- Community forums gather feedback for preliminary 2017-18 budget – For more information: Liz Standish, email@example.com
Lincoln Public Schools hosted two Community Forums late in June for feedback about the Preliminary Budget for 2017-18 – and community members came to share a variety of comments about the budget.
LPS officials note the preliminary budget is student-centered and focused on the incredible growth in our school district – in student numbers and in student needs – because LPS is not just growing the equivalent of a middle school each year, the school district is growing a diverse middle school each year. The preliminary budget provides appropriate staffing, services, supplies and resources to address an estimated 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 or 4,450 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.
LPS works on a three-year forecast system to ensure sustainable revenue for supporting all students – evening out swings and taking into consideration the interdependence between state aid and property taxes. LPS officials recommend a slightly lower – essentially flat – tax rate for the coming school year. The preliminary budget totals $420.8 million – a 4.6 percent increase over the previous year (compared to a 6 percent increase last year). According to the most recent statistics, LPS ranked 228 out of 245 school districts in Nebraska in per pupil spending.
Budget work session materials located at http://www.lps.org/about/budget/
2. LPS Title 1 Summer School grows rapidly – For more information: Linda Hix, firstname.lastname@example.org
Lincoln Public Schools Federal Programs Title I Summer School grew by leaps and bounds this year. With the theme of “Learning is My Superpower,” all Title I elementary and middle schools invited the students who would benefit most from half-day summer programs. Programs ranged from four to six weeks.
The program was a collaborate effort with support from Federal Programs, the Curriculum Department and Library Media Services – in designing summer materials for students in the areas of Language Arts, Math, English Language Learning and Maker Spaces. Schools served breakfast and/or lunch to students and transportation was provided. Students were engaged in fun learning experiences while building skills.
3. LPS completes re-issuing 2009 bonds – For more information: Liz Standish, email@example.com
Following previous approval from the Lincoln Board of Education, Lincoln Public Schools had very positive results in June in re-issuing bonds related to the advanced refunding of the general obligation school bonds originally issued in February, 2009. The school district issued around $80 million of refunding bonds. Based on very favorable market conditions, the net present value savings (as a percentage of refunded bonds) was 16 percent or about $13.6 million. The present value savings represent interest cost savings to the taxpayers.
4. Retirement season – For more information: Eric Weber, firstname.lastname@example.org
Many Lincoln Public Schools employees said good bye to the school district on June 30 – the official end of the school year and the last day of work for many retiring employees. Nine LPS administrators and 79 teachers retired at the end of the 20016-17 school year.
To see how families and staff members said good bye to retiring Eastridge Elementary School Principal Deb Dabbert, go to: https://www.lps.org/post/detail.cfm?id=12003
5. PBiS conference draws 600 participants from throughout region – For more information: Sarah Salem, email@example.com
This summer, Lincoln Public Schools hosted its first ever statewide conference dedicated to Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports — commonly referred to as PBiS — centered around effective practices in schools. The conference drew more than 600 participants from 40 school districts and educational service units (ESUs) across Nebraska, and members of the Nebraska Department of Education, as well as professionals from colleges and universities. Session presenters included local, state and national experts, covering topics from classroom management to alternatives to suspensions, and from building positive relationships to being proactive with early signs of students struggling in class. For more: https://www.lps.org/post/detail.cfm?id=11991