The Lincoln Board of Education held a work session and a regular meeting on Tuesday, December 13 at Lincoln Public Schools District Office, 5905 O St. The Board will hold its next meeting Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017 at 6 p.m.
BOARD WORK SESSSION Highlights
LPS 10-year Facilities and Infrastructure Plan
Imagine four new elementary schools, two new middle schools and new high school space in some form – as part of the next decade at Lincoln Public Schools.
Those possibilities, and much more, were introduced at a Lincoln Board of Education work session Tuesday as the beginning of a conversation about what should be identified as priorities for facilities and infrastructure in the next 10 years for our school district.
Lanny Boswell, chair of the Board of Education Planning Committee, said the Planning Committee has spent the last several months reviewing enrollment trends, student demographics, the city’s comprehensive plan – has taken city growth tours to study the hot spot development areas of Lincoln. “This work session is the beginning of a lengthy conversation, an introduction of the needs in our school district.”
In fact, the work session was only the first of what will be a Board and community discussion in updating what is known as the “LPS 10-Year Facilities and Infrastructure Plan” – a document that guides the development of schools, additions, renovations, infrastructure and more.
“We are proud that this school district has been frugal and smart in developing facilities over the years,” said Scott Wieskamp, director of Facilities and Maintenance at LPS.
The document draft discussed Tuesday – which is only an introduction for discussion – identified more than $486 million in facility and infrastructure needs in the school district. The 10-year plan is meant to identify all needs, Wieskamp said, but stressed that these projects are not yet funded.
The 10-year draft identified a group of possible priorities for the next decade that mostly target student growth, including:
Other “tiers” of needs include:
The Plan also includes a potential $38 million in infrastructure costs that includes items such as roof replacement, windows, flooring, basics in playground equipment, parking lot paving, etc. “We look at infrastructure costs as protecting our investment,” Wieskamp said. “We have a great preventative maintenance program….and maintaining our buildings is just as important as building a new building to accommodate kids.”
The LPS 10-Year Facilities and Infrastructure document was last completely updated in December, 2013 prior to the February 2014 bond issue. The process for updating the plan will involve at least one or two more work sessions – and possibly more.
BOARD MEETING Highlights
Several significant grants approved
The Board of Education approved two grant applications:
Policy changes proposed
The Board heard proposed changes in policies related to Community Relations including distribution of community service materials, and use of students for non-school projects. The changes will be approved at the Jan. 10 meeting.
United Way proposal
The Board of Education considered the submission of a proposal to United Way of Lincoln and Lancaster County to support the Two Generation Family Literacy Program in the amount of approximately $30,000 for a one-year funding cycle. The evidence-based Family Literacy model followed by LPS includes the following four components:
The Board will vote final approval at the Jan. 10 meeting.
Strategic Plan update
Everyone is encouraged to participate in the ongoing strategic planning process – online for about one more week – by taking the survey at:http://www.lps.org/strategicplan/
Staff and Student Celebrations
A Student Celebration at the Board of Education meeting recognized one of the many generous activities at Lincoln Public Schools. As part of the broaderCommunity OutReach program at Irving Middle School – Irving science and social studies teacher Kate Larson presents her students with something called theActs of Kindness Challenge. Presenters Tuesday included Irving teacher Kate Larson and Irving sixth grade students: Maude Kilmer, Graceyn Anderson, Nick Herbin and Adrianna Ambrocio.
The Board also noted two Staff Celebrations, recognizing Lorinda Rice, curriculum specialist for Visual Art in Lincoln Public Schools, honored with the State Supervision and Administration Award by the Nebraska Art Teachers Association; and Jocelyn Lippincott Reiss, art teacher at Lincoln North Star High School, named the State Secondary Art Teacher of the Year by the Nebraska Art Teachers Association.
Published: December 13, 2016, Updated: December 13, 2016