middle school since 1993. Loveland is reminded that all parents want the same choice that she was compelled to make for her daughter: the ability to have their children attend the school of their choice.

Finally, and to bring this full circle, Mary Loveland is once again involved in discussions of changing high school boundaries. Loveland has already demonstrated an inability to comprehend the effects of boundary changes and should recuse herself from these discussions.

Yet, if balancing "socio-economic and other population profiles between the two schools," is the real goal - maybe Mary will buy all students who have negative and frightening experiences (such as having to attend Lawrence High School) a house on the right side of the tracks.



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Lou Perkins: KU’s Mile High Club

Mile High Club

Lou Perkins once again finds himself in the middle of a controversy. This time he has been singled out as a big spender of KU funds in order to be a member of the jet set. The Lawrence Journal World story, Report: Perkins spendy traveler, reports that, "Perkins uses planes owned by Tim Fritzel, a major donor, and Ren Newcomer, both of whom give at least $50,000 a year to the Williams Educational Fund."

Exclusive membership in Kansas University Athletic Department's Mile High Club is limited to mile high donors and recipients.

Exclusive membership in Kansas University Athletic Department's Mile High Club is limited to mile high donors and recipients. by Benjamin Roberts


Those wishing to join Perkins, Fritzel, and Newcomer in the exclusive KU Mile High Club may make a donation of at least $50,000 to the Williams Educational Fund. And, by the way... Bring your own jet plane!



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The Clouse-Mandell Summit

Lawrence-Douglas County Firefighter Daniel Clouse has been cited for battery after an argument with Lawrence resident Bob Mandell.

In short, Daniel Clouse was offended that Bob Mandell did not remove his hat during the band's playing of the National Anthem. Clouse told Mandell of the offense and informed him of protocol. Mandell agreed and stated that he had simply forgot. A bystander told Clouse that "now is not the time or place," and Clouse went back to his seat.

The rub comes in the rub. There is a discrepency in the accounts of how Clouse obtained the attention of Mandell. Clouse claims that he touched Mandell on the shoulder. Mandell claims that Clouse applied excessive force to Mandell's neck; thus, the charge of battery.

Now the County will suffer the cost. This has a good chance of going to trial. Clouse will present several witnesses stating that there was no battery; simply a touch to get attention. Mandell will present witnesses buttressing his claim of painful pressure. Regardless of who wins in court; all participants will be losers - and will appear as such.

Daniel Clouse, in this action you come off as a bully. Bob Mandell, you come off as a tattle-tale.

Mr. Mandell and Mr. Clouse, please save the City and County the cost of a frivolous trial. This is a moment for a Beer Summit. Both of you, please, man-up and work this out - outside of the courtroom.

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