1. Student enrollment at LPS soars with 943 more students – For more information: Jane Stavem, firstname.lastname@example.org
Official enrollment for Lincoln Public Schools soared to 37,845 students for the 2013-14 school year with 943 more learners than last year: growth that equals the equivalent of adding the number of students who attend two average-sized elementary schools. That boost represents a 2.5 percent increase in students over last year – students from pre-kindergarten through high school – and a whopping increase of more than 11 percent in the last five years.
This year’s largest LPS elementary schools are Roper Elementary with 864 students (where an entire annex was constructed recently) and Adams Elementary with 757 students. The largest LPS middle schools are Lux Middle School with 1,024 students and Scott Middle School with 956. The largest high school enrollments are at Lincoln Southeast High School where 2,011 students go to school, and Lincoln North Star with 1,977 students.
The poverty rate for LPS also increased this year reaching a record 44.5 percent of all students – compared to 42.5 percent last year – a statistic measured by the number of students on free and reduced lunch. The poverty rate for only LPS elementary students is more than 47 percent.
2. Board of Education examines, discusses priorities for school district facilities – For more information: Liz Standish, email@example.com
Lincoln Public Schools could float a bond issue for $151 million – and use $10 million more from other funding sources – to address the highest priorities in its latest 10-year Facilities and Infrastructure Plan, according to Liz Standish, associate superintendent for Business Affairs at LPS.
The Lincoln Board of Education will examine and discuss priorities and potential funding sources for that 10-year plan in a series of work sessions set for October. The meetings will be held at Lincoln Public Schools District Office, 5905 O St.
- 4:15 p.m. on Oct. 8
- 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 21
- 4:15 p.m. on Oct. 22
- 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 29
3. Sherrill dedication set for Oct. 6 – For more information: Mary Kay Roth, director of Communications, firstname.lastname@example.org
The official Dedication and Open House for the new Donald D. Sherrill Educational Center – 340 N. 56 St. – is set for 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6. The facility houses the program for elementary and middle school students with behavioral disabilities.
4. MOSAIC book display at LPSDO in October – For more information: Mary Reiman, email@example.com
MOSAIC – the annual display of multicultural literature in Lincoln Public Schools – will be on display Oct. 2-10 in the staff library on the second floor of LPS District Office, 5905 O St. The display is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. After Oct. 10, the display will be traveling to various schools in the community. MOSAIC has grown from 100 books in 1991 to more than 500 books.
5. LPS updates allergy policy to continuing protection for students – For more information: Marge Theel, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Lincoln Board of Education has approved a change in guidelines governing food allergies that creates one consistent policy across all buildings in the school district.
6. Update on Early Childhood Education – For more information: Deila Steiner, email@example.com
The early childhood programs at Lincoln Public Schools now serve 851 students ages three and four, about 750 students in the home (ages three through five), and 84 infants and toddlers – but there are also more than 700 students on the waiting list for early childhood services. Currently 28 of the 38 elementary schools have early childhood classrooms, and infant and toddler locations are located at four high school sites.
7. LPS students achieve continuous improvement in annual ‘State of the Schools’ – For more information contact Jane Stavem, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Nebraska Department of Education late in September released its annual State of the Schools Report – a report that highlights continuous improvement at Lincoln Public Schools.
Jane Stavem, associate superintendent for Instruction at LPS, stressed LPS strives to make sure that students, schools and the school district are generally trending in the right direction and showing continuous improvement – and that is exactly what is happening. “Continuous improvement means that we establish a plan and a way to measure both implementation of the plan – what the educators do – and the results, which is student learning.
The State of the Schools Report publishes information – almost an almost overwhelming amount of numbers, rankings, labels and statistics – for all school districts across Nebraska. The Report includes achievement from the Nebraska State Accountability (NeSA) tests (released earlier this school year), federal assessments, school district rankings and more.
- School district rankings in the state – under the Nebraska Performance Accountability System (NePAS) – which indicate again that LPS is showing continuous improvement.
- Assessment mandated by No Child Left Behind, which requires that states report performance for each school district, school and student subgroup (all racial and ethnic groups, special education students, those living in poverty and English Language Learners). For a school to meet the targets, each of those subgroups must meet the federal targets. When schools fail to meet the benchmarks for two years, they are labeled by “school improvement” and must take steps that include offering services to families and possible restructuring. Two Lincoln elementary schools began the restructuring process this year, among 286 – 30 percent – of Nebraska schools that have failed to meet the federal targets for at least two years.