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In April 2021, the Lawrence school board voted to close Kennedy Elementary School to grades K-5 and use it as an early childhood development center.

In January 2022, Lawrence school district staff proposed scenarios that would involve closures and/or consolidations of multiple elementary schools and middle schools. On Feb. 14, the school board decided to take closures off the table for the coming school year, but difficult budget conversations will continue.

You can find the Times’ coverage of these issues and more on this page. Click here to jump to resources and a map of building changes that had been proposed at the bottom of this page.

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August Rudisell / The Lawrence Times

3 options for Lawrence school district budget shortfall lean on school closures, major cuts to programs and staffing

Months of work by Lawrence school district committees has resulted in three cost-saving proposals formulated by district leadership. School closures remain on the table in two options, and significant reductions to staffing and programs in all scenarios would help fill a multimillion-dollar shortfall.

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Lawrence Preservation Alliance: Schools that could face closures have rich histories (Column)

The board of directors of the Lawrence Preservation Alliance wishes to express concern about the school district’s proposed plans to close community schools, each of which has a rich history and resides in a historic building.

Click here to find out how to send a letter to the Times

Other resources

Contact Lawrence school board members
• Facebook group: Save Lawrence Neighborhood Schools
• Facebook page: Lawrence Education Justice Collective
• Website: Save Our Schools
• Lawrence Public Schools Boundary Advisory Committee page (BAC)
• Lawrence Public Schools Budget and Program Evaluation Committee page (BPEC)
• Facebook group: Save Woodlawn Elementary!
• Website: Save Our School – Woodlawn Elementary

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