K-12 Education

Out of junior high, Lawrence freshmen line up for high school sports

Athletics rosters are expanding with young talent at Free State and Lawrence high schools, now that freshmen are enrolled for the first time as full-fledged high schoolers.As both schools open their athletics seasons this week — the Lions fielded their Fall Sports Jamboree on Wednesday night, ...

Crowding complaints follow freshmen onto Lawrence high school campuses

Nyle Anderson hears plenty of whispers — some louder than others — in the halls of Free State High School.Freshmen are too small to be here.Freshmen are too young to be here.Freshmen are too immature to be here.He refuses to accept such nonsense, of course, but there is one complaint ...

School board ready to seek volunteer advice

The Lawrence school district is on track to assemble an array of experts to provide advice in budgeting, facilities planning and possibly other complicated and far-reaching topics and issues that require spending money or otherwise allocating valuable resources and attention.And, as school ...

School board to mull call for Facilities Advisory Committee

Already faced with a list of repair, renovation and reconstruction projects expected to cost more than $10 million, members of the Lawrence school board know they’ll face difficult decisions in the months and years ahead when it comes to upgrading the district’s elementary schools.Monday ...

Air conditioning problems reported at Broken Arrow, New York, South Middle schools

Power flashes and other power disruption have led to problems in with the air conditioners at three schools in Lawrence, the Lawrence school district announced Friday.At New York School, there is a partial air conditioning outage and a total phone service outage. Broken Arrow and South Middle ...

District hopes new teachers ease classroom crunches

Classrooms by the numbersAverage number of students in each class in the Lawrence school district, expressed by grade, and largest and smallest classrooms and their schools as of Thursday:• Kindergarten: 20, ranging from 16 at Kennedy and New York to 24 at Schwegler.• First: 19.5, ranging ...

Lawrence school district looking at Finnish anti-bullying program

The Lawrence school district is embracing an effort by Kansas University researchers to translate an anti-bullying program from Finland into U.S. schools.The project, led by KU’s Center for Research Methods and Data Analysis and the School of Social Welfare, will be analyzed by teachers in ...

Lawrence middle schools welcome seventh-graders as ‘middle’ students

Anton Bratton cracks a grin, confident he’s not the youngest guy in school.Cameron Stussie’s got his own digits down — having already memorized his locker number, location and combination.And Kansas Gibler? The seventh-grader managed to shake off her jitters, moving from door to ...

Former Eudora Middle School razed

Eudora ? A piece of Eudora history was torn down this week.The old Eudora Middle School, at 10th and Main streets, which was constructed in the 1940s, was bulldozed. Once all materials are removed from the site, the land will be split among the city of Eudora, the school district and the ...

Lawrence school board debates consolidation effort

Board OKs budget, raises for employees Among items approved Monday by members of the Lawrence school board:• A $138.5 million spending plan for the 2011-12 academic year, backed by a property-tax rate that will cost the owner of a $150,000 home, for example, $973.43.• A master agreement ...

Raises, budget up for approval at school board

Pay increases for Lawrence school district employees are in the works, as a $138.5 million spending plan goes up for approval Monday night.Members of the Lawrence school board plan to conduct a public hearing at 6:30 p.m. before formally approving their annual budget for 2011-12. The hearing ...

School board member questions report

As a new member of the Lawrence school board, Rick Ingram wants to be sure a set of volunteer advisers is working with proper information when it comes to grappling with the future of elementary schools in the district.He worries that the information being used as a foundation for future ...

Lighted LHS sign approved

The Lawrence Sign Code Board of Appeals approved a variance Thursday night to permit completion of a new illuminated scoreboard enclosure at the Lawrence High School football stadium.The six-member board unanimously agreed to grant an exception to city rules that would have required ...