K-12 Education

Thin line can separate coaching and bullying in schools

For three weeks, a Tonganoxie High School football player had been delivering unwarranted hits at practice — too much, too often and, one day in particular, too unexpected.After a quarterback protected by a green jersey had been flattened by yet another improper tackle, coach Mark Elston ...

Free State students likely to make up time lost to bomb threat

Students at Free State High School likely will be spending another couple minutes a day in class when they return from winter break, all to make up for instructional time lost when officials evacuated the school Dec. 1 following a bomb threat.Superintendent Rick Doll, told members of the ...

School board backs standards-based grades

Sixth-graders will continue to be assessed using the same standards-based grading system that’s been in place for nearly a decade in the Lawrence school district, Lawrence school board members reaffirmed Monday night.But a process designed to make the system work better — for parents, for ...

In Lawrence, anti-bullying efforts depend on the school

Consistency and equity are clear goals for the Lawrence school district, as exhibited by a number of projects, programs and initiatives:• Maintaining a core curriculum.• Striving for three-section elementaries.• Providing equal fields, concessions stands and restrooms at both high ...

Cordley, New York schools add ideas to Lawrence elementary consolidation mix

With consolidation proposals forwarded by representatives from all six Lawrence elementary schools identified for potential closure, an advisory group’s work now turns to determining which one, if any, might work in the months and years ahead.Formal submissions from representatives of Cordley ...

Giving teacher a gift? Know the rules

Teachers don’t need gifts. Don’t expect them. Can’t expect them, even.But folks wondering what to give that special educator who helps their children learn, succeed and otherwise enjoy their time in school might want to consider some advice from Kendra Metz, a teacher in the Lawrence ...

Redevelopment could complicate consolidation

Building more than 350 apartments containing nearly 1,000 bedrooms next door to The Home Depot would do more than attract plenty more college students to the base of Mount Oread.It also would send families — some with young children — looking for new places to set their mobile homes.Two ...

District learns from bomb threat notification delays

Turns out that when an emergency situation actually is an emergency situation, the Lawrence school district should use its emergency notification system to get the word out to families affected by the emergency itself.That’s the lesson taken from the district’s inability to directly notify ...

School board to receive report on standards-based grading

Looks like it’s time for members of the Lawrence school board to determine what, if any, new direction to take regarding the use of standards-based grading for sixth-graders.Board members are scheduled to receive a report Monday night from Rick Doll, superintendent of the Lawrence school ...

Kennedy School representative on school consolidation: ‘Pick us’

As representatives from three schools targeted for potential consolidation pointed out the strengths of their school’s programs, advisability of their locations and community strengths of their programs — all with an eye toward justifying each school’s very survival — Dawn Shew wasn’t ...

Private college presidents see modest boost in pay

As the economy staggered, private college presidents enjoyed modest raises and saw the ranks of those making at least $1 million swell from 33 to 36 — including the president of a West Virginia school that’s facing accreditation problems and has one of the worst official graduation rates in ...

New building to combine Kennedy, N.Y. schools would face a complicated path

Scenarios for school consolidationHere are four scenarios for school consolidation set to be discussed Monday evening by the Central and East Lawrence Elementary School Consolidation Working Group, which meets at 7 p.m. at Lawrence school district headquarters, 110 McDonald Drive:• ...