LAWRENCE EDUCATION ACHIEVEMENT PARTNERS
A strong educational
system is the foundation of a prosperous community. Recognizing this,
the Lawrence Public Schools and the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce collaborated
to form the Lawrence Business/Education Partnership in 1993.
After 10 successful
years, we changed the name to Lawrence Education Achievement Partners
(LEAP) to recognize the wide range of organizations involved and our
shared commitment to supporting student achievement.
LEAP establishes mutually beneficial partnerships between community businesses/organizations
and schools that enrich learning by sharing knowledge, time, and resources.
Partnership activities are tailored to the needs and resources of each school
- The School Business
Task force took on the charge to identify a means through which the
Lawrence Public Schools and the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce could
cooperatively prepare a well-qualified workforce. To assess the community’s
vision for this joint venture, the task force surveyed teachers,
administrators, businesses, parents, students, elected officials,
and other chambers and school districts.
- Based on the
survey results, the Lawrence Public Schools formed a partnership
with the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce called the Lawrence Business/Education
- In 1993, the Partnership
hired its first Director and formed a Board of Directors.
- In 1994, the
Partnership launched the program with 20 Business/Education Partners.
By the spring of 1998, we had grown to 93.
- In 2003, we changed
our name to Lawrence Education Achievement Partners (LEAP) to recognize
the wide range of organizations involved and our commitment to supporting
- On January 1, 2007, LEAP and the Lawrence Schools Foundation created an alliance. They will each remain seperate organizations, with seperate boards and financial reports, but will share staff. Together they plan to build relationships and resources.
- On January 1, 2009, the Lawrence Schools Foundation and LEAP merged, adding a four-member LEAP Council to the Foundation Board of Trustees.
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