K-12 Education

Lawrence school district curriculum leader moving to part-time role

A Lawrence school district leader will transition into a part-time role next school year. Jennifer Bessolo, the school district’s director of curriculum, will begin serving as a part-time curriculum specialist for the Lawrence Virtual School on July 1, Superintendent Anthony Lewis recently ...

Free State High School’s first activities director to retire after 22 years

The longtime activities director at Free State High School will retire at the end of the school year. The Lawrence school district announced this week that Lisa Boyd will retire on June 30. She has served as an assistant principal and director of activities since 1998, shortly after the school ...

Bishop Seabury academic team heading to nationals in world affairs competition

Bishop Seabury Academy’s Academic WorldQuest team is heading off to nationals this spring. The school’s team finished first at the Kansas City, Mo., regional, which was held this week at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, said Leslie McCaffrey, admissions director for Bishop Seabury. ...

Weather-related closings, cancellations and delays for Thursday, Feb. 13

Have a closing, cancellation or postponement to report? Please email it to closings@ljworld.com. Last updated: 8:10 a.m. Thursday • Lawrence, Edwards and Leavenworth campuses of the University of Kansas will not open until 9 a.m. • Lawrence school district USD 497 will be closed. • ...

Second phase of $46 million renovation will open soon at Lawrence High School

While standing in a newly renovated classroom on the second floor of Lawrence High School, school board member Carole Cadue-Blackwood said it felt like she was somewhere else. “It’s like a treehouse,” Cadue-Blackwood said, looking out large windows into the trees surrounding the school. ...

Broken Arrow Elementary principal to retire after 24 years with district

Broken Arrow Elementary School will have a new leader next school year. The Lawrence school district announced in a news release this week that Brian McCaffrey, current principal of the school, plans to retire effective June 30, pending Lawrence school board approval. The district said it ...

Student absences spike in Lawrence on day of Chiefs Super Bowl parade

Many Lawrence students were likely among the thousands of fans attending the Chiefs parade. The Lawrence school district counted a total of 2,213 excused absences on Wednesday, Julie Boyle, a spokeswoman for the district told the Journal-World. Of those students, 941 of them were Free State ...

9-year-old Deerfield student overcomes nerves, wins Douglas County Spelling Bee

After accepting the first-place trophy for the 2020 Douglas County Spelling Bee, Charlie Maples said winning the annual contest wasn’t his only notable accomplishment Saturday on the stage at Southwest Middle School. “I also set a personal heart-rate record of 247,” the Deerfield ...