K-12 Education

Photos: Titanic discoverer Robert Ballard visits Lawrence schools

Ocean explorer Robert Ballard, who is most famous for discovering the wreckage of the Titanic, on Tuesday visited West Middle School, Liberty Memorial Central Middle School and Lawrence High School. Ballard, who was born in Kansas, spoke to the students about his career and answered questions ...

$3.85M boost in funding from Legislature offset by Lawrence schools’ needs

The school finance bill that the Kansas Legislature passed and Gov. Laura Kelly signed on Saturday would add about $3.85 million to the Lawrence school district’s funding next year. However, Kathy Johnson, the district’s executive director of finance, told the school board Monday evening ...

Lawrence school board to kick off budget season with update on school finance bill

The Kansas Legislature approved Gov. Laura Kelly’s school finance plan just in time for Kathy Johnson, the Lawrence school district’s executive director of finance, to provide a budget update to the school board on Monday. It’s still uncertain whether the plan, which the House approved ...

Culture shift in Lawrence schools could change discipline, conflict resolution

Superintendent Anthony Lewis said he was instrumental in bringing restorative practices to Kansas City (Mo.) Public Schools, where he was an assistant superintendent prior to coming to Lawrence in July. In the KCMO district, Lewis said, the superintendent and cabinet went through a two-day ...

Billy Mills Middle School names new assistant principal

Carissa Miles, an AVID coordinator, teacher and strategies instructor at West Middle School, has been named Billy Mills Middle School’s new assistant principal, the Lawrence school district announced in a release. AVID, or Advancement via Individual Determination, is a district program and ...

Heffernan to return to teaching role at Free State; will still coach cross-country

Free State High School Associate Principal Steve Heffernan plans to return to a teaching position for the 2019-2020 school year, the Lawrence school district announced in a news release Wednesday. He’ll also continue to coach cross-country. High school administrators can no longer serve ...

Liberty Memorial Central Middle School assistant principal to resign this summer

Barbara Williams, assistant principal at Liberty Memorial Central Middle School, plans to resign effective June 30 to “pursue other professional opportunities,” according to a news release from the school district. Williams served as a teacher, learning coach and coordinator for AVID, ...

Peaslee Tech massively expands its course offerings through online partnership

The Dwayne Peaslee Technical Training Center has increased the number of classes it can offer — perhaps exponentially. Peaslee Tech is partnering with Cengage Learning’s Education To Go program to offer students hundreds of online courses. Students enroll through Peaslee, in person or ...

DA considering charges in suspected robbery, shooting of LHS students

The Douglas County District Attorney’s Office was reviewing Friday’s double shooting case in which two teens were injured, though charges had not been filed late Monday afternoon. The two suspects — also both juveniles — would be scheduled to appear before a judge for detention ...

4 Lawrence schools are applying for redesign. What does that mean?

Teachers in four Lawrence schools voted recently to apply for the Kansans Can School Redesign Project’s Apollo phase — but if you don’t live and breathe Kansas K-12 education, that statement might leave you scratching your head. Here’s a primer on the statewide initiative — why ...

Teen convicted for stealing gun, providing it to fellow student at LHS

A teen has been convicted of stealing a handgun, which he then reportedly sold to another student at Lawrence High School. The teen pleaded guilty as charged to felony theft on Thursday in Douglas County District Court, according to online court records. Thursday's hearing was closed to the ...

Lawrence school board approves purchasing $278K in tech accessories

District leaders are hopeful that students who take their devices home after the last class ends in May will say more than “Great, Netflix all summer.” Lawrence school board members — including Rick Ingram, who voiced that concern at the Monday meeting — agreed they’d like to see ...