K-12 Education

Facilities director leaving Lawrence school district for job in Johnson County

The Lawrence school district will be looking for a new facilities director as their current one has chosen to leave the position for a job in Johnson County. Tony Barron, the district’s executive director of facilities and operations, is resigning from the position on Jan. 29, the district ...

Boy sentenced for bringing loaded gun to Lawrence High School

Story updated at 5:44 p.m. Monday: A teen who reportedly brought a gun to Lawrence High School last year has been sentenced to time served. The boy, a 14-year-old student at the time, stole a 9 mm handgun from a parent in December 2019, according to court documents. On Jan. 8, 2020, another ...

Douglas County school virus guidance remains in yellow tier

Douglas County schools returning from winter break will be able to begin with students at least partially in classrooms. Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health announced Thursday its guidance to schools would remain in the yellow tier for another week, which will cover the first days of class ...

Teachers to receive COVID-19 vaccine during second phase of state’s rollout plan

Lawrence educators could begin receiving a COVID-19 vaccine sometime in the next few months as they are considered second in line in the state’s rollout plan. During a press conference Wednesday, Gov. Laura Kelly said the state’s teachers, school staff and child care workers are scheduled ...

LHS, Free State girls basketball teams in quarantine for separate COVID-19 cases

The girls basketball teams at both of Lawrence’s high schools are quarantining because of coronavirus cases among team members. Julie Boyle, a spokeswoman for the school district, said the district was informed Monday that members of both Lawrence High School’s and Free State High ...

Kansas schools to revamp reading education, but pandemic has caused some delays

Wichita — The way kids in Kansas learn to read is in for a major rewrite. Teachers will soon ditch their time-worn memorization and context-clues methods. In their place, they’ll work with state teacher colleges on new styles meant to accommodate dyslexic students and other children who ...

State school board recommends Kansas continue in-person elementary classes

Story updated at 3:35 p.m. Wednesday TOPEKA (AP) — The state school board is recommending that Kansas elementary schools continue in-person classes even if the spread of the coronavirus in their communities is so great that schools otherwise would close. The State Board of Education on ...

KSHSAA will allow parents at winter sports events beginning Thursday

Winter sports competitions will once again have spectators after a week of competing in empty venues. Up to two parents or guardians per participant will be allowed to attend high school winter sports events starting on Thursday following a vote by the Kansas State High School Activities ...