Hot Topics, June 18, 2018
- Preliminary budget highlights– For more information: Liz Standish, firstname.lastname@example.org
If anyone asks you about the 2018-19 LPS budget, a few brief messages:
The Lincoln Public Schools 2018-19 preliminary budget proposal includes an overall one and one-half cent reduction in the property tax levy.
The preliminary budget includes:
- Significant investments in safety and security measures.
- Staffing and programming increases to support substantial student growth (4,400 more students in past five years).
High-quality public schools at a reasonable price bring tremendous value to our community.
The Lincoln Board of Education has scheduled a second work session on the budget for 4:30 p.m. June 26, at LPS District Office. A public hearing and budget forum are set 6-6:45 p.m. on August 14 at LPS District Office. For more information on the budget: http://home.lps.org/budget/
2. Security remains priority during summer school – For more information: Joe Wright, email@example.com
It might be summer but there’s no time off for Lincoln Public Schools when it comes to school security.
As part of its continuous efforts to evaluate and improve the safety of students and staff members, LPS has partnered with the Lincoln Police Department to employ school resource officers (SROs) at Lincoln North Star High School while summer school is in session – as well as practicing the same emergency drills conducted at all schools during the school year. More than 1,700 students are enrolled for the courses at North Star, which are offered daily from 8 to 11:50 a.m. through July 11 – and SROs from all six high schools each work one of the six weeks of the summer session.
“The officers’ presence helps create a safe and secure environment for the students and staff who will spend that time at North Star,” said LPS Director of Security Joe Wright. “The SROs are able to keep in touch with many students from their home high school and have the opportunity to partner in trust relationships with students from all of the other schools, as well.”
For more info: https://www.lps.org/post/detail.cfm?id=12919
3. Top LPS academics – For more information: Leslie Eastman, firstname.lastname@example.org
Lincoln Public Schools is proud to announce that LPS seniors achieved high honors with perfect ACT scores, and being named National Merit Finalists and Presidential Scholars.
Go to: https://www.lps.org/post/detail.cfm?id=12913
4. The house that kids built – For more information: Bob Freese, email@example.com
Lincoln Northeast High School industrial technology instructor Bob Freese has been helping students build houses for families in northeast Lincoln for over 27 years – the last 24 with the Lincoln Housing Authority. He said:
“They (students) came out and did an incredible amount of work on this house. It wasn’t always easy, it wasn’t always great weather out here, but they got the job done.”
The students in the residential construction course were involved in every step of building the home, from laying the foundation, to raising the frame and putting on the finishing touches. Info at: https://www.lps.org/post/detail.cfm?id=12924
5. Supporting positive behavior – For more information: Scott Eckman, firstname.lastname@example.org
More than 700 educators from Lincoln Public Schools and from school districts across the state gathered at Lincoln Southwest High School this month for the second annual Supporting Positive Behavior Conference.
LPS sponsored the conference and featured 41 breakout sessions and keynote addresses from nationally renowned experts in the field of Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS). PBIS is a research-based framework for proactively teaching and supporting positive behaviors for students. It’s proven to be effective in schools nationwide, often leading to increased student achievement and reduced classroom disruptions and student suspensions.
Keynote speaker George Sugai, a professor at the University of Connecticut and considered one of the country’s leading voices on PBIS, said: “PBIS is not an intervention, it’s not a practice, it’s not a strategy. It’s a framework, it’s an approach, it’s a process by which schools do the work of building the environment that establishes connectedness and relationships.”
Go to: https://www.lps.org/post/detail.cfm?id=12930