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Lawrence USD 497 is a school district in Kansas. Lawrence Public Schools serves 11,374 students.[1]

Website evaluation

See also: Evaluation of Kansas school district websites

This website was reviewed on November 14, 2011.

The good

  • School board members are posted with contact and term information.[2]
  • Meeting agendas and minutes are posted.[2]
  • Background check policies are posted.[3]
  • Academic performance reports are posted.[4]
  • Budget information is posted within meeting agendas.[5]
  • Tax rates are posted within the budget.[6]
  • Administrative officials are listed with contact information.[7]
  • Information and contacts for making public records requests are posted.[7]
  • According to board minutes, the district passed its 2010 audit.[8]

The bad

  • Bid opportunities are not posted.
  • Audits are not posted.


School board

Board members are elected at-large and are unpaid.[2]

2011 School Board[2]
Name Position Term
Mark Bradford President 2009-2013
Bob Byers Member 2009-2013
Keith Diaz Moore Member 2011-2015
Rick Ingram Member 2011-2015
Shannon Kimball Member 2011-2015
Randy Masten Member 2011-2015
Vanessa Sanburn Vice President 2009-2013


Lawrence's superintendent is Dr. Rick Doll.[9]


Lawrence Public Schools published its annual budget on their district website.[10]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2011-2012 $35,068,757 51.9% $9,198,039 13.6% $7,858,093 11.6% $11,993,873 17.8% $6,018,752 8.9% $67,508,413
Averages: $35,068,757 52% $9,198,039 14% $7,858,093 12% $11,993,873 18% $6,018,752 9% $67,508,413

Academic performance

Adequate yearly progress

In 2010-11, Lawrence Public Schools made AYP goals, with all student subgroups achieving AYP achievement targets.[1]

Math and reading

2010 Student Assessments in Math and Reading[1]
Grade Subject % Meeting or Exceeding Standard
3rd Math 91.0%
8th Math 84.7%
11th Math 84.9%
3rd Reading 88.2%
8th Reading 91.4%
11th Reading 90.6%

Graduation rate

Lawrence's 2010 graduation rate was 82.1%, and its dropout rate was 1.7%.[1]

College readiness

Lawrence students' average ACT scores were 23.4 in 2010, compared to a statewide average of 22.0 and a nationwide average of 21.0.[11]



In 2011, the district hired a private company to gather and present district data to help district officials make decisions about school consolidations.[12]

No Child Left Behind exemption

Lawrence Public Schools may be exempted NCLB requirements, as the Kansas State Department of Education plans to apply for a state waiver under new NCLB rules.[13]

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