K-12 Education

School consolidation options due from task force next month

Finance advisory group on way Members of the Lawrence school board also agreed Monday to form a new Finance Advisory Committee, a volunteer group intended to help board members and district administrators make sense of budget challenges and opportunities.Board members intend to appoint the ...

Wildcat sees the light, renounces all things purple, starts waving wheat

Making the switch?Here’s some advice from Terry Dahl for any other Wildcats looking to join Jayhawk Nation:Be open and up-front about it. Dahl sent an email to family and friends, and he encourages others not to be shy coming out of the purple closet. “It feels better when you get it off ...

School consolidation group seeks more time to turn in report

Time is running out for members of an advisory group assigned to recommend which two or three elementary schools should close during the next couple years.After group members spent more than two hours Monday night discussing ideas, options and processes without coming to conclusions — about ...

School consolidation: Student numbers factor into talks

As the new year begins, the Lawrence school district is gathering projections for how many more students will be expected to enroll in elementary schools during the next five years.Even if it’s not clear which schools will be open then.“We need these numbers for future planning, for ...

Free State High students to make up classroom time lost because of bomb threat

Free State High School will be lengthening its shortest school days up until spring break, all to make up for a day of canceled classes earlier this month following a bomb threat.“Block” class periods will be extended by five minutes on Wednesdays and Thursdays from the beginning of the ...

School district’s lesson for 2012: Learn to manage change

The Lawrence school district is heading into the new year with plenty of institutional learning expected to come:• How or when to consolidate its roster of elementary schools.• What upgrades or expansions should be slated for remaining elementary schools and perhaps whether a new school or ...

Second-grader approached by two men

Kennedy School plans to send a “stranger danger” reminder to school parents after a second-grade girl reported to her family Wednesday that two men in a vehicle approached her and attempted to talk to her as she walked home from school. The child’s father filed a report with Lawrence ...

Bond support builds, as consolidation plans for Lawrence elementary schools lag

If there’s one thing members of the Central and East Lawrence Elementary School Consolidation Working Group can agree on, it’s this: A bond issue to upgrade elementary schools should be prepared, proposed and approved.The details, of course, would need to be worked out, several members of ...

ESL programs factor into Lawrence elementary consolidation plans

The future of English as a Second Language programs is among dozens of factors being balanced as an advisory group moves closer to recommending which Lawrence elementary schools should be consolidated in the name of efficiency.“That is something to consider,” said Vanessa Sanburn, vice ...

As antibullying efforts evolve, ‘data drives decisions’

Editor’s note: This concludes our three-part series examining efforts to reduce bullying in the Lawrence school district. See the first part, on how schools combat bullying, here, and the second part, on the thin line between coaching and bullying, here.University researchers test innovative ...