1. LPS Opens new District Offices to community – For more information: Mary Kay Roth, director of Communications, email@example.com
Hundreds and hundreds of Lincoln citizens visited, took tours and had a glimpse of the new Lincoln Public Schools District Office at 5905 O St. at the Community House Sunday, Sept. 16. Tour guides emphasized that the new education center was a reflection of the value our community places on public education.
General facts: LPS District Office houses many of the essential, district-wide services that support teaching and learning throughout our community. The new 100,000-square-foot, three-story building is located on the same site as the old one, which burned to the ground in a 2011 Memorial Day fire. The development now includes a Whole Foods and four other retail stores. The $18.75 million headquarters was paid for with insurance proceeds, proceeds from the sale of a portion of the land, a contribution by Continuum Development for site preparation, and about $757,000 from the school district’s building and depreciation funds.
2. LPS now live streaming Board of Education meetings – For more information: Mary Kay Roth, director of Communications, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Lincoln Board of Education met for the first time in the brand new School Board Room at the new LPS District Office – for the Board’s Sept. 10 meeting.
The new Board room now allows LPS to live stream all the Board meetings: Go to the front of the LPS webpage at the time of the Board meeting – www.lps – and click on the appropriate icon. Going forward, citizens can view Board meetings in at least three ways: live streaming, watching the program on public educational access channel 80, or watching replays on the video center on the LPS website.
The next School Board meeting is 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24.
3. Sherrill dedication set for Oct. 6 – For more information: Mary Kay Roth, director of Communications, email@example.com
The official Dedication and Open House for the new Donald D. Sherrill Educational Center – 340 N. 56 St. – is set for 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6. The facility houses the program for elementary and middle school students with behavioral disabilities.
4. LPStudentServe encourages civic responsibility – For more information: Randy Ernst, firstname.lastname@example.org
The completely student-organized, district-wide event, LPStudentServe, is back in 2013 with a few changes. Instead of a single Saturday service day, StudentServe day has changed to StudentServe Week (September 23rd to 28th) to increase flexibility and to accommodate busy schedules.
High school students are provided opportunities to volunteer in the community each day during September 23rd to the 28th. Elementary and middle school students will volunteer at their own schools.
LPStudentServe is an initiative committed to instilling civic responsibility and preserving democratic ideology in students by promoting behaviors of good citizenship in their local, national and global communities.
In order to sign up and participate in StudentServe Week, visit wp.lps.org/studentserve. You can sign up to volunteer one day of the week or go all out and volunteer everyday.
5. Elliott and Home Depot team up to create bookcases – For more information: Zachary Baehr, email@example.com
Elliott Elementary School third graders are receiving bookcases for their homes – a need for many Elliott families – as part of a school and business partnership.
On a Saturday morning early in September, employees from the Home Depot on North 27th Street arrived to work with Elliott teachers, administrators, parents and students to build over 70 bookcases. The materials were donated by Home Depot.
The students and families learned basic building skills, and were reminded about the importance of reading to students at home.
Philip Voigt, instructional coach at Elliott, said: “I have been overwhelmed by the generosity of both Home Depot and other business to make this project come to life and to provide more opportunities for the students of Elliott to improve their reading skills.”
6. Moving onward with documents for Career Academy – For more information: John Neal, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Lincoln Board of Education has discussed proposed documents related to the development of a High School Career Academy including a potential interlocal agreement between LPS and Southeast Community College.
The Board of Education has approved commitment to a High School Career Academy – a high school facility that would feature blocks of career-related classes that match the specific employment and job needs of our community. The Academy would provide opportunities for students who are planning to go on to college, or who are looking into more immediate careers and employment – helping them plan for their lives after high school.
The necessary documents to continue establishing a Career Center are:
- An interlocal agreement between LPS and SCC creating a 50-50 joint venture for a new career academy facility to be located on the SCC Lincoln campus. The agreement provides for SCC to construct the new facility with LPS to serve as the owner’s representative during the construction process. Among its various other terms, the agreement is contingent on: (a) LPS being able to obtain financing for the project; and (b) SCC and LPS being able to obtain funding and/or in-kind commitments from acceptable business or industry partners for the project. These contingencies must be satisfied by June 1, 2014, or the agreement is null and void.
- An owner’s representative agreement between LPS and SCC.
- An architect/engineer’s agreement with Bahr-Vermeer-Haecker (BVH) and Engineering Technologies, Inc. (ETI) – to develop early renderings of a facility.
- A resolution agreeing to split the costs of the selected architect/engineering firm 50-50 with SCC.