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

official Statement from Save Our Schools 497

Read our Official Statement

Honor Roll Fest
6 p.m. sunday, July 31, Replay Lounge

The spark for Honor Roll 2022 started as a show for educators who play in bands to have a last hurrah before
they report back for duty in August.

While this is still the case, we have added a sponsorship from Save Our Schools, which highlights the need for Lawrence Public Schools USD#497 to keep their neighborhood elementary and middle schools intact rather than close them because of looming budget cuts.

While schools are not being closed for the coming school
year, this is still an option for the future. Neighborhood schools are preferable because they help to create a community culture that embraces all students attending them, since not all neighborhoods have the same needs or face the same challenges. Neighborhood schools
create a sense of belonging for teachers, parents, and students that helps foster academic growth.

Feel free to contact these bands directly to get their take on what it’s like to be both a teacher and musician. The last two bands do not have teachers in them, but support the cause. The Sounds of Many are finishing a Midwest tour, and Sirens in the Suburbs is supporting the show.
This year’s line up is a stellar show featuring an eclectic group of genre-spanning bands. This event will begin at 6:00 p.m., Sunday, July 31 at the Replay Lounge and run until the end of the night. This is not a fundraiser, and there is a reason for that: Teachers spend enough time outside of their duty days making sure they are meeting their teaching expectations; their bands don’t need to do the same. However, Save Our Schools will be onsite to promote their cause and speak with attendees.
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
        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 27, 2023 2:00 AM
        110 McDonald Drive & Streaming Online
        School Board Meeting 2/27
        March 27, 2023 3:00 AM
        110 McDonald Drive & Streaming Online
        School Board Meeting 3/27
        April 10, 2023 3:00 AM
        110 McDonald Drive & Streaming Online
        School Board Meeting 4/10
        April 24, 2023 3:00 AM
        110 McDonald Drive & Streaming Online
        School Board Meeting 4/24
        May 8, 2023 3:00 AM
        110 McDonald Drive & Streaming Online
        School Board Meeting 5/8

        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


        Show your support

        Yard Signs
        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.
        MONDAY – FRIDAY    11am – 6pm
        SATURDAY    10am – 6pm
        SUNDAY    12pm – 5pm


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