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Lawrence High School teacher wins KU education award

Rochelle Valverde

Emily Roberts may have graduated from Lawrence High School four years ago, but as she approached her college graduation, a teacher she had at LHS was still on her mind. Roberts nominated her high school English teacher William Patterson for the Wolfe Teaching Excellence Award given by the Kansas University ...

Kindergarten Roundup for Lawrence public schools to start next week

Rochelle Valverde

It’s nearing time for the class of 2029 to start kindergarten, and the Lawrence public school district will begin hosting “Kindergarten Roundups” next week. Roundups will be held at the district’s 14 elementary schools throughout April and May, with the first to be held at Langston Hughes Elementary School on ...

Cans for the Community collections to benefit Lawrence public schools

Rochelle Valverde

Lawrence-based nonprofit Cans for the Community will be raising money to benefit the Lawrence school district next month. Starting April 1, the organization will begin its 5,000-Pound Can Challenge, the goal of which is to collect 5,000 pounds — the equivalent of about 165,000 cans — of aluminum cans before ...

BrainFood book drive collecting donations for low-income elementary students

Rochelle Valverde

There is still some time to donate new and gently used books to low-income elementary school children in Lawrence. Several schools in town — including St. John’s Catholic School, Deerfield, Lawrence and Free State high schools, and Central, Southwest, and West middle schools — have been collecting books for the ...

New exhibit at Watkins Museum of History features art by Lawrence high school students

Rochelle Valverde

Art that Lawrence high school students made using repurposed materials will be part of an exhibit opening Friday at Watkins Museum of History, 1047 Massachusetts St. The show, Effecting Change, will feature work created by the youth art collective Hang-12. Hang-12 is sponsored by the Lawrence Arts Center, and the ...

Compromise reached on closure of Pinckney Elementary School tunnel during construction

Rochelle Valverde

Construction at Pinckney Elementary begins this summer, and the Lawrence school district, Pinckney neighborhood and city have reached an agreement regarding access to the Pinckney tunnel during the yearlong project. The pedestrian tunnel runs north to south beneath Sixth Street, allowing people to cross underneath the high-traffic street. Originally, the ...

Lawrence Boys & Girls Club member honored at Statehouse

Rochelle Valverde

A Lawrence teen was recognized at the Kansas Statehouse this week. After [winning Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence Youth of the Year competition][1], Jazmyne McNair went on to win the state competition in March. McNair was recognized on the floor of the House and the Senate on Monday, according ...

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 ...

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