- Excellent external audit report for LPS – For more information: Liz Standish, email@example.com
The Lincoln Board of Education last week heard glowing results of an external audit conducted recently that reviewed the Lincoln Public Schools budget, internal controls, financial statements, compliance with laws and regulation, and more.
Board of Education members were pleased with the audit, performed by HSMC Orizon LLC:
- Connie Duncan: “This was a clean audit, we were so happy to hear that…There were no adjustments or errors as well…It was a wonderful audit and we’re proud of everyone.”
- Barb Baier: “I want to thank staff for their due diligence, there is a lot of work that goes into an audit.”
- Don Mayhew: “The idea that…this is an unmodified opinion…no changes or problems found. When you think about the complexity of this budget – the quality of our staff for that to come out as clean as this – this is incredible work.”
Overall, the auditor issued a positive report, calling it “a clean opinion, the highest and best opinion you can have.”
2. Scottish Rite ceremony celebrates teachers – For more information: Eric Weber, firstname.lastname@example.org
Lincoln Public Schools celebrates the 2017 Scottish Rite Teacher of the Year (Jan McKeown, an instructional and technology coach at Lefler Middle School) at a ceremony set for 4:15 p.m. Monday, Nov. 20 in the Board Room at District Office.
3. Bubba keeps our children warm– For more information: Pam Hale, email@example.com
More than 300 elementary school students can bundle up and stay a little warmer this winter, thanks to Bubba’s Closet. The annual clothing giveaway program held its culminating event mid-November at McPhee Elementary School, where families stood in line outside starting at 6:30 a.m. – an hour and a half before the doors opened and children could pick out a winter coat, as well as gloves, hats, scarves and other articles of warm clothing. Lincoln Public Schools elementary principals spearheaded the collection efforts, along with other LPS employees and community members. For more than 20 years, Bubba’s Closet has collected between 500 and 1,200 donated winter coats annually.
4. November Learning Lunch highlights social emotional learning – For more information: Jane Stavem firstname.lastname@example.org
The November Lincoln Public Schools Learning Lunch of the 2017-18 season will happen at 12:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 29 and feature a presentation, “Social Emotional Learning: What is it and what does it look like at LPS,” by Carrie Erks, an LPS school social worker. LPS Learning Lunches, open to the Lincoln community, are held in the Board Room at LPS District Office, 5905 O St. (**Please note this month’s Learning Lunch will be held on a Wednesday because of the Thanksgiving holiday.) Doors to the Board Room open at noon, the program begins at 12:15 p.m., questions-and-answers happen at 12:45 p.m.
5. Big week with Board meeting, High School Task Force gathering
The Lincoln Board of Education will hold a regular meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 28, in the Board Room at Lincoln Public Schools District Office, 5905 O St. For the full agenda go to: https://www.lps.org/about/board/
Meanwhile, the third meeting of the Lincoln Public Schools Community High School Task Force is set for 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30, at Lincoln Southeast High School. The group was formed to investigate community options and priorities for serving high school students. More info: https://home.lps.org/hstaskforce/
6. Good deeds at Pound Middle School – For more information: Chris Deibler, email@example.com
A University of Nebraska student organization will make donations that benefit U.S. military veterans and Puerto Rico hurricane victims as a result of essays researched and written by three 8th-graders at Pound Middle School who entered the contest as part of Pound teacher Carol Patterson’s American Studies class on Constitution Day.
The contest asked for a one-page essay that identifies a community need and an organization working to address that need. Winning student essay excerpts:
- “Some people may argue not to gift the money to this cause because 100 dollars is minimal considering what Puerto Rico needs, and this is true. The estimated cost to rebuild is well over 2 million dollars. However, we think we should receive this grant based on this underlying importance: every fragment contributes to the whole.”
- “I believe this organization should receive this grant more than others, because they serve the backbone of America. Their patients risk their lives for us to enjoy the life we currently live and take for granted…With only 144 VA hospitals and 300 VA centers, this organization needs as much money as it can get to help those in need. This institution helps a huge population with a wide range and growing amount of services. From home loans to healthcare, this money will be put to good use.”