K-12 Education

Vaping a big issue in Lawrence high schools, LMH Health interns say

With the rise of a new generation comes the rise of new trends — some fashion, some habits and some social. Years ago, ads and celebrity endorsements for smoking showed it as a sign of class and style. Now smoking is banned in most buildings and you see ads about the dangers of cigarettes ...

Amid outbreak, Kansas to require additional vaccines for schoolchildren

TOPEKA — Kansas schools will require two new vaccines come August, including one against a virus that’s hospitalized 13,000 people and killed 200 across the country since 2016. The new rules, which apply to public and private schools, will be phased in over the next several years. But come ...

2 new vaccines required for some Kansas school students

TOPEKA — Students in certain grades at Kansas public and private schools will be required to have two new vaccinations this year. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment announced Thursday that students entering kindergarten and first grade will need two doses of a hepatitis A ...

Lawrence private school begins $5.4 million expansion along Clinton Parkway

When I was in school, I always was nervous to have class in one of those portable trailers. Too many of my teachers had a pickup truck with a hitch. The students at Bishop Seabury may not have the same anxiety, but, regardless, they soon won’t have to deal with those portable classrooms. The ...

Southwest Middle School assistant principal accepts district administrative job

Story updated at 6:17 p.m. Tuesday, July 9, 2019: The Lawrence schools superintendent has selected Shaun Hanson, assistant principal of Southwest Middle School, for a districtwide administrative position. According to a news release from the district, Hanson will fill the role of assistant ...

Lawrence school board considering budget with $4.3M of increased funding

The Lawrence school district expects to receive an additional $300,000 of funding through its local option budget authority, which is generated through local taxes. Kathy Johnson, executive director of finance for the school district, reported to the Lawrence school board during its regular ...

Lawrence school board to hear report on student behavior, attendance and more

The Lawrence school board on Monday will hear an end-of-year report on student behavior, attendance, surveys and assessment scores. “These data points can be indicators of the general health of our school system and provide some insights on the effectiveness of programmatic decisions,” ...

Teen convicted of bringing gun to LHS in his backpack

Story updated: 4:50 p.m. Thursday, June 27, 2019. A boy who brought a handgun to Lawrence High School in his backpack earlier this year was convicted Wednesday in Douglas County District Court. After entering a plea of no contest, the boy was convicted as a juvenile for criminal use of a ...

Lawrence school board approves strategic plan, extends superintendent’s contract

The Lawrence school district now has a strategic plan. The Lawrence school board on Monday unanimously gave final approval to a five-year strategic plan that will kick off during the upcoming 2019-2020 school year. The plan includes five strategic themes that aim to improve academic outcomes ...

City, county and school district leaders resolve to collaborate on equity issues

City, county and school district leaders say they want to work together in their efforts to address equity issues in the community, and they took a first step toward doing so Monday. Elected leaders and officials from the City of Lawrence, Douglas County and the Lawrence school district met ...

Kansas schools address teacher shortage across state

TOPEKA — Kansas education officials are raising pay and fast-tracking various teaching professionals in a two-pronged effort aimed at combating teacher shortages. Last year, Kansas schools had more than 600 vacant positions, many in rural areas and the state’s most urban districts. Low pay ...

Lawrence school board to consider extending superintendent’s contract

The Lawrence school board at its Monday meeting will consider extending Superintendent Anthony Lewis’ contract. Lewis has served as the superintendent since July 2018. The board will evaluate Lewis’ performance during his first year in charge of the district, then will consider extending ...

Kansas Supreme Court finds new K-12 education funding law constitutional

Updated at 5:31 p.m. Friday The Kansas Supreme Court ruled Friday that the state’s newest education funding plan is constitutional, seemingly bringing an end to an almost decade-long fight over the adequacy of K-12 funding. But the justices are refusing to relinquish jurisdiction over the ...

Kansas education officials vote to launch anti-vaping campaign

TOPEKA — Kansas officials want to put the brakes on vaping in public schools as usage soars. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the Kansas State Board of Education voted unanimously Tuesday to launch an anti-vaping campaign. Officials say local school boards need to amend student codes ...

3 Lawrence school board incumbents won’t run for reelection

Three of four incumbent members of the Lawrence school board whose terms are expiring will not run for reelection this year. The four-year terms of Board President Jessica Beeson and board members Jill Fincher, Rick Ingram and Shannon Kimball will end in January. Kimball, the only incumbent ...