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Regular public commenter Chris Flowers files to run for Lawrence City Commission

Regular public commenter Chris Flowers has filed to run for the Lawrence City Commission. Flowers, who grew up in Plainville, moved to Lawrence in 1999 to attend the University of Kansas. Flowers has regularly attended City Commission meetings for the past few years, where he frequently makes public comment. Flowers, who ran unsuccessfully in 2021, said he was motivated to run again after a recent commission ...

Lawrence school district could see up to $9M more next year from cuts, state money and taxes, but expenses are on the rise

The Lawrence school district will have about $7.8 million more in funding for the upcoming school year — about half from budget cuts and half from additional state funding — with the possibility of adding another $1.2 million to that figure. Coming months will see just how district leadership will spend those new funds. The Lawrence school board received an update on district finances as part of its ...

'This marker speaks the truth': Community gathers to remember 14-year-old Black girl imprisoned after her 1882 rape

Near the site of where a 14-year-old Black girl was falsely convicted of crimes against her rapist, a marker now stands. What it stands for is many-fold: the sexual violence that Black women and girls suffered at the hands of white men, the further victimization from an unjust justice system, and ultimately, the tragic story of a girl known as Sis that for many years went untold. At a dedication for the ...

Lawrence school board to receive budget update, discuss pending wage increases for teachers and staff

The Lawrence school board will soon receive a budget update and meet in executive session to discuss pending wage increases for the district’s teachers and staff. As part of its meeting Monday, Cynde Frick, the district’s executive director of finance, will provide a budget update to the school board. A memo to the board states that the update will include the 2022-2023 Kansas State Department of Education ...

Software developer and current Lawrence school board member Ronald 'GR' Gordon-Ross files for election

Software developer and current Lawrence school board member Ronald “G.R.” Gordon-Ross has filed for election to the school board. Gordon-Ross, who previously served on the board and was appointed last year to fill a vacant seat, said that he thinks he has insight and knowledge that can help the board as it continues to respond to enrollment declines in the district. “Everything we do should lay a ...

Lawrence City Commission will not meet on Tuesday, June 13

The Lawrence City Commission will not meet for its regularly scheduled meeting this coming Tuesday. The commission typically meets the first three Tuesdays of the month, but last month voted to cancel the June 13 meeting because two members of the governing body, Mayor Lisa Larsen and Commissioner Amber Sellers, will not be present for the meeting. Both will be attending conferences next week. Larsen will be ...