K-12 Education

Free State senior wins Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year award

A Free State High School senior was named the Lawrence community’s top teen during a ceremony at Liberty Hall on Thursday. After she gave an emotional speech, Allie Martinez was announced as the winner of the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence’s 2020 Youth of the Year award, according to a ...

Lawrence school board to hear report on school resource officer program

The Lawrence school board will soon learn how much it may cost to keep its school resource officer program. The board on Monday will receive a report about the Lawrence Police Department program that puts officers in schools, including how much it would potentially cost the school district to ...

Eudora student earns prestigious scholarship for academic success amid adversity

A Douglas County high school student has been rewarded for his academic excellence in the face of adversity. Connor Schmidt, a senior at Eudora High School, was selected as one of the 106 high school students across the nation to earn the 2020 Horatio Alger National Scholarship, according to a ...

Weather-related closings, cancellations and delays for Friday, Jan. 24

Have a closing, cancellation or postponement to report? Please email it to closings@ljworld.com. Last updated: 5:53 a.m. Friday • McLouth public school district USD 342 will be closed. • The University of Kansas Lawrence and Edwards campuses will delay opening until 9 a.m.

Boys & Girls Club names finalists for 2020 Youth of the Year competition

Three Lawrence high school students will soon take the stage to make their case for being a top teen in the community. The Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence recently named Akosua Danso, Clay LaPierre and Allie Martinez as the finalists for the 2020 Youth of the Year competition, according to a ...

Weather-related closings, cancellations and delays for Friday, Jan. 17

Have a closing, cancellation or postponement to report? Please email it to closings@ljworld.com. The following will be closed Friday, Jan. 17. Last updated: 11:26 p.m. Thursday • University of Kansas - Lawrence, Edwards and Leavenworth campuses. • Lawrence public school district USD ...

Eudora High School student selected for U.S. Senate program

A Douglas County high school student has been selected as a delegate for the United States Senate Youth Program. Benjamin Sah Jin Willits Posch, a senior at Eudora High School, is one of two Kansas students selected to join the program's 104-student delegation, the Kansas State Department of ...

Student arrested at Lawrence High School, accused of battery on law enforcement

A student was arrested Tuesday morning at Lawrence High School on suspicion of battery on a law enforcement officer, police say. Just before 9 a.m., school resource officers responded to a disturbance reported by school staff, Lawrence Police Department spokesman Patrick Compton said via ...

Lawrence school district hires new principal for Pinckney Elementary

The Lawrence school district has selected a new principal for Pinckney Elementary School. Miah Lugrand, who is currently the assistant principal for Wheatley Elementary School in the Kansas City, Mo., school district, will take over the position on July 1, Superintendent Anthony Lewis ...

Lawrence school board to swear in 3 new members

Three new faces will soon officially take their positions on the Lawrence school board. Douglas County Clerk Jamie Shew will swear in recently elected members Erica Hill, Carole Cadue-Blackwood and Paula Smith during the board’s first meeting of 2020 on Monday. The new board members will ...

LHS, KU graduate to be a moderator in Democratic presidential debate

A graduate of Lawrence High School and the University of Kansas will be one of three moderators during an upcoming debate among Democratic candidates for the U.S. presidency. Brianne Pfannenstiel, the chief political reporter for the Des Moines Register, will join CNN's Wolf Blitzer and Abby ...

Lawrence middle school teacher earns state award that honors the best new educators

During a surprise phone call earlier this week, a Lawrence middle school teacher learned that he is considered one of the best new educators in the state. Chad Aberle, a second-year science teacher at West Middle School, was surprised with the 2020 Kansas Horizon Award on Tuesday when he ...

Student brought loaded gun to Lawrence High School, district says

Story updated at 5:13 p.m. Wednesday: A student brought a firearm to Lawrence High School on Wednesday, according to a news release from the school district. LHS administrators worked with Lawrence police to investigate a student’s report that another student may have brought a weapon to ...