Films, retirements and plants — oh, my!

There’s quite a few events going on in the next few weeks in Lawrence public schools, so I thought I’d put a bug in your ear about some of them.

Tonight at 7 p.m. the Lawrence Boys and Girls Club is hosting a fundraiser/student film premiere of their original work titled “Welcome to L.A.” It’s $5 per person and will be shown at Liberty Hall.

Today is also National Nurses Day. I know I tried to avoid the nurse’s office as much as possible as a kid, but these men and women work hard and try not to let your children get away with faking it. Say thanks.

This Saturday, the Free State High Greenhouse Science Class will be selling the plants and flowers they’ve been growing in the greenhouse on the school’s campus. The sale goes from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will be in the greenhouse, which is on the southwest corner of the campus. It’s the second annual plant sale for Free State.

There have been quite a few administrative and school retirements, so the district will be honoring both with retirement receptions. The first is on May 13 from 4 to 6 p.m. for retiring superintendent Randy Weseman, deputy superintendent Bruce Passman and COO Mary Rodriguez. The public is welcome and refreshments will be served. It will be at district headquarters, 110 McDonald Drive.

The recognition reception for 30 retiring teachers and staff will be on May 20 starting at 4 p.m. It will also be at district headquarters.

And, finally, if you’ve made it this far, the district has prepared a list of potential cuts that could be made if the Kansas state legislature decides to cut the base state aid per pupil again. The public is being asked for their input on what they would cut or would save. Email suggestions to

Whew. Now I just have to prepare myself for the next few weeks of complete business — high school graduation is upon us!