K-12 Education

2 students found with prohibited pocket knives at Southwest Middle School

Two students at Lawrence’s Southwest Middle School were caught with pocket knives at school on Monday. Julie Boyle, spokeswoman for the school district, told the Journal-World Tuesday that the students were caught with the knives after a police officer learned they were carrying them at the ...

Election Notebook: Morning turnout about 10%; voting closes at 7 p.m.

Check out our Election Notebook throughout the day and evening for the latest on news about today's election. If history is any guide, local election results should be tallied and announced before 9 p.m. today. For more detailed information about the candidates in the Lawrence city and school ...

Lawrence High’s interim principal to continue in post next year

Cynthia Johnson will continue serving as interim principal at Lawrence High School next year, pending school board approval, according to a news release Friday from the Lawrence school district. “Our board members, district administrators, and I have been receiving lots of positive feedback ...

Learn all about the candidates and issues on the ballot in Lawrence

Residents of Lawrence will elect new leaders to the Lawrence City Commission and the Lawrence school board and vote on a state constitutional amendment Tuesday, Nov. 5. In the lead-up to the election, the Journal-World has interviewed the six candidates for three seats on the City Commission ...

Lawrence school district begins advertising 2 open principal positions

Two of the three open principal positions in Lawrence are now being advertised on the school district’s website. David Cunningham, the district’s executive director for human resources, told the Journal-World that his office posted advertisements Monday afternoon for the top positions at ...

Lawrence ACT scores continue to rise while state average drops

Students in the Lawrence school district continue to improve their scores on the ACT exam, despite a drop in the average score across the state. The Lawrence school district reported an average ACT score of 23.95 for the students who took the test during the 2018-19 school year, according to ...

Lawrence school district enrollment drops about 1.5%

Story updated at 4:40 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, 2019: The Lawrence school district saw a decrease of more than 180 students this school year compared with last year. But the drop in enrollment may not have an immediate effect on the school district’s state funding. The school district shared ...

Lawrence school district to receive $150,000 grant for leadership training

A $150,000 grant will soon allow the Lawrence school district to focus on improving its leadership qualities. The Kansas Leadership Center, a nonprofit organization that aims to foster better leadership in the state’s communities, announced Wednesday that the school district is one of 63 ...

Parents voice frustration over resignation of former Pinckney principal

Several parents of students at Pinckney Elementary School on Monday voiced frustration over the resignation of former principal Kristi Hill, suggesting that the school district did not provide her with enough support. Some of the parents who spoke to the board said Hill resigned because she ...

Only 1% of 100K teachers in Missouri, Kansas are black men

Kansas City, Mo. (ap) — Charles King remembers in his third year teaching a parent called him aside and told him to be more authentic, to let some of his roots show because the black students in that urban Houston school needed to know he was one of them. The encounter changed the way that ...

Construction company tweaks parts of schedule for Lawrence High renovation project

The construction company in charge of renovating Lawrence High School announced it is pushing back the completion dates for two phases of the project to make up for delays that occurred over the summer. “We have to make sure we do a really good job setting realistic expectations for the ...