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

Community Meeting
4:30 - 6:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 30
The Roost, 920 Massachusetts Street

Please join us to discuss concerns about the district's current financial situation and proposed budget reductions, as well as ideas on how we can better support our teachers and students and demand fiscal responsibility and transparency. The goal of this meeting it to:
  1. Review data and input provided by teachers and district staff.
  2. Discuss and create concise priorities for a message to the school district.
  3. Set rally dates and times, review promotional poster, and create materials.
Please come with a mindset of providing solutions. This is a safe space to share ideas and concerns.
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.

        Upcoming Events

        February 13, 2023 6:00 PM
        110 McDonald Drive & Streaming Online
        School Board Meeting 2/13
        February 27, 2023 6:00 PM
        110 McDonald Drive & Streaming Online
        School Board Meeting 2/27
        March 27, 2023 6:00 PM
        110 McDonald Drive & Streaming Online
        School Board Meeting 3/27
        April 10, 2023 6:00 PM
        110 McDonald Drive & Streaming Online
        School Board Meeting 4/10
        April 24, 2023 6:00 PM
        110 McDonald Drive & Streaming Online
        School Board Meeting 4/24

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