K-12 Education

Lawrence school board approves two hires for 2020-2021 school year

The Lawrence school district has hired a new curriculum leader and elementary principal for the 2020-2021 school year. Superintendent Anthony Lewis on Monday announced Patrick Kelly, who is currently director of the Lawrence College and Career Center, will become the school district’s ...

Lawrence school board to hear budget report for 2020-2021 school year

The Lawrence school board will get a glimpse of the school district’s financial situation for the next academic year during its meeting on Monday. Kathy Johnson, the school district’s executive director of finance, will report to the board about the school district’s projected new ...

Lawrence school district exploring options for 2020 graduation ceremonies

The Lawrence school district is still hoping to hold graduation ceremonies for seniors, despite the coronavirus pandemic that led to the cancellation of most school events. But Julie Boyle, a spokeswoman for the school district, said the district doesn’t yet know when those ceremonies may ...

Free meals for children now available on weekend at Lawrence schools

Story updated at 3:21 p.m. Wednesday A program offering children free meals for pickup on weekdays at Lawrence schools has been expanded to include the weekend. The Lawrence school district announced Wednesday that meals will now be available for pickup by children from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. ...

Billy Mills principal leaving school district for position in Missouri

The leader of Billy Mills Middle School will not be returning next school year because he has taken a job in Missouri. Lawrence Superintendent Anthony Lewis announced in a news release Friday that Keith Jones, principal of Billy Mills, will resign at the end of the school year to become ...

Free State selects Atchison high school leader to serve as new assistant principal

A new face will be joining the Free State High School administration next school year. Principal Myron Graber announced this week that Matthew Renk will become the high school’s newest assistant principal for the 2020-2021 school year, according to a Lawrence school district news release. ...

Douglas County Commission approves funding for new student meal program

The Douglas County Commission has approved $43,500 in funding for a new meal service for Lawrence students that was launched earlier this week. On Tuesday, the Lawrence school district announced that several restaurants had stepped up to launch the new meal program, which replaced a former ...

Local restaurants to launch new student meal service for the remainder of April

Story last updated at 9:38 a.m. Wednesday Local restaurants will be stepping in to make sure that students in need will still have access to free lunch throughout April, after the Lawrence school district recently suspended its meal service for children. The school district announced Tuesday ...

Hillcrest Elementary principal retiring after 19 years on the job

After nearly two decades in the position, the Hillcrest Elementary School principal plans to retire at the end of the school year. The Lawrence school district recently announced in a new release that Tammy Becker, who has been principal for 19 years, will retire on June 30. Superintendent ...

Lawrence schools to shut down meal service until at least May

Story updated at 10:34 a.m. Wednesday Lawrence Public Schools will distribute free meals to local children just once more, on Thursday, before shutting down the program for the rest of April, the school district announced Wednesday. The district will also discontinue in-person technology ...

Homeschool parents share tips on educating students during remote learning period

As students of Lawrence public schools returned to education through remote learning last week, parents may have found themselves in a new position of needing to make sure their children are participating. Two Lawrence mothers who homeschool their children told the Journal-World that they ...

Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence selects interim leader for permanent role

The Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence's new chief executive officer will be a longtime employee who served as the organization's interim leader for much of the past year. The organization announced Friday that it has hired Monica Dittmer as permanent CEO. She had served as the interim leader ...

Lawrence school board invites public to virtually attend special meeting

The Lawrence school board will hold a special meeting to consider the district’s continuous learning plan, and the public is invited to attend via TV or internet. “To safeguard public health,” the district invites patrons to watch the meeting on Midco channel 26 or online at ...