K-12 Education

New formula puts focus on graduation rates

Changing calculations, differing demographics and dwindling finances may add up to increasingly frustrating graduation rates in the Lawrence school district.But don’t expect administrators to accept the mounting variables as inevitable constants.“They’re excuses,” said Matt Brungardt, ...

Lawrence School District, teachers agree on pay raises, benefits changes

Teachers and their bosses reached a tentative agreement Thursday evening on a work contract for the coming school year, one that would include a $1,250 raise for each and every licensed educator in the district.Now all teachers need to do is find enough folks to cast ballots to approve it.“I ...

Lawrence student’s team finishes fourth in geography World Championship

Stefan Petrovic and his fellow teammates representing the United States tied for fourth place at the National Geographic World Championship, an international geography bee in San Francisco.Petrovic, who will be an eighth-grader at South Middle School, and two others equaled Australia’s ...

Lawrence school district, teachers move closer to work agreement for 2011-12

Teachers in the Lawrence school district are moving closer to getting pay raises for the coming school year, as they continue to seek improvements in health-insurance coverage or compensation.Negotiators for the Lawrence school district and the teachers’ union, the Lawrence Education ...

Hiratsuka students to visit sister city of Lawrence beginning Friday

A 10-day visit to the Lawrence area begins Friday for 20 students and three chaperones from Hiratsuka, Japan, one of Lawrence’s three sister cities.The visitors will stay with host families and get a close-up look at municipal services, public schools and various avenues for recreation and ...

Lawrence school district expects to make slight property-tax cut

The Lawrence school district won’t be increasing its property-tax rate for the coming school year, even as the Lawrence school board plans to restore a handful of jobs, duties and services that had been cut in recent years because of declining government contributions.And pay raises for ...

Teachers and their former students reconnect on Facebook

Angela Shuckahosee and Clenece Hills plan to meet up in a couple weeks at Free State Brewing Co. to unwind, laugh, grab a bite and enjoy a beverage.Nothing significant there, except that it’ll be just a couple weeks short of 20 years since Hills handed Shuckahosee some of the most important ...

Plans would spend contingency funds to create jobs, help special ed

Plans are emerging for the Lawrence school district to spend $3.1 million in contingency funds — essentially money kept in savings — during the next 12 months.Among them: Pump $336,768 back into some jobs and programs that had been recently cut.Specifically, members of the Lawrence school ...

School board may not have to raise taxes

Lawrence school district leaders don’t intend to boost property-tax rates to finance district operations and projects for the coming school year.At least that’s the plan.Monday night, Lawrence school board members are scheduled to set maximum levels for a package of property-tax rates to ...

Veritas Christian School honor roll for spring 2011

Veritas Christian School has announced its second-semester honor rolls.4.0 Principal’s ListSeventh GradeIsaiah Garrett and Chaeyoung Park.Eighth GradeLacey Billings, Kyra Haas and Lindsey Pratte.Ninth GradeTeri Huslig and Reese Randall.10th GradeAli Dover, Kristen Finger, Abi Bartlow, Matthew ...

Free State High School honor roll

Free State High School has announced its second-semester 2010-11 honor roll. To be eligible for the honor roll, a student must obtain at least a grade-point average of 3.5.SeniorsJeffrey Ahle, Hannah Angelone, Allison Arnold, Cassandra Barrett, Taylor Beals, Alex Becker, Dylan Bergstrom, Kelcy ...

Negotiations lead toward teacher pay raises; other details unsettled

Teachers in the Lawrence school district would get pay raises for the coming school year, but the bulk of the money wouldn’t last any longer.While negotiators for the Lawrence school district and its teachers union, the Lawrence Education Association, remain at odds over an overall master ...

Resource officer at South Middle School wins state award

It was a cloudy August morning early in the 2010-2011 school year, and Katrice Woods was in a panic.She had dropped her children off at school earlier and returned home to find her house at 1300 Del. on fire.Later, as she was working with firefighters to determine what could be salvaged, ...

Lawrence High School honor roll for spring 2011

Lawrence High School has announced its second-semester 2010-11 honor rolls. To be eligible for the honor roll, a student must obtain at least a 3.5 grade-point average.SeniorsLindsey Alderman, Ty Aldridge, Taylor Baloga, Morgan Banning, Lauren Barr, Ashley Beiter, Collin Belcher, Kristen Bell, ...

West Junior High Honor Roll for spring 2011

West Junior High School has announced its second-semester honor rolls.4.0 Honor RollNinth GradeThomas Anderson, Jessica Babler, Nana Britwum, Logan Brown, Patrick Budenbender, Canaan Campbell, Logan Cherland, Anna Craig, Alexis Czapinski, Trenton Everett, Tanna Fanshier, Hunter Fellers, Garrett ...

Central Junior High Honor Roll for spring 2011

Central Junior High School has announced its second-semester honor rolls.4.0 Principal’s Honor RollNinth GradeAmalia Barrett, Abigail Brabant, Cheyenne Culley, Gretchen Frick, Sofia Frydman, Rose Kennedy, Kathleen McCurdy, Josephine Naron, Lucy Sirimongkhon-Dyck, Andrea Stewart and Alex ...

2 Lawrence students win National Merit awards

Two students from Lawrence schools are winners in the latest round of university-financed National Merit scholarships.Reed Grabill, from Bishop Seabury Academy, and Amy Stahl, from Free State High School, are among more than 1,700 winners nationwide to receive scholarships announced Monday. ...