K-12 Education

Lawrence elementary school consolidation group to begin work Thursday

Members of a new community group will be getting a clear sense of direction this week as they start work on recommendations for how to shrink the roster of elementary schools in the Lawrence school district.Whether their assigned tasks result in new directions in the coming months remains to be ...

Lawrence high schools expand elective course offerings

Higher enrollmentsHere are the categories of electives offered at Free State and Lawrence high schools and the number of students — in grades 10 through 12 — enrolled in each for the coming year, in comparison to totals for 2010-11:• Health careers: 182, up 146 percent from 74.• ...

Lawrence teachers make case for wage, benefit boost

Negotiators representing more than 900 educators in the Lawrence school district are pushing back against their administrative bosses, arguing that teachers and other licensed personnel deserve larger raises and better benefits than they’ve been offered.And the Lawrence Education Association ...

Ceremony recognizes graduates of Lawrence GED preparation program

With the turn of a tassel, it was over.Chris Wilson and 24 other students put the finishing touches on their graduation from the Lawrence Public Schools’ Adult Learning Center on Thursday night at Free State High School.Wilson, a 28-year-old Lawrence resident, was one of two graduate speakers ...

Free State High School marching band to get new uniforms

Free State High School’s marching band will get new uniforms for the coming year.Monday night, members of the Lawrence school board agreed to pursue bids for buying 200 uniforms to replace the school’s 14-year-old originals. Estimated cost: $105,000.“If we are going to have programs, we ...

Lawrence school board open to discussing Lawrence High-Free State boundary change

The boundary that divides Free State and Lawrence high schools may not be going anywhere anytime soon, but officials who decide such matters are at least willing to discuss alternatives.Monday night, several members of the Lawrence school board — including two of the three who will remain in ...

School boundary issues draw attention

When it comes to the long-standing boundary separating Free State and Lawrence high schools, members of the Lawrence school board intend to start asking questions that someday could lead to answers.Monday night, board members are scheduled to discuss several aspects of school attendance areas. ...

Benefits of preschool last into adulthood, study says

Chicago ? Preschool has surprisingly enduring benefits lasting well into adulthood, according to one of the biggest, longest follow-up studies of its kind.Better jobs, less drug abuse and fewer arrests are among advantages found in the study that tracked more than 1,000 low-income, mostly black ...

Lawrence district, teachers at odds over raises

The Lawrence school district wants to pay its teachers another $500 for the coming school year, a one-time raise that would be paid in December using money the district expects to save from reduced costs on health insurance.The offer came Wednesday night from the district’s negotiating team ...

Lawrence schools catch up on construction projects during summer break

School’s out for summer, opening up space for construction and remodeling crews to move in.Workers both employed and hired by the Lawrence school district are fanning out across the district, handling jobs large and small before students return to their respective classrooms and campuses in ...

Lawrence High School teacher injured in St. Louis crash still in serious condition

A Lawrence High School teacher remains listed in serious condition at a St. Louis hospital Wednesday after he was injured in an accident last week in Collinsville, Ill.Laura Keller, a St. Louis University Hospital spokeswoman, said David Platt, 44, an LHS social studies teacher, remained in ...

Free State High School scholarship winners

Ashley Abbott: Mei Mei Montgomery Memorial Scholarship.Jeffrey Ahle: President’s Award for Educational Excellence, Kansas State Scholar, University of Kansas Freshman Achievement Scholarship, Army ROTC Tuition and Books Scholarship.Hannah Angelone: President’s Award for Educational ...

Lawrence High School scholarship winners

Ty C. Aldridge: Robert Barr Lawrence Breakfast Optimist Scholarship.Taylor E. Baloga: Del Fambrough Memorial Scholarship, Merit Scholarship, Weston Noble Music Scholarship.Morgan F. Banning: H.C. Stuart Memorial Scholarship, Jim Yowell Lawrence Breakfast Optimists Scholarship, Presidential ...

Free State High School Class of 2011 graduates

Ashley Rose Abbott, Jeffrey Patrick Ahle, Dillon C. Allen, Asa Marie Alonge, Rebecca Elizabeth Anderson, Hannah Marie Angelone, Allison Ann Arnold, Emma Ray Bader, Colin Henry Arndt Bain, Tyler Baker, Cassandra M. Barrett, Taylor C. Beals, Alex C. Becker, Dylan Phetsagrat Bergstrom, Trevor ...

Free State High School’s class of 2011 takes graduation in stride

Elated, anxious or indifferent, the nearly 300 graduates of Free State High School managed to celebrate the completion of their secondary educations Sunday.Now it’s up to them to decide where to go, what to do and how to build on the lessons learned while attending the school in northwest ...