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Proposed Westar Energy plan would mean higher fees for Lawrence school district

Rochelle Valverde

A proposed Westar Energy rate plan would increase energy transmission charges for school districts by 29 percent. That rate increase would amount to more than $37,000 per year for the Lawrence school district, according to Kathy Johnson, director of finance for the district. Johnson explained via email that the transmission ...

Several Lawrence chess teams win big at state tournament

Rochelle Valverde

Some Lawrence students will be bringing trophies back to school as they return from spring break. At each level of the Kansas Scholastic Chess Association state tournament — elementary, middle and high school — Lawrence students earned either first or second place. Students from Quail Run Elementary placed second in ...

Lawrence school board member Kris Adair to take 'less active role' in coming months to focus on her business

Rochelle Valverde

Lawrence school board member Kris Adair said she will be “taking a less active role" on the school board through May. Adair did not participate in semifinalist interviews, finalist interviews or the final vote for the Lawrence school district’s new superintendent. District spokeswoman Julie Boyle said last week that Adair’s ...

'Rally for Public Education' to be held on Saturday

Rochelle Valverde

Educate Lawrence, a local public education advocacy group, is hosting a rally in South Park on Saturday. The second annual “Rally for Public Education” will begin at 12:30 p.m. Participants will welcome those walking from Kansas City to Topeka to raise awareness of funding and policy issues affecting Kansas public ...

Lawrence organizations holding a variety of camps for spring break

Rochelle Valverde

All grade levels of Lawrence Public Schools will be closed next week for spring break, and several organizations around town are offering activities ranging from Legos to rock-n-roll to keep kids busy. Middle and high school students also have no school this Friday, but school is in session that day ...

Lawrence Schools Foundation celebrating 30th anniversary

Rochelle Valverde

A charity that benefits the Lawrence school district is holding an open house Tuesday to celebrate its 30th anniversary. The Lawrence Schools Foundation raises money to benefit educational programs within Lawrence public schools. The event will run from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the district’s recently opened Lawrence College ...

Disc golf course for kids in the works

Rochelle Valverde

Lawrence will soon have a disc golf course more fitting for kids and families. The Quail Run Elementary School PTO raised funds to purchase the disc golf course for the school grounds, located at 1130 Inverness Drive. The course will be open to the public after school hours. The course ...

See/Saw Festival to include youth events at Lawrence Public Library

Rochelle Valverde

This weekend’s See/Saw Festival will screen about a dozen films, including several for children and teens. The festival — a project of Kansas University Professionals for Inclusion and Social Justice in the KU Department of Special Education — sets out to encourage dialogue about borders, both physical and personal, according ...

Lawrence teacher selected for statewide teaching award

Rochelle Valverde

A Lawrence High School teacher has been named a Kansas Master Teacher. Keri Lauxman, who teaches English at LHS, is one of seven members of the 2016 class of Kansas Master Teachers announced Wednesday. The award is presented annually by Emporia State University “to teachers who have served the profession ...

Lawrence school district prepares to launch first openly sourced class

Rochelle Valverde

Several district administrators and teachers participated in a conference on open source material in education last week as the district prepares to roll out its first class using only open sources. The conference was part of a U.S. Department of Education campaign, #GoOpen, to encourage states, school districts and educators ...

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