K-12 Education

Lawrence high schools competing in virtual state debate tournaments this weekend

Several Lawrence students are making their arguments this weekend that they deserve to be recognized as the best debaters in the state. Debate teams from both Lawrence High School and Free State High School are competing in the 6A state tournament Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Both schools ...

Late Nancy Hopkins left lasting impact on local volleyball coaches

Free State head volleyball coach Jayme Savage, who has been at the helm for two years now, knows she has the late Nancy Hopkins to thank for getting to this point in her career. Savage played for Hopkins at Free State from 2000-03 and had a chance to join her staff in 2008. Savage was an ...

Lawrence school board to discuss COVID-19’s effect on teacher workload

As the coronavirus pandemic has changed the way education is conducted, teachers have taken on a larger workload, administration officials said. To help address this, the Lawrence school board on Monday will discuss what drives teacher workload and actions the district can take to stop it from ...

Facilities director leaving Lawrence school district for job in Johnson County

The Lawrence school district will be looking for a new facilities director as their current one has chosen to leave the position for a job in Johnson County. Tony Barron, the district’s executive director of facilities and operations, is resigning from the position on Jan. 29, the district ...

Boy sentenced for bringing loaded gun to Lawrence High School

Story updated at 5:44 p.m. Monday: A teen who reportedly brought a gun to Lawrence High School last year has been sentenced to time served. The boy, a 14-year-old student at the time, stole a 9 mm handgun from a parent in December 2019, according to court documents. On Jan. 8, 2020, another ...

Douglas County school virus guidance remains in yellow tier

Douglas County schools returning from winter break will be able to begin with students at least partially in classrooms. Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health announced Thursday its guidance to schools would remain in the yellow tier for another week, which will cover the first days of class ...

Teachers to receive COVID-19 vaccine during second phase of state’s rollout plan

Lawrence educators could begin receiving a COVID-19 vaccine sometime in the next few months as they are considered second in line in the state’s rollout plan. During a press conference Wednesday, Gov. Laura Kelly said the state’s teachers, school staff and child care workers are scheduled ...