- Board of Education considers tentative 2015-16 contract agreement – For more information: Eric Weber, email@example.com
The Lincoln Board of Education has discussed a tentative contract with teachers for a one-year agreement for the 2015-16 school year – reached by the Lincoln Education Association and Lincoln Public Schools. The Board conducted the first reading of the contract at the Jan. 13 meeting and will take action at the Jan. 27 Board meeting.
The proposed agreement represents both judicious stewardship and providing fair compensation for excellent educators – with the goal of maintaining a fine school district, according to Steve Joel, superintendent of LPS, Jenni Benson, president of the LEA, and Kathy Danek, chair of the Board of Education’s Finance Committee. The contract – approved by 94 percent of LEA membership – provides a total package increase of 3.25 percent for the 2015-16 school year. That percentage includes salary increases; increased health insurance costs; and increases in Social Security and retirement costs.
- Thank you teacher– For more information: Mary Kay Roth, firstname.lastname@example.org
Please take time to nominate your favorite teacher for the annual
Thank You Teacher event – held in honor of Nebraska Teacher Recognition Day on Tuesday, March 3. Anyone who lives in Lincoln/Lancaster County can nominate a teacher in any of five categories – the deadline to nominate is Friday, Feb. 20. Go to the front of the LPS website for more information.
- Portraits of a Movement – For more information: Pete Ferguson, email@example.com.
Schoo Middle School eighth-grade artists have created and are showcasing what they are calling, “Portraits of a Movement, “art pieces that reflect selected local and national individuals who have supported the Civil Rights movement. The showcase will be displayed throughout Lincoln in February at LPS District Office, the State Capitol, the City Libraries, the Clyde Malone Community Center and Schoo Middle School. The artwork will then be auctioned off with proceeds going to Schoo as well as the annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Youth Rally and March.
- Technology moves forward – For more information: Kirk Langer, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Board of Education has approved a Technology Resolution that directs LPS staff to develop a comprehensive technology plan within existing funding parameters that will: provide for appropriate staffing, propose sufficient professional development and provide greatly expanded access to technology district-wide all in support of student learning. The initial plan will be presented to the Board no later than March 1, 2015 – and will be reviewed annually. Board member Kathy Danek stressed: “Technology does not drive curriculum – curriculum will drive the use of technology.”
- Learning Lunch Jan. 20 – For more information: Mary Kay Roth, email@example.com
The January Learning Lunch is set for 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, Jan 20, and will feature Randy Farmer, supervisor of the Pathfinder Education Program, speaking about “Educating Youth in Detention.” This year’s Learning Lunches focus on “Untold Stories” of LPS in the second annual series of bring-your-own-lunch presentations. Lunches are all held in the Board Room at LPS District Office, 5905 O St. Doors to the Board Room open at noon, the program begins at 12:15 p.m., questions-and-answers happen at 12:45 p.m.