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Board revises calendar for 2013-14 and 2014-15 school years

Peter Hancock

I can remember thinking as a kid that there must be some divine order to the way school calendars are constructed — the way Easter comes on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the vernal equinox ... or Election Day coming on the first Tuesday after the ...

More districts pass school bonds; more elections in June

Peter Hancock

On Wednesday, I reported about a number of school districts other than Lawrence where voters decided on bond issues this week. Late in the day, we received an even longer list from the Kansas State Department of Education. From that list - which includes only those districts that had to ...

School bond issues have been popular in recent Kansas elections

Peter Hancock

Lawrence wasn't the only school district in Kansas to pass a bond issue Tuesday night, and the 72 percent margin by which it passed wasn't the widest by any means. In fact, school bond elections appear to have been popular with voters in the last several months. According to a ...

Preschool enrollment; kindergarten roundup

Peter Hancock

Enrollment for the Lawrence school district's preschool program at Kennedy School, 1605 Davis Rd., is under way this week. To be eligible for the program, children must be 4 years old on or before Aug. 31, 2013. The preschool program is free for families who are eligible for the free ...

Middle school dance canceled due to KU basketball

Peter Hancock

For anyone who still doubts that Lawrence is nuts about Jayhawk basketball, there is this bit of news: South Middle School has postponed a dance that was scheduled for Friday evening because it conflicts with the Sweet 16 game between Kansas and Michigan. Julie Rea, the school secretary at South, ...

Public must wait for finance reports in school elections

Peter Hancock

Although candidates and political action committees active in the Lawrence city commission races have filed campaign finance statements, the public will have to wait until December to learn who is contributing to school board candidates and a campaign promoting the district's $92.5 million bond proposal. Benjamin Lampe, deputy of elections ...

ALEC-based charter school bill getting second chance

Peter Hancock

Lawrence schools are on spring break this week, a fact that sparked some fear in the newsroom that there wouldn't be much education news for a few days. But Kansas lawmakers appear to be picking up the slack. Specifically, the Kansas Senate Education Committee worked through a pile of bills ...

Board's Finance Advisory Council to remain 'advisory' for now

Peter Hancock

One of the first things an outside observer notices about the political culture in Lawrence is that besides having the standard set of local units of government — a county commission, a city government and local school board — this town has an abundance of volunteer "citizens advisory committees" that ...

Forensics participants continue winning ways

Peter Hancock

Lauren Pauls, the Lawrence High School senior pushing to become the school's all-time National Forensics League point earner, continued her winning streak this weekend with three more first-place finishes at the Shawnee Mission East Invitational. Pauls won first place in original oratory and informative speaking, two events in which she ...

Lawrence district produces video about bond issue

Peter Hancock

The Lawrence school district has produced a short video explaining its rationale for asking voters to approve a $92.5 million bond issue next month. The 71-second video is [posted on the district's website][1]. And while it does not expressly advocate for passage of the bond issue, it does contain a ...

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