K-12 Education

St. John’s Military School helps Lawrence teen discover his potential

It’s 6 a.m., and Macio Palacio is up for breakfast. He’s going into class early to work on his art project, a drawing of a phoenix for his little brother, who’s named Phoenix.Palacio’s got a full schedule: art, integrated science, Spanish, civics, Algebra II and English. After school, ...

GOP in House and Senate create a budget gridlock for Kansas

With the legislative clock winding down, work on the state budget halted Friday as House and Senate leaders announced an impasse.House Republicans, who hold a 92-33 majority, blamed Republicans in the Senate, while Senate Republicans, who hold a 32-8 majority, blamed Republicans in the ...

Topeka to close 3 elementary schools this year

Topeka ? The Topeka school district will close three elementary schools at the end of this academic year, with one more to close after next year.The school board voted Thursday night to close Quinton Heights, Lundgren and Linn elementary schools. School officials say the closings will save the ...

New principal selected for Lawrence Virtual School

Lawrence’s biggest elementary school is about to get a new principal.Monday night, members of the Lawrence school board will consider approving the hiring of G. Keith Wilson as principal of the Lawrence Virtual School, which serves students statewide from the former Centennial School, 2145 ...

First Bell: West teacher elected president of Lawrence Education Association; comings and goings at South Junior High; high schoolers qualify for nationals in forensics, debate

Here are some news items and notes regarding schools in the area:The Lawrence Education Association is about to welcome a new leader.Deena Burnett, a language arts teacher at West Junior High School, has been elected to be president of the union, which has about 600 members and represents the ...

Lawrence school board says budget cuts set for now, but more may loom

Members of the Lawrence school board don’t intend to boost class sizes districtwide, or to cut entire sports programs, or to eliminate jobs for guidance counselors, school nurses or attendance secretaries.At least not yet.As plans for next year’s Lawrence school district budget take shape, ...

Lawrence Education Association asks district for additional benefits

Negotiators for the Lawrence Education Association requesting some additional benefits Wednesday for the Lawrence school district’s licensed educators during the coming year.The union, which represents more than 900 educators, formally asked that the district:• Waive standard fees for ...

2 Lawrence students win merit scholarships

Two students from Lawrence are among 2,500 students to be designated nationally as Merit Scholars by the National Merit Scholarship Corp.The winners from Lawrence:• Alex Chen-Yu Kong, of Free State High School, whose probable career field is pharmacy.• David Lawrence, of Bishop Seabury ...

West Junior High School to celebrate 50th anniversary

Students, parents, alumni, staffers and anyone else connected with West Junior High School’s past, present or future are invited to the school’s 50th anniversary celebration this Saturday.The celebration will include an open house, tours, displays and punch and cake from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. ...

Two teachers win $1,000 awards from Lawrence Schools Foundation

Two educators in the Lawrence school district are winners of awards from the Lawrence Schools Foundation, presented last month during the annual Foundation Follies:Denise Johnson, who teaches second grade at Hillcrest School, is the foundation’s Elementary Educator of the Year. “Denise has ...

Students at West Junior High look for a lesson in news of Osama bin Laden’s death

Back on that terrible day in September 2001, things sure were different for the students in Matt Frost’s civics class: The twin towers were coming down, black smoke billowed from the Pentagon, and a plane had crashed in the Pennsylvania countryside.“I remember my parents freaking out — ...

Kansas legislative committee rejects deeper cuts to school aid

Topeka ? Two attempts by several House Republicans on Monday to make deeper cuts to the state budget were rejected by a group of Democrats and other Republicans. “The governor has continued to say, ‘make cuts, make cuts,’ and that is what I’m attempting to do,” said Rep. Owen Donohoe, ...

Conservative Kansas Republicans want more cuts to schools, social services, prisons

Topeka ? Conservative Republicans on Friday sought more cuts to schools, social services and prisons.The proposal — crafted by House Appropriations Committee members Anthony Brown of Eudora, Owen Donohoe of Shawnee and Kasha Kelley of Arkansas City — would slice another $138 million from a ...