Lawrence school board to discuss high school course offerings for next school year

photo by: Dylan Lysen/Lawrence Journal-World

Lawrence Public Schools district offices pictured in April 2021.

Lawrence school board leaders will soon consider a revised curriculum schedule and potential changes to high school course offerings.

As part of its meeting Monday, the Lawrence school board will consider adopting a revised curriculum review schedule and the high school course description book for next school year, “including course deletions, additions and changes,” according to the board’s meeting agenda.

A district staff memo to the board states that administrators in the district’s curriculum, instruction and assessment department recommend the board approve the updated curriculum review schedule and the course additions, deletions and changes. As of 5 p.m. Friday, the curriculum report was not yet attached to the board’s agenda, so no further details were available about what, if any, course changes administrators were recommending.

Background information included with the memo states that the report will include an overview of the district’s curriculum review process, progress updates for different grade levels and content areas, and an update to the five-year schedule for future curriculum and instructional resource review.

The memo also gives an overview of the process for considering course additions or changes. The memo states any student, community stakeholder, faculty member, or curriculum committee may propose a course addition or change. The district’s Curriculum and Instruction Team receives those requests, which begins a review process that allows for input and initial approval or results in the request going back to committees for review and revision. Courses approved through this process are then brought to high school principals for feedback, and then to the school board for consideration and ultimate approval.

The Lawrence school board will convene at 6 p.m. Monday at school district offices, 110 McDonald Drive.

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