K-12 Education

First Bell: West teacher elected president of Lawrence Education Association; comings and goings at South Junior High; high schoolers qualify for nationals in forensics, debate

Here are some news items and notes regarding schools in the area:The Lawrence Education Association is about to welcome a new leader.Deena Burnett, a language arts teacher at West Junior High School, has been elected to be president of the union, which has about 600 members and represents the ...

Lawrence school board says budget cuts set for now, but more may loom

Members of the Lawrence school board don’t intend to boost class sizes districtwide, or to cut entire sports programs, or to eliminate jobs for guidance counselors, school nurses or attendance secretaries.At least not yet.As plans for next year’s Lawrence school district budget take shape, ...

Lawrence Education Association asks district for additional benefits

Negotiators for the Lawrence Education Association requesting some additional benefits Wednesday for the Lawrence school district’s licensed educators during the coming year.The union, which represents more than 900 educators, formally asked that the district:• Waive standard fees for ...

2 Lawrence students win merit scholarships

Two students from Lawrence are among 2,500 students to be designated nationally as Merit Scholars by the National Merit Scholarship Corp.The winners from Lawrence:• Alex Chen-Yu Kong, of Free State High School, whose probable career field is pharmacy.• David Lawrence, of Bishop Seabury ...

West Junior High School to celebrate 50th anniversary

Students, parents, alumni, staffers and anyone else connected with West Junior High School’s past, present or future are invited to the school’s 50th anniversary celebration this Saturday.The celebration will include an open house, tours, displays and punch and cake from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. ...

Two teachers win $1,000 awards from Lawrence Schools Foundation

Two educators in the Lawrence school district are winners of awards from the Lawrence Schools Foundation, presented last month during the annual Foundation Follies:Denise Johnson, who teaches second grade at Hillcrest School, is the foundation’s Elementary Educator of the Year. “Denise has ...

Students at West Junior High look for a lesson in news of Osama bin Laden’s death

Back on that terrible day in September 2001, things sure were different for the students in Matt Frost’s civics class: The twin towers were coming down, black smoke billowed from the Pentagon, and a plane had crashed in the Pennsylvania countryside.“I remember my parents freaking out — ...

Kansas legislative committee rejects deeper cuts to school aid

Topeka ? Two attempts by several House Republicans on Monday to make deeper cuts to the state budget were rejected by a group of Democrats and other Republicans. “The governor has continued to say, ‘make cuts, make cuts,’ and that is what I’m attempting to do,” said Rep. Owen Donohoe, ...

Conservative Kansas Republicans want more cuts to schools, social services, prisons

Topeka ? Conservative Republicans on Friday sought more cuts to schools, social services and prisons.The proposal — crafted by House Appropriations Committee members Anthony Brown of Eudora, Owen Donohoe of Shawnee and Kasha Kelley of Arkansas City — would slice another $138 million from a ...

Eudora Middle School to get new principal

Eudora Middle School’s next principal will come with some high school experience.Jerry Henn, principal of Paola High School, emerged from a field of 86 applicants to become principal at the middle school.Henn will replace Rich Proffitt, who is leaving the middle school to become ...

Designing woman: Lawrence High’s Caitrin Jacobson makes her own prom dress for $25

A new prom dress for $25?Sounds like a mother’s dream come true.But Terri Jacobson didn’t see it coming. She knew her daughter, Caitrin, was on the thrifty side but she figured thrifty for prom meant $80 for a dress. Turns out, her daughter was more resourceful and thrifty than even Terri ...

First Bell: LHS entrepreneur taking her ‘Fresh Globe’ approach to state competition; WorldBeat program tonight at Pinckney School; Panthers win attendance challenge for KU women’s hoops

A few education-oriented items from around the area and elsewhere:A Lawrence High School junior is one of two business-minded students to advance to the state business plan competition for Youth Entrepreneurs of Kansas.Taylor Eubanks, the visionary behind Fresh Globe Air Freshener, will put her ...

Brownback to honor top 1 percent of Kansas high school seniors

Topeka ? Students in the top 1 percent of Kansas high school seniors will be honored this weekend at a Topeka event hosted by Gov. Sam Brownback and the state Department of Education.This is the 28th year for the Governor's Scholars Award Program, which recognizes students from public and ...