Questions and Answers

One High School on NW 48th & W Holdrege, One High School at S 70th & Saltillo Rd, and One Elementary School at 102nd just south of Holdrege.

The Board of Education has a naming process outlined in policy. A community group will solicit names from the community and make a recommendation to the Board of Education.

The High School on NW 48th & W Holdredge will open in the fall of 2022 and the High School on S 70th & Saltillo will open in the fall of 2023.

Fall of 2022.

Yes, new schools increase General Fund costs. The LPS General Fund will need to cover start-up costs such as instructional materials, supplies, and staffing. Teachers traditionally move with students to the new site from existing schools. The state aid formula does provide some increased funding for new schools. In addition, state aid does fund a portion of Early Childhood.

Capacity of the current design is 240 students in an all-day program. The capacity would increase if any of the Early Childhood classes were half-day.

Potentially, if capacity is available and needs continue in nearby neighborhoods.

Not at this point.

TBD. If the existing facility has capacity for K, then they would stay there. This will need to be evaluated each year as the Arnold neighborhood grows.


Our intentions would be to complete the roadway including LHA property as part of the project. LPS will need to work this out with the City.

An establishment cannot get a liquor license unless it is 150 feet or more from a school.

After the bond election, we’ll provide community/neighborhood input opportunities on the design/process.

Providing each and every child with an education is a foundational pillar of our country.  The Nebraska Constitution Article VII-1 states that “The Legislature shall provide for the free instruction in the common schools of this state of all persons between the ages of five and twenty-one years.”

Bond issues remain with the residence at the time of the bond issue vote. If your property was recently annexed into Lincoln and into LPS, you will pay on the Norris bonds that existed prior to the annexation and only new bond issues for LPS, post annexation. You will not pay for LPS previous bond issues from 1999, 2006, 2014, if your property was annexed after 2014. Yes, you will pay previous bond issues for Norris and the new bond issue for LPS, but not overlapping time periods.

Replacement of the current Yankee Hill Education Center building is on Tier 2 of the LPS 10-Year Facilities & Infrastructure Plan.  This means that the project is on the list for the future but is not currently funded within the scope of the 2020 bond issue.  The scope of the project would be defined at the point the project is funded.

Yes.  The next opening in the current debt schedule is the roll-off of the 2010 Build America Bonds in the Qualified Capital Purpose Undertaking Fund.  The final payment for this is due January 15, 2030.  Therefore, a new debt payment will be possible in the 2029-30 budget.  Market conditions could create an opportunity to pay off debt earlier which could create an earlier window.

The sections refer to the number of classrooms per grade level.  A four-section school has four classrooms per grade level (Kindergarten, first grade, second grade, etc.).  A six-section school has six classrooms per grade level.

The design process for the proposed high schools is just beginning.  The plan is to build comprehensive school buildings with comparable facilities to the existing six high schools, including swimming pools.

The analysis and planning for the 2020 bond issue indicates that it can be funded with no planned increase to the current combined bond and building fund levy rate based on the current district property valuation.  To determine your individual tax impact, you can take your taxable value divided by 100, multiplied by seven cents or .07. The analysis done to date for the bond issue is based on a 25-year amortization.  Should the 2020 bond pass, the market conditions at the time of issuance will determine the length of term.

The tax request for the 1999 High School Bonds and a portion of the 2014 Bond issued in 2016 will roll off in 2020-21.  Replacing the 1999 and 2016 principal and interest payments with new bond debt creates a window in 2020 to develop a plan to issue debt without a plan to raise the current bond and building fund levy rate.

The district will work through the process of establishing boundaries consistent with Board of Education policy prior to the new schools opening. The process includes community input and decisions are typically made one year prior to the opening of the new schools. Existing boundaries are continually reviewed to ensure the district is maximizing the space available in schools. These reviews will continue.

The athletic complex design and turf will be determined based on funding available. The total vision for athletics and activity complexes identified on the LPS 10-Year Facility & Infrastructure Plan totals $25 million. The bond funding proposes to fund $13 million of the $25 million. The vision is a stadium with football and track and a competition baseball field at the NW site and an investment in soccer, softball, and tennis at the SE site. In addition, the plan includes an investment in a multipurpose turf field at each of our existing sites (not Lincoln High because Beechner is already turf). The remaining funding will need to be achieved through community partnerships and fundraising OR phasing in the athletics and activities complex elements. If sufficient funding is not available at the time of construction, the new high schools may start with grass not turf fields.

The cost per $100,000 of valuation is approximately 70 dollars per year.

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