K-12 Education

Lawrence school board approves strategic plan, extends superintendent’s contract

The Lawrence school district now has a strategic plan. The Lawrence school board on Monday unanimously gave final approval to a five-year strategic plan that will kick off during the upcoming 2019-2020 school year. The plan includes five strategic themes that aim to improve academic outcomes ...

City, county and school district leaders resolve to collaborate on equity issues

City, county and school district leaders say they want to work together in their efforts to address equity issues in the community, and they took a first step toward doing so Monday. Elected leaders and officials from the City of Lawrence, Douglas County and the Lawrence school district met ...

Kansas schools address teacher shortage across state

TOPEKA — Kansas education officials are raising pay and fast-tracking various teaching professionals in a two-pronged effort aimed at combating teacher shortages. Last year, Kansas schools had more than 600 vacant positions, many in rural areas and the state’s most urban districts. Low pay ...

Lawrence school board to consider extending superintendent’s contract

The Lawrence school board at its Monday meeting will consider extending Superintendent Anthony Lewis’ contract. Lewis has served as the superintendent since July 2018. The board will evaluate Lewis’ performance during his first year in charge of the district, then will consider extending ...

Kansas Supreme Court finds new K-12 education funding law constitutional

Updated at 5:31 p.m. Friday The Kansas Supreme Court ruled Friday that the state’s newest education funding plan is constitutional, seemingly bringing an end to an almost decade-long fight over the adequacy of K-12 funding. But the justices are refusing to relinquish jurisdiction over the ...

Kansas education officials vote to launch anti-vaping campaign

TOPEKA — Kansas officials want to put the brakes on vaping in public schools as usage soars. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the Kansas State Board of Education voted unanimously Tuesday to launch an anti-vaping campaign. Officials say local school boards need to amend student codes ...

3 Lawrence school board incumbents won’t run for reelection

Three of four incumbent members of the Lawrence school board whose terms are expiring will not run for reelection this year. The four-year terms of Board President Jessica Beeson and board members Jill Fincher, Rick Ingram and Shannon Kimball will end in January. Kimball, the only incumbent ...

Foundation manager, advocate for health equity files for Lawrence school board

A local proponent of equity in the field of health care has filed to run for the Lawrence school board. Erica Hill, 39, is finance and operations manager for the LMH Health Foundation and health equity advocate with LMH Health. She said she wants to address district issues and policies ...

Lawrence high schools offer to restore photos damaged in storm

Emerging from his basement to find large portions of his home destroyed by an EF-4 tornado, Lawrence High School senior Daniel Davidson notified his yearbook teacher, Barbara Tholen, that he would be unable to help finish the spring section. While brainstorming how to help Davidson, Tholen said ...

Community engagement director files for Lawrence school board

The community engagement and volunteer director for the United Way of Douglas County has filed to run for the Lawrence school board. Paula Smith said she believed her experience, both in her career and as a parent, would be beneficial to the board. She wants to improve outcomes for all ...

Middle schools want to add 2 sports; Lawrence school board to consider

Lawrence middle school athletic directors and coaches are asking the district to bring back one sport and add another, according to information in the school board’s meeting agenda. The district cut the middle school athletics budget in the 2002-2003 year, according to the agenda materials. ...

Advocate for education, equity files for Lawrence school board

A Lawrence activist who has championed causes including education, civic engagement and health care has filed to run for the Lawrence school board. Thea Perry, 37, said that in addition to meeting the needs of all students and closing achievement and discipline gaps for underserved ...

Lawrence school board member with background in education law files for reelection

Shannon Kimball is seeking her third term as a member of the Lawrence school board — an office she’d like to hold alongside her upcoming role as president of the Kansas Association of School Boards. Kimball began her first term in July 2011. She said some of her proudest accomplishments ...

Bishop Seabury graduates 28 seniors with more than $6.4M in scholarship offers

Bishop Seabury Academy sent off its Class of 2019 at the school's commencement ceremony Friday morning. The class includes 28 seniors who, between them, have received more than $6.4 million worth of scholarship offers, a school spokeswoman said. Margie Lawrence, media coordinator for the ...