K-12 Education

Second phase of $46 million renovation will open soon at Lawrence High School

While standing in a newly renovated classroom on the second floor of Lawrence High School, school board member Carole Cadue-Blackwood said it felt like she was somewhere else. “It’s like a treehouse,” Cadue-Blackwood said, looking out large windows into the trees surrounding the school. ...

Broken Arrow Elementary principal to retire after 24 years with district

Broken Arrow Elementary School will have a new leader next school year. The Lawrence school district announced in a news release this week that Brian McCaffrey, current principal of the school, plans to retire effective June 30, pending Lawrence school board approval. The district said it ...

Student absences spike in Lawrence on day of Chiefs Super Bowl parade

Many Lawrence students were likely among the thousands of fans attending the Chiefs parade. The Lawrence school district counted a total of 2,213 excused absences on Wednesday, Julie Boyle, a spokeswoman for the district told the Journal-World. Of those students, 941 of them were Free State ...

9-year-old Deerfield student overcomes nerves, wins Douglas County Spelling Bee

After accepting the first-place trophy for the 2020 Douglas County Spelling Bee, Charlie Maples said winning the annual contest wasn’t his only notable accomplishment Saturday on the stage at Southwest Middle School. “I also set a personal heart-rate record of 247,” the Deerfield ...

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 ...