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Free Press Online

The student-run news site of Lawrence Free State High School

Free Press Online

The student-run news site of Lawrence Free State High School

Free Press Online

Helping senior Talyn Nichols, social studies teacher Blake Swenson juggles the workload of a teacher. With recent budget concerns, Swenson stayed frozen at step 4 on the salary schedule rather than moving to step 6 to increase his base pay this year.

NEWS: Teachers Juggle Pay Freezes, Increased Class Sizes, and Workload

Alicia Narum October 6, 2022

While any job has its own set of challenges, a poll from the nation’s largest teachers union said 55% of teachers are hoping to leave education earlier than planned. Locally, since the start of the...

People gather outside of district office to protest possible library staff cuts.

NEWS BRIEF: Board Meeting on March 28

Allison Mayhew and Natasha Torkzaban March 29, 2022

Yesterday, the USD 497 Board of Education decided to cut two library media specialists and implement $6.4 million worth of other budget cuts. The new proposal will instead cut only two certified library...

NEWS BRIEF: School Board Vows to Keep Buildings Open

Olivia Nagel and Allison Mayhew February 14, 2022

During tonight’s USD 497 Board of Education meeting, members announced that closing schools for the upcoming school year will not be a consideration.  "The proposals in front of us are not the right...

NEWS BRIEF: Possible Gymnastics Program Cut

Jake Hedges and Isis Norris December 7, 2021

The FireLions gymnastics team is in danger of being shut down, according to executive director of communications Julie Boyle. The proposal is in part to make up for the district’s $2 million budget...

When Kansas Governor Sam Brownback announced his plan to cut the states education budget, criticisms arose from all across the country. The track record that they have had showed that the district weathered pretty good the last round of cuts. To have an education system wholesale turned upside down, I don’t think that would happen.” Principal Ed West said.

Governor Sam Brownback introduces plan to cut school funding

Kenneth Palmer, Copy Editor March 6, 2015

A MoveOn Petition to “Recall Sam Brownback” with upwards of 30,000 signatures from all over the country, a New York Times article questioning the state’s financial plan and plenty of other national...

Lost: Teachers

emma machell May 18, 2010

At the end of a school year more than just seniors will be leaving Free State. Teachers are leaving as well. Some are leaving due to district budget cuts, some are leaving because they have found new opportunities...

“It takes a lot of numbers to add up to four million.”

ryan loecker February 17, 2010

Even though we are already seeing some effects of budget cuts, "The worst of the decisions are being made now, but the impact won't be felt until next year," according to principal West. While the board...

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