- Preliminary LPS 2017-18 budget addresses dramatic growth – For more information: Liz Standish, email@example.com
The 2017-18 preliminary budget for Lincoln Public Schools was first presented last week to the Lincoln Board of Education, a very student-focused proposal addressing 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 2017-18 –bringing total enrollment to almost
- 42,000 students. LPS served almost 41,000 students this year, an increase of 12 percent or4,450 students over the last five years. The 2017-2018 school year will mark the fifth straight year of growth greater than 850 students each year – every year.
- Addressing the growing complexity of the demographics and needs of LPS students: specifically addressing mental health needs, early childhood, special education and more.
Officials recommend a slightly lower – essentially flat – tax rate for the coming school year. The 2017-18 preliminary budget for LPS totals $420.8 million – a 4.6 percent increase over the previous year. Lincoln is a vibrant growing city with new housing developments in all quadrants of the city. The preliminary budget continues to focus on providing continued quality education, a long-term investment in our community, our businesses, our families, our students.
2. LPS invites community into budget conversation – For more information: Liz Standish, firstname.lastname@example.org
Lincoln Public Schools invites the public into the discussion about the preliminary 2017-18 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 27, 5-6 p.m., LPS District Office, 5905 O St.
- Thursday, June 29, 7-8 p.m., Lincoln North Star High School, 5801 N. 33rd
For more information:
- Budget work session materials located at http://www.lps.org/about/budget/
- Budget forums and more info at https://www.lps.org/post/detail.cfm?id=11975
3. Staff members report for work at new Marilyn Moore Middle School – For more information: Jane Stavem email@example.com
Teachers and staff report to work this week at the new Marilyn Moore Middle School, opening for the 2017-18 school year on the southeast side of Lincoln (8700 Yankee Woods Drive).
Moore Principal Gary Czapla writes on the school website: “One of the goals we will strive for at Moore is to have your students ready for the 21st century. To do this we are seeking innovative ways to prepare Moore students… We want to look at different ways to redefine learning spaces, develop a futuristic mindset for teachers, and create opportunities for students to design some of their own learning – all while maintaining rigor and high standards for students.”
4. Administrative contracts, evaluations – For more information: Eric Weber, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Lincoln Board of Education is considering approval of the annual evaluation and contract for Lincoln Public Schools Superintendent Steve Joel, as well as contracts for the top administrators at LPS. Proposed base annual salary for the superintendent is: $317,239
Highlights of the proposed superintendent evaluation include:
- Successful completion of the initial phases of updated LPS Strategic Plan, and adoption of the school district’s action plan based on the results of the Special Education review from last year.
- Some affirmation and some reservation about the goal of reaching 90 percent graduation rate by 2019, but generally pleased about the work.
- Positive, strong relationships and communication with Board members.
- “In summary, the Board recognizes and appreciates Dr. Joel’s excellent work as our superintendent, and the Board looks forward to continuing its strong partnership in service to Lincoln’s children and our community.”
The Board will vote final approval for the superintendent evaluation and all the contracts on June 27. For more info: https://home.lps.org/superintendent/contracts
5. New Business/Human Resources platform – For more information: Liz Standish, email@example.com
The Board of Education has discussed a new platform for Business and Human Resources functions – over the next three years – called the Enterprise Resource Planning Project (ERP). This new $6.5 million platform would replace the AS 400 Financial/HR system, moving to a new data system for LPS Business and HR functions and eliminating many of the current stand-alone functions that require significant data input and manual processes.
This is software that provides for the back office functions that support a school district: accounting, payroll, benefits, staffing, budgeting, finance tracking and projects, employee self-service, etc. The software will collect, store, manage, process, interpret and report data. The data in the ERP will be a new centralized source where functions within the system can talk to each other. Major financing would come from the Depreciation Fund. The Board will vote final approval on June 27.