K-12 Education

Lawrence school district told to spend savings

Board elects officersWith four new members sworn into office, the Lawrence school board elected two incumbent members as officers for 2011-12.Mark Bradford, who received the most votes in the 2009 board election, will serve as president. Vanessa Sanburn, who finished second in the 2009 ...

Cafeteria needs up for school board approval

Four new members of the Lawrence school board will get an opportunity to approve some new purchases to accommodate new students arriving at recently reconfigured schools for the upcoming school year.Monday night, board members will consider spending nearly $64,000 on new tables and chairs to be ...

15th St. may not be great divide

Although a portion of the street’s name has changed, the line splitting attendance areas for Lawrence’s two public high schools remains the same as it’s always been.But the overall number and characteristics of students on each side of the dividing line — 15th Street/Bob Billings ...

Southwest Junior High honor roll for spring 2011

Southwest Junior High School has announced its second semester honor roll.Principal’s List: 3.8 and aboveSeventh gradeAshley Ammann, Jordan Angermuller, Caroline Baloga, Hayley Boden, Sydney Bollinger, Domino Brewer, Brianna Burenheide, Cameron Byerley, Brett Carey II, Isis Carter, Tucker ...

Teachers lower request for raises

Negotiators for teachers in the Lawrence school district are inching closer to the district’s position on salary offers for the coming school year.But both sides admittedly have a long way to go, as the Lawrence school board welcomes a new majority of members next week.Thursday evening, ...

Lawrence school district plans to add online classes to help prevent dropouts

Students on the brink of dropping out of school will be given another reason to stay on campus for the new year.The Lawrence school district plans to add an online curriculum at both Free State and Lawrence high schools, a course structure designed to give such students the focus, freedom and ...

Plenty of work awaits new Lawrence school board

Test scores are up. Four-year high schools and four “new” middle schools are about to open. Operations are streamlining, career pathways are expanding and results-oriented discussions regarding race are continuing.And there’s more to come, said Rick Doll, superintendent of the Lawrence ...

Tonganoxie hires Randy Weseman as interim superintendent

A retired Lawrence school superintendent is heading to Tonganoxie to replace that district’s superintendent, who recently accepted an administrative position with the Lawrence school district.The Tonganoxie school board hired longtime Lawrence educator and administrator Randy Weseman by a 7-0 ...

Lawrence High School names new assistant principal

Lawrence High School will start the next school year with a new assistant principal.Mark Preut, who is finishing his sixth year as a junior/senior high principal in the Atchison County Community Schools in Effingham, will assume the full-time position at Lawrence High created by the Lawrence ...

Kansas Head Start Association names Lori Alvarado as new executive director

The Kansas Head Start Association will welcome a new executive director to its Lawrence headquarters Aug. 1.Lori Alvarado, who served for the past three years as a regional director for the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services, will take over for Mary Baskett, who is retiring ...

Parents consider contracting school buses with their own money

Two years after the Lawrence school district put a stop to extended bus service by slashing its transportation budget, some parents hope to bring the familiar yellow buses back to their neighborhoods.With their own money.At least two elementaries — Schwegler and Sunflower — are poised to ...

Mike Wildgen, former city manager, serving as chairman of school consolidation group

Having already helped steer some community cornerstones through tumultuous times, Mike Wildgen is ready to help the Lawrence school district’s newest group of volunteer advisers figure out how to consolidate schools, close schools, upgrade schools or even build new schools.Wildgen, who spent ...

Lawrence students meet ‘adequate yearly progress’ on standardized tests

Room for improvementEven with districtwide improvement on assessment tests, the Lawrence school district remains designated as “on improvement” in the eyes of government officials.The district received the designation last year, because it failed to meet “adequate yearly progress” ...

Departing school board members offer thoughts on their tenures

The Lawrence school board is about to lose a majority of its members, their terms ending after four, eight, even 20 years of service.Heading into their final meeting — set for 7 p.m. Monday at district headquarters, 110 McDonald Drive — here are some parting thoughts from Mary Loveland, ...

New Free State High School band uniforms up for approval

Members of the marching band at Free State High School would get new uniforms for the coming year under a bid package up for approval Monday night by the Lawrence school board.The district would buy 200 replacement uniforms for the band, hiring Fruhauf Uniforms Inc. to make new ones for ...

Lawrence school consolidation group breaks the ice at first meeting

Members of a volunteer group poised to reshape the future of elementary schools in the Lawrence school district shared vivid memories of their own elementary school careers during an organizational meeting Thursday night at district headquarters.Among the disclosures during a trust-building ...

Lawrence school district offers to boost some teachers’ salaries

The Lawrence school district is willing to boost salaries for teachers who take additional classes and earn additional degrees but isn’t prepared to lift all teachers’ salaries beyond a $500 across-the-board raise proposed in recent weeks.At least not yet.Thursday night, negotiators for the ...

Glass broken in Kennedy School front door

A staff member at Kennedy School, 1605 Davis Road, discovered late Tuesday night the glass in the school’s main entrance door had been shattered, and the school made a report with Lawrence police, said Julie Boyle, a Lawrence school district spokeswoman.

High school students get training at KU’s Kansas Journalism Institute

It was lights, camera and action Wednesday as Gian Wessel and Grace Bueckendorf sat at the virtual anchor desk at Kansas University’s KUJH-TV.The potential future anchor duo from Wildwood, Mo., taped a newscast wrapping up the Kansas Journalism Institute, a weeklong camp training the next ...