K-12 Education

Candidate profiles for 2019 Lawrence city, school board elections

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

School board candidate Smith wants to help all students find success in education

As a graduate of the former Lawrence Alternative High School, Paula Smith said she wants to help Lawrence students find pathways to success that best suit them. “The way the program was geared to fit me better helped me succeed to graduate on time,” she said of her time at the Lawrence ...

Surviving cancer motivated school board candidate Perry to run for office

Thea Perry has always been interested in public service, but she was too shy to run for office. That changed, however, when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in January 2018. Perry, a candidate for the Lawrence school board election this fall, said the health issue motivated her to ...

West Middle School teacher wins Horizon Award for ‘exemplary novice educator’

During his first year of teaching, Chad Aberle showed an ability to build strong relationships with his students and their parents, which is a sign of a great teacher, said West Middle School Principal Brad Kempf. “What Chad did to create a culture for learning in his first year of teaching ...

School board member Kimball wants a third term to see current projects through

Since Shannon Kimball began serving in the Lawrence school district in 2010, the Lawrence school board has approved several construction projects to renovate buildings across the district. While Kimball, who served on a special elementary school facilities task force for the district in 2010 ...

New state council on tax reform to include Lawrence school board member

Gov. Laura Kelly launched a council on tax reform Monday and appointed Lawrence school board member Shannon Kimball as a member. The Governor’s Council on Tax Reform, issued by Executive Order 19-11, will conduct an 18-month study culminating in the council making specific statutory ...

Lawrence school board to discuss ways to address student use of e-cigarettes

The Lawrence school district will discuss ways to address student use of e-cigarettes during its next meeting. In the school board’s agenda packet, the school district refers to the use of e-cigarettes, also known as "vaping," by minors as an epidemic. The agenda also said the use of ...