The list of needed repairs at Kansas' public universities is declining amid increased spending and low bids from contractors scrambling for work.
Nearly 40 percent of regents' university buildings were built during the 1960s and 1980s when there was huge growth in higher education. With those buildings now aging and requiring major repairs, the Kansas Legislature approved funding in 2007. Federal stimulus money also was used for repairs, but from 2008 to 2011, the repair estimate grew to $904 million from $825 million.
Kiah Danielle Duggins, an International Baccalaureate senior at Wichita High School East, is the winner of Wichita State University's 2013-2014 Clay Barton Scholarship in Business. Duggins will receive $11,000 a year for four years to attend WSU.
The $44,000 Barton Scholarship is the biggest business scholarship in the state.
Duggins plans to major in international business and Spanish, and minor in political science at WSU.
A task force created by Gov. Sam Brownback to review the Kansas system for funding public schools held its final meeting Monday in Topeka.
The group was formed by Brownback to look at how funds are spent by school districts and identify areas for improving fiscal efficiency.
Brownback has said school districts should focus more of their resources on classroom instruction and find ways to reduce spending on functions that don't affect teaching. Some ideas that have been discussed are sharing administrative resources and purchasing power.
Kansas teachers and administrators are working with the state Department of Education to develop an evaluation system to measure their performance.
The evaluation system, called the Kansas Education Evaluation Protocol or "KEEP" is a pilot program being used in about two dozen districts statewide. It is part of the state's efforts to comply with the requirements of a federal waiver it received under the No Child Left Behind Act.