- First day of 2016-17 school year
Monday, August 15, is the first day of school for students in grades kindergarten through ninth grade – students grades 10-12 begin on Tuesday. On Monday the new Sally G. Wysong Elementary School opens, as well as the new Bill Nuernberger Education Center for middle school kids. This is the second year of the school district’s three-year Instructional Technology Plan – as well as the second year for The Career Academy.
2. LPS launches second year of Citizens Academy to teach ABCs of our schools – For more information: Mary Kay Roth, email@example.com
Lincoln Public Schools is inviting Lincoln citizens to participate in the second year of an initiative called the LPS Citizens Education Academy: a series of monthly classes that include hands-on interactive experiences depicting a true, behind-the-scenes sense of LPS. Participants are asked to attend monthly meetings hosted at schools across the school district, featuring a wide variety of information and activities. Participants will have conversations with high school seniors, visit a Family Literacy class, sample an ACT test, spend time in LPS classrooms, tour the new Career Academy and the new Wysong Elementary School, and much more. The deadline to apply for this no-charge public outreach program is Friday, August 26. To find out more: http://www.lps.org/post/detail.cfm?id=11071
3. Proposed LPS budget – For more information: Liz Standish, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Lincoln Board of Education held a public hearing on the proposed 2016-17 Lincoln Public Schools budget at the first Board meeting in August – and a final vote on the budget will happen on August 23.
- Over the last ten years, from 2005-2006 to 2015-2016, LPS reduced the total tax levy over seven cents – from $1.3142 to $1.2429. LPS proposes an even slightly lower levy of $1.2392 for 2016-2017, the lowest levy in our records dating back to 1967-1968. The average homeowner paid $2,148 in property tax to LPS in 2005-2006 and will pay an estimated $2,026 in the 2016-2017 proposed budget (a difference of $122, based on $163,457 average home).
- The 2016-17 proposed budget addresses providing appropriate staffing, services, supplies and resources to address significant growth in LPS student enrollment. LPS estimates an increase of 900 or more students for 2016-17 – following a growth of 7,500 students in the past ten years – growth that means LPS would teach well over 40,000 students in the coming school year.
- 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.
- According to the most recent statistics, LPS ranked 227th out of 245 school districts in Nebraska in per pupil spending.
4. Learning Lunches – For more information: Mary Kay Roth, email@example.com
The 2016-17 lineup for the annual Lincoln Public Schools Learning Lunches series offers more “Untold Stories” of our schools with Learning Lunches open to LPS staff and the Lincoln community – beginning with a program on Tuesday, Sept. 27. Lunches are generally held on the last Tuesday of the month 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. Please bring your own lunch – we’ll provide dessert. For more info: http://www.lps.org/post/detail.cfm?id=11072
5. Board approves goals and priorities – For more information: Steve Joel, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Lincoln Board of Education has approved final goals and priorities for the coming school year:
- By 2019, develop, implement, and sustain district initiatives that result in an increased graduation rate, with a goal of 90 percent of on-time graduates that are career and college ready.
- By February 1, 2017, develop plans and recommend action steps based on the results of the Special Education review.
- By March 1, 2017, adopt benchmarks that ensure high-quality, sustainable, full-service community schools and communicate a strong vision for current and future partnerships.
- By May 1, 2017, complete a community-wide strategic planning process to identify community priorities for the district’s next 5-year strategic plan.