K-12 Education

New building to combine Kennedy, N.Y. schools would face a complicated path

Scenarios for school consolidationHere are four scenarios for school consolidation set to be discussed Monday evening by the Central and East Lawrence Elementary School Consolidation Working Group, which meets at 7 p.m. at Lawrence school district headquarters, 110 McDonald Drive:• ...

Lawrence police seek source of Thursday bomb threat at Free State High School

Lawrence police officers and detectives are continuing their investigation into a written bomb threat that led to canceled classes Thursday at Free State High School.The threat had been taped to the front door at the school, 4700 Overland Drive. It was found early Thursday morning. ...

Online petition backs standards-based grades

The Lawrence school district’s use of standards-based grading for sixth-graders has some fans, after all.Support for the grading system — which gives students “S,” “M,” “T” and “E” grades based on approaching, satisfying or exceeding state standards — is showing up through ...

Notification of bomb threat at Free State High lags as unofficial word spreads

Makeup day? MaybeSo, will Free State High School students need to make up class time lost to Thursday’s bomb threat?“It’s yet to be determined,” said Kyle Hayden, chief operations officer for the Lawrence school district.The state mandates that students spend a minimum number of hours ...

Nothing suspicious found after bomb threat at Free State; classes to resume on Friday

Lawrence school district officials said a police search of Free State High School — the target of a written bomb threat Thursday morning — has turned up nothing suspicious.Classes will resume at the school on Friday, according to Julie Boyle, district spokeswoman. She said after-school and ...

Parents, teachers voice concerns regarding standards-based grading

Parents concerned about the use of standards-based grading in Lawrence middle schools took their questions, concerns and frustrations directly to the folks in charge Tuesday night.Now the opponents are looking for changes, with many seeking a system based solely on traditional letter grades in ...

Lawrence school district testing new math assessment

Nearly half of all students in the Lawrence school district either already have or soon will be taking a new assessment test, one devised by the district to help guide math instruction.The new 25-question test is being administered in third through eighth grades, part of a year of “field ...

Four scenarios surface as possibilities for consolidating elementary schools

Ideas are emerging for consolidating elementary schools in the Lawrence school district, including two ideas that would combine New York and Kennedy schools at an expanded, and possibly relocated, site of the former East Heights School.Representatives from four schools met a Sunday deadline for ...

Academy combines high school, college for Eudora student

Bria Carder can still go to prom, still hang out with friends at Cardinals football games and still look forward to sitting for her senior pictures.Even while living and attending classes 245 miles away.Carder, a senior at Eudora High School, is in her second year as a student in the Kansas ...

Colleges defend humanities fields amid tight budgets

Hartford, Conn. ? Like many humanities advocates, Abbey Drane was disheartened but not surprised when Florida’s governor recently said its tax dollars should bolster science and high-tech studies, not “educate more people who can’t get jobs in anthropology.”Drane, a 21-year-old ...

Elementary essentials fill priorities list

After listening to principals, teachers and site council members, Superintendent Rick Doll has compiled a list of priorities for budget-challenged programs, services and personnel that should be part of basic elementary education in the Lawrence school district.Topping the list:Full-day ...

Technology talk set for Monday’s meeting of Lawrence school board

When it comes to buying the latest, greatest and fastest high-tech equipment, software and services, it turns out the Lawrence school district isn’t all that different from anyone else.“It’s just like home,” said Mark Bradford, president of the Lawrence school board. “You’ll always ...

2011 Eudora High School grad sentenced for vandalizing school’s stadium

A Douglas County judge Wednesday ordered a 19-year-old Eudora man to serve one year on probation, perform 200 hours of community service and help repay insurance costs for vandalizing the Eudora school district’s stadium in July.“I would just like the courtroom to know that I am truly sorry ...