K-12 Education

KSHSAA executive board rejects proposal to delay start of fall sports seasons

A motion to delay the start of fall high school sports competitions in Kansas failed by a vote of 5-4 during Tuesday’s meeting of the Kansas State High School Activities Association’s executive board. As a result, all fall sports and activities programs will be allowed to start practices ...

Several large Kansas school districts to open after Labor Day

Topeka — Several of Kansas’ largest school districts have voted not to resume classes until after Labor Day because of the threat of the coronavirus pandemic. The Wichita district’s school board voted Thursday to delay school until after the holiday and also approved two online ...

Lawrence High School promotes assistant principal to school’s second-in-command

Lawrence High School has named its next associate principal. Mark Preut, who currently serves as an assistant principal for the school, has been promoted to the position, the Lawrence school district announced in a news release on Thursday. Preut will replace Margene Brohammer, who recently ...

Kansas attorney general believes local officials can opt out of school mask order

Story updated at 4:51 p.m. Thursday TOPEKA — Kansas' Republican attorney general said Thursday that he believes both counties and local school districts can exempt themselves from the Democratic governor's coronavirus-inspired order requiring schools to have staff and students wear ...

LHS associate principal resigns to take job out of state

A Lawrence High School leader is leaving the school to take a position out of state. The Lawrence school district recently announced in a news release that Margene Brohammer, who served as associate principal at LHS for the last 10 years, has resigned from the position. Brohammer has accepted ...

Photo gallery: Free State, Lawrence High hold graduations amid the pandemic

Masks joined caps and gowns as essential graduation attire Saturday at Lawrence's high schools, where seniors finally gathered for ceremonies that had been delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Free State graduates gathered at their school's outdoor stadium Saturday morning, while Lawrence High ...

Lawrence school district modifies graduation plans to add staggered entry, exit

The Lawrence school district’s graduation ceremonies this weekend will now use a staggered entry and exit approach. The school district announced late Thursday that it had modified plans for the Saturday graduation ceremonies for Lawrence High School and Free State High School in an effort ...

Kansas governor says she’ll delay reopening of K-12 schools until after Labor Day

Story updated at 4:53 p.m. Wednesday TOPEKA — Gov. Laura Kelly plans to keep Kansas' K-12 schools closed until after the Labor Day holiday in September as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to increase in the state. Kelly announced the plan during a news conference Wednesday and ...

How Lawrence school district will begin 2020-2021 academic year still undecided

With about a month left before school is scheduled to begin, it is unclear whether Lawrence students will return to their school buildings this fall. Deputy Superintendent Anna Stubblefield said during the Lawrence school board’s meeting on Monday that the district has not yet made any ...

Governor to announce fall plan for Kansas schools on Wednesday

The details of the fall semester for K-12 schools in Kansas will become clearer Wednesday, as Gov. Laura Kelly will announce her administration's plan for how the state's children will be educated amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Lee Norman, secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and ...

Kansas teachers will get little required training on how to run classrooms online

WICHITA — Jennifer Mathes kept her expectations for the spring low. A sudden, pandemic-driven shift from classrooms to online instruction was bound to throw the Blue Valley school district a curve. That would be a loss for the quality of teaching she could expect for her daughter. But for ...