Lawrence Board of Education
The community elects seven citizens from the Lawrence school district to serve as at-large members of the board of education. Each board member serves a four-year term without salary. The board's primary duties include setting educational policy, approving the district's budget, and hiring and evaluating the superintendent.
The board meets twice monthly, generally on the second and fourth Mondays of the month. These public meetings begin at 6 p.m. at the district's Educational Support Center, 110 McDonald Drive. Board meetings are televised LIVE on LPS TV 26 (available on Midco with a cable box). Patrons may watch a live stream of board meetings or view meeting videos in the online archive.
*While the Board meets online for health and safety reasons, patrons who wish to comment during board meetings should email PatronCommentary@usd497.org anytime prior to the Patron Commentary time on the agenda. Patrons will be provided a WebEx link to join the videoconference via phone or computer audio/camera system. If patrons prefer, they may submit written comments that will be read by the board president during the meeting.
The following applies to when the board returns to in-person meetings:
The school board appreciates patrons taking the time to talk to the board about its policies and procedures. The board sets aside Audience Participation time during every meeting to hear from the public. This is the public's time to share opinions, but the board asks that patrons please avoid making comments of a personal nature about any district employee or student, including the use of personal names. The board also requests that patrons remain civil when speaking and/or listening.
While patrons are not required to share their contact information, the board asks that they complete a sign-in sheet in some manner (initials, random numbers or letters, etc.) in order to be recognized. A patron's contact information, however, is helpful in order to follow up with any specific concerns shared. In such cases, a board member, the superintendent, or another staff member may be in touch with the patron to refer concerns to the appropriate administrator for investigation. At that time, the board encourages patrons to share as many details relative to the specific concerns as possible.
If several patrons have the same comments to make, the board asks that they appoint one individual to state the group's collective comments.
The board also asks that patrons limit comments to five minutes.
Thank you for sharing your thoughts about district policies and procedures with the board.
Melissa Johnson, President913-940-1730
email@example.comKelly Jones, Vice President785-764-1465785-550-7620GR Gordon-Ross785-813-1769
GR.firstname.lastname@example.orgErica Hill620-727-5355Written correspondence may be sent to board members in care of the Board Clerk at USD 497, 110 McDonald Drive, Lawrence, KS 66044.