- Preliminary 2016-17 budget unveiled – For more information: Liz Standish, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Lincoln Board of Education has started working through the process of considering and finalizing the 2016-17 preliminary budget for Lincoln Public Schools. The Board will gather feedback and input from the community over the next months, further discuss the budget and plan to approve the final LPS budget in August.
The budget addresses a variety of factors:
- Providing appropriate staffing, services, supplies and resources to address significant growth in LPS student enrollment. LPS estimates an increase of 950 more students for 2016-17 – following a growth of 7,500 students in the past ten years – growth that means LPS will teach almost 41,000 students in the coming school year.
- Addressing the growing complexity of the demographics and needs of LPS students.
- Serving our students in a changing landscape of providing the highest quality education, for instance, planning for specific increases in areas such as regular education, technology and special education.
Highlights of the preliminary budget include:
- Taking into consideration Lincoln’s taxpayers and the current economics of the community, the school district estimates a very slight decrease in the total LPS tax levy. That means the estimated property tax rate will remain almost flat – moving half a cent levy from the General Fund to the Building Fund. (Building Fund money can be used for site acquisition and improvements, purchasing existing facilities, and modification and updating of existing facilities.) The 2016-17 budget predicts a revenue of about $397 million and, in addition, LPS will use $5.4 million from cash flow.
- The budget continues to focus on providing continued quality education – recognizing that a quality education system is a long-term investment, not simply an expenditure – and our community, our businesses, our families, our students deserve a great school system.
- The preliminary budget would provide help to classrooms with added: teachers and staffing for regular education, special education, early childhood, English Language Learners (refugees and immigrants); counselors and school social workers, healthcare workers and high school security; staffing for middle school math and reading intervention; staff for intervention assistance for after-school hours.
- Resources would be allocated for opening the new Sally G. Wysong Elementary School and the Bill Nuernberger Education Center, and early start-up costs for Marilyn Moore Middle School (opens fall of 2017); as well as for continuation of phasing in the LPS instructional technology plan.
2. LPS to host community budget forums – For more information: Liz Standish, email@example.com
LPS invites the public into the discussion about the preliminary 2016-17 budget for the school district. Two Community Budget Forums are scheduled in June, which will both include a budget presentation as well as opportunities for comments and questions:
- Tuesday, June 28, 5 p.m., Board Room, LPS District Office, 5905 O St.
- Thursday, June 30, 7 p.m., Media Center, Goodrich Middle School, 4600 Lewis Ave.
3. Career Academy Update – For more information: Dan Hohensee, firstname.lastname@example.org
The LPS Career Academy boasted 125 seniors graduating from TCA in the first year. There will be 112 students returning in the fall, and close to 315 new students already registered. TCA currently has 130 business partners and more than 200 individuals that are involved as mentors or serving on the advisory committee for internships and curriculum development.
4. Podcast features LPS transportation – For more information: Zachary Baehr, email@example.com
The latest LPS podcast features a conversation with Bill McCoy, director of LPS Transportation, talking about: 11 million miles, 130 drivers, 92 para educators, 80-day inspections, new routes, relocated schools, field trips, ball games, activities, and one local and national issue: a shortage of bus drivers. So find a seat and keep your hands inside the window. Go to the LPS website at: http://home.lps.org/podcast/
5. Comments, questions about proposed boundary change – For more information: Liz Standish, firstname.lastname@example.org
LPS is proposing that the attendance area for Clinton Elementary School be moved from the Lincoln North Star High School to the Lincoln Northeast High School attendance area. If community members have comments or questions about the proposed change, please go to the Online Open House: http://www.lps.org/news/attendanceareas-2016/