K-12 Education

First Bell: Transition efforts scheduled for Wakarusa Valley students, families; board approves ‘transfer preferences’ for 29 Broken Arrow students; Lawrence High entrepreneurs to compete Wednesday

A few education-oriented items from around the area and elsewhere:Administrators and others are making plans to ease the transition for students who must attend a new school because of the closure of Wakarusa Valley School at the end of this school year.Wakarusa Valley students will get a ...

Support sought for consolidating elementary schools in Lawrence

As members of the Lawrence school board continue making plans to form a community-minded process for consolidating elementary schools during the next several years, they’re finding support from folks who some may see as unlikely advocates.Even people from one of the schools targeted say they ...

First Bell: Wakarusa Valley invites public, seeks yearbooks, for 50th anniversary event; Eudora boosts fees for all-day kindergarten; four Lawrence elementaries expected to remain without full-day K

A few education-oriented items from around the area and elsewhere:Wakarusa Valley School is preparing to celebrate its 50th anniversary, and the public is invited to join in the party.The celebration is set for 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. May 1 at the school, 1104 E. 1000 Road. The school is just outside ...

2011 Focus Film Festival crowns winners

Winners of the 2011 Focus Film Festival, sponsored by Lawrence High School, were announced Sunday afternoon at Liberty Hall.Students from 15 high schools entered about 85 films for the contest, which was judged by a group of local film experts — Marc Havener, Jon Niccum, Tamara Falicov and ...

Kansas Department of Education wants fingerprints of about 40,000 teachers

Topeka ? The Kansas State Department of Education wants to add security measures for its schools, including fingerprinting about 40,000 educators who were licensed before 2003.Pam Coleman, director of teacher education and licensure for the department, told members of the Kansas State Board of ...

First Bell: Hillcrest kindergartners to sell lemonade to help Japan; new district budget reports ‘all about transparency’; Lawrence students among Presidential Scholar semifinalists

A few education-oriented items from around the area and elsewhere:Folks looking to boost relief efforts in Japan, quench their own thirsts or help support the artistic and philanthropic efforts of some dedicated kindergartners can accomplish all three tasks Friday afternoon at Hillcrest ...

Former Jayhawk Mike Rivera volunteers time to teach crochet to city youths

At 6-foot-2, 252 pounds, with blue gym shorts, a backwards cap, a Nike T-shirt and an bulky bandage around his left knee, former Kansas University linebacker Mike Rivera hardly looked the part of a crochet teacher at Hillcrest Elementary on Wednesday.But give the man a couple of needles and ...

Wind turbine could generate power and educational tools at Eudora High School

When Eudora High School math teacher Scott Keltner teaches his students how to calculate rates next semester, he hopes to be standing in front of a wind turbine next to the school’s football field. This month, the school received the final sign-off from the city of Eudora to build the ...

Lawrence full-day kindergarten expanding as school cuts loom

New middle (school) namesThree down, one to go.Monday night, members of the Lawrence school board approved new — yet familiar — names for three of the district’s junior high schools this summer:• South Junior High will become South Middle School.• Southwest Junior High will become ...

Lawrence school district seeks savings in diploma-completion program

The Lawrence school district plans to end its contract with her employer, relocate her office and advertise her job as an opening that hasn’t formally been announced yet.And Sharen Steele’s all for it.“It’s a real wise move,” said Steele, project coordinator for the Lawrence Diploma ...

Lawrence school district to plan school mergers

Lane Eisenhart is a realist when it comes to the future of her neighborhood’s beloved elementary, New York School.She’d like to see it remain open, or perhaps even expanded, as the Lawrence school district weighs options for consolidating schools — moves intended to help grapple with ...

New York School students board the ‘walking school bus’

The eclectic pageantry may be catchy — shiny balloons attached to backpacks, Ric Averill picking at his banjo, a former mayor tagging along at the back — but it is a simple notion that draws fourth-graders Kellie Old Elk and Aryanna Meraz to board a new “walking school bus” at New York ...

Wichita school district cuts 72 jobs, 2 programs

Wichita ? The Wichita school district will cut 72 positions and stop funding two popular programs as it tries to cut $30 million from its budget.The district announced Thursday that it would drop funding for Parents as Teachers and the National Academic League.Superintendent John Allison says ...