1. Under budget for construction at LPS District Offices – For more information: Scott Wieskamp, director of Operations, firstname.lastname@example.org
The new Lincoln Public Schools District Offices are almost finished and construction costs are under budget. The goal was to build this building without using any tax dollars – “and I believe we accomplished that,” said Scott Wieskamp, director for Operations at LPS.
The total funding for construction, furnishing and equipping the building is estimated at $18,752,387 – covered mostly by insurance money and sale of some of the original office site for limited commercial use, Wieskamp said. That total does include additional funds of up to $330,000 to fully furnish and equip the building.
“This is an awesome job,” said School Board member Kathy Danek. “We built the actual building under budget – and required some additional funding to furnish. Has anyone ever tried to replace the loss in your home? This is just a great story to tell…We have made many, many conservative choices here.”
“This is built like our new schools as an 80-year-old facility,” said Superintendent Steve Joel. “We were at a point with our old District Office building when we would have been forced to spend at least $4 million to retrofit it. This new building actually saves taxpayer money.”
Projected Revenue Sources
- Travelers Insurance Settlement: $14, 850,000
- Continuum Partners Land Purchase: $2,314,735
- Continuum Partners Site Development Contribution: $580,000
- Lincoln Electric System Green Incentives: $250,000
- Non-Restricted Building Funds (expansion of lower level): $425,000
Projected Project Expenses
- Site and Building Costs: $15,863,210
- A/E Professional Services and Reimbursables (architects, engineers, consultants): $1,140,754
- LPSDO Demolition and Removal Costs: $344,543
- Building Permit: $78,795
- Geotechnical/Thermal Conductivity: $25,445
- Contingency: $100,000
- To fully provide Furnishings, Fixtures, Equipment: $1,199,640
2. New security director hired at LPS – For more information: Mary Kay Roth, director of communications, email@example.com.
Joe Wright – currently a captain with the Lincoln Police Department – has been named the new security director at Lincoln Public Schools in an expanded role for the position. Wright has worked with the Lincoln Police Department since 1986.
“We received over 60 applications for this position, many of whom were experienced in safety and security,” said Nancy Biggs, associate superintendent for Human Resources. “As a career police officer, Mr. Wright brings with him an existing relationship with first responders in our community. In addition, he is often the media contact for LPD so brings this experience to LPS.”
3. No quiet times at LPS this summer: Summer school programs underway – For more information: Jane Stavem, associate superintendent for Instruction, firstname.lastname@example.org.
LPS is alive and hopping during the summer months, offering a broad range of programs at schools across the community.
This summer students are attending a variety of programs.
- A six-week session at Lincoln North Star High School for high school students grades 9-12: May 30-July 11.
- Special Education Summer Programs will focus on meeting the individual needs of students.
- Summer elementary literacy/numeracy programs.
- Middle school instrumental and vocal music camps for middle school students.
- A summer technology program for upper elementary and middle school students.
- Various library media centers are open at selected hours across the school district.
4. Board of Education to discuss 2013-14 budget at Tuesday work session– For more information: Mark Shepard, associate superintendent for Business Affairs, email@example.com
The Lincoln Board of Education will discuss the development of the 2013-14 budget at a work session scheduled at 6 p.m. Tuesday (June 18) at Hawthorne, 300 S. 48th St.
Other meetings scheduled to gather feedback and discussion for the budget include:
- A second Budget Work Session:
- 6 p.m. July 16 at Hawthorne, 300 S. 48th St.
- Two Community Budget Forums:
- 5 p.m. June 25 – County City Building (prior to a regular Board of Education meeting)
- 7 p.m. June 26 – Lefler Middle School, 1100 S. 48th St.
- Budget Public Hearing: August 13 – County City Building (prior to a regular Board of Education meeting)
5. Moving plans finalized for LPS District Offices – For more information: Mary Kay Roth, communications director, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Construction continues on time and under budget for Lincoln Public Schools District Offices – with moving plans set this summer.
- LPSDO employees will move into the building over the first three weekends of July 2013.
- The new facility will offer more open spaces, conference rooms, natural light and “green” features.
6. Career Center recommendation in the hands of Lincoln Board of Education – For more information: John Neal, assistant to the superintendent for General Administration and Governmental Relations, email@example.com.
The Lincoln Board of Education discussed a recommendation last week to develop and establish a high school career center for the school district, a facility that would feature blocks of career-related classes to match the specific employment and job needs of the community. The Board will take a final vote in July.
“This is the culmination of work we started last July – and lots of work has gone into this project,” said Lincoln Public Schools Superintendent Steve Joel, citing the great number of campus visits, collaborations, cooperation from Southeast Community College, the State Department of Education and the business community. “It is about making a difference in connecting kids to tangible, meaningful and purposeful learning…making a difference in their lives.”
The Career Center 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, said John Neal, associate superintendent for Governmental Relations and General Administration, who made the presentation to the Board.
The Career Center would be open to all high school students in the community and likely will aim to serve 1,000-1,200 students for morning, afternoon and evening sessions. It would be located on the Southeast Community College campus and operate through a collaboration of LPS, SCC and other community partners.
“This is one of the greatest ideas I’ve seen come along in a very long time,” said Jack Huck, president of Southeast Community College, “preparing the work force of the future, and doing the best we can for our young people…Your potential partner in this venture, Southeast Community College, is fully on board.”
The facility is estimated to cost $25 million, with LPS funding about half that amount – and the additional investment shared with other partners.