Save our Schools

Remember, this is about all of the kids and teens, our teachers, and our staff who support them in our school district. This is about our vibrant neighborhoods, businesses, and community. This is not about one school vs. another, and it is not about saving schools at the sacrifice of teachers. We are working to break down as much of the “us vs. them” and the “win-lose” divisiveness to show how we can all work together to create something bigger than our individual schools and neighborhoods.
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usd 497 - lawrence, kansas
#SaveOurSchools497
We walked In Their Shoes!
Special thank you to Carole Cadue-Blackwood, GR Gordon-Ross, and all the students, parents, teachers, and community members for walking with us!
See the documentation from the walks
      WE NOW HAVE (A LITTLE) MORE TIME
        Help save Broken Arrow, Hillcrest, Liberty Memorial Central Middle School, New York, Pinckney, and Woodlawn Elementary that are on the proposed school closing scenarios list.

        rally for a living wage & a strong contract for classified staff!

        Join us at 4:15 p.m. on Monday, May 16 at 110 McDonald Drive for a rally to support the amazing classified staff at USD 497. All supporters are invited to stay to support them in negotiations. This is a family-friendly rally. For more details, check out the great article from the LHS Budget here: https://lhsbudget.com/.../usd-497s-classified-staff.../...

        Text from image "IMMEDIATE ACTION! RALLY FOR CLASSIFIED STAFF!" Our classified staff need your help! The classified staff union PAL/CWA is currently in negotiations with the district and needs our support!

        SHOW CLASSIFIED STAFF OUR LOVE!

        Join us at 4:15 pm on Monday, May 16 at 110 McDonald Drive before the negotiation meeting. Bring signs or make signs there. Negotiations are open to the public, stay and show your support!

        WEAR RED FOR ED!

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        Upcoming Events

        May 23, 2022 6:00 PM
        In-person at 110 McDonald Drive or Online
        School Board Meeting
        Streaming Link
        Send an email to PublicComment@usd497.org before 6 p.m. the day of the meeting or sign-up in person to provide a public comment.
        June 13, 2022 6:00 PM
        In-person at 110 McDonald Drive or Online
        School Board Meeting
        Streaming Link
        Send an email to PublicComment@usd497.org before 6 p.m. the day of the meeting or sign-up in person to provide a public comment.
        June 27, 2022 6:00 PM
        In-person at 110 McDonald Drive or Online
        School Board Meeting
        Streaming Link
        Send an email to PublicComment@usd497.org before 6 p.m. the day of the meeting or sign-up in person to provide a public comment.

        USD 497 School Board Meetings

        Typically occur the second and fourth Mondays of the month. You can view the live stream and past recordings here: 
        USD 497 School Board YouTube

        Budget and Program Evaluation Committee (BPEC)Meetings

        bpec committee page

        Boundary Advisory Committee

        Boundary committee pagePast Live StreamPresentation DeckBoundary Proposals

        Timeline

        Show your support

        T-Shirts
        Yard Signs
        Buttons
        DM us on Instagram about buttons. T-shirts and yard signs available at River Rat Skate Shop, 608 N 2nd St, Lawrence, KS 66044. Everyone can have a shirt, regardless of donation, and suggested donation is $5-$10. Limited youth sizes up to 3X.
        OPEN:
        MONDAY – FRIDAY    11am – 6pm
        SATURDAY    10am – 6pm
        SUNDAY    12pm – 5pm
        riverratks.com

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        Join our Discord group

        SOS 497 Public Discord Group
        Created by parents of USD 497 students.
        Email saveourschools497@gmail.com for more information.
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