Lincoln Public Schools Hot Topics: Jan.7, 2019

  1. Second semester

Second semester begins for Lincoln Public Schools on Monday, Jan. 7.  The last day of second semester is May 23.

2. Superintendent’s Facilities Advisory Committee – For more information: Liz Standish,

In mid-January, Lincoln Public Schools Superintendent Steve Joel is calling together the 2019 Superintendent’s Facility Advisory Committee (SFAC), made up of about 100 community and school stakeholders from across the city.  They will spend the coming months considering the school district’s facility and infrastructure priorities for the coming 10 years. The Committee will provide recommendations for final facility priorities to the superintendent and the Lincoln Board of Education in August. The

three community members who will lead the new Advisory Committee are: Jennifer Brinkman, Lancaster County Commissioner; Nick Cusick, president of Bison, Inc.; and Maribel Cruz, senior leadership consultant for Talent Plus.

3. Kindergarten registration online – For more information: Russ Uhing,

Your child must be five years old by July 31 – to register for kindergarten for the 2019-2020 school year.  The usual kindergarten registration dates will be held in March.  However, for the first time, parents can now register their children for kindergarten online:

4. Eighth grade info sessions – For more information: Pat Hunter-Pirtle,

High school enrollment is right around the corner and Lincoln Public Schools wants to provide information to help families make a successful transition into ninth grade.

An important component in the transition process are the informational meetings at the six LPS high schools scheduled for January.  These meetings are designed to welcome students into the high school and meet with counselors and instructional staff to learn about the opportunities available at that school.  Since students entering the ninth grade may choose the high school they want to attend in LPS, these meetings have been scheduled to offer an opportunity to attend more than one high school meeting, For the schedule, go to:

5. Lincoln Board of Education: The Lincoln Board of Education will hold a regular Board meeting at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 8 in the Board Room at Lincoln Public Schools District Office, 5905 O St. The Board will specifically honor LPS employees who have 25 years of service with the school district. For the full agenda of the Board meeting go to

Board member Don Mayhew will host a live interview show, LPS Live, at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday before the meeting begins – live streaming on the LPS website.