The safety and success of the children in the City of Lincoln community is instrumental to the community’s success.
|Joint Public Agency||Interlocal Cooperative Agreement||Memorandum of Understanding|
|Authorized by statute §§13-2501 to 13-2550 known as the Joint Public Agency Act||Authorized by statute §§13-801 to 13-827 known as the Interlocal Cooperation Act||Contract only (no statutory authority)|
|Participants must be public agencies (i.e. government)||Participants must be public agencies (i.e. government)||May involve non-governmental organizations (i.e. private parties)|
|Formed by (i) need resolution, (ii) written agreement and statement filed with SOS||Formed by (i) written agreement, (ii) statement filed with State Auditor of Public Accounts||Participants sign written agreement|
|JPA must have a governing board and is a separate public agency (political subdivision)||May or may not have a governing board or program administrators, may or may not create separate (new) public agency||No public agency created|
|Participants may transfer taxing authority to the JPA, allowing the JPA to levy its own tax||No transfer of taxing authority allowed through Interlocals, funding through contracted revenue of participants||No taxing authority, contracted funding of participants|
|JPA has powers authorized by at least one of the Participants||If new public agency, has powers authorized by at least one Participant||No new powers|
|Distribution of funds? Separate funding stream, allocated to both LPS and City activities||Distribution of funds? A contracted funding stream for activities between LPS and City||Distribution of funds? Terms defined and payments made between parties|
Six School Resource Officers (SROs), one police officer to assist with threat assessment, Community Learning Center (CLC) activities currently offered by the City’s Parks and Recreation department, staff, programming and scholarship to support all CLCs, a social worker and funding for mental health services for students.
|SROs and Threat Assessment Officer||JPA $445,920
|CLC Parks and Recreation||$620,733|
|CLC Staff, Program Enhancements, Scholarships||$603,000|
|Social Work and Contracted Mental Health Services||$400,000|
|Estimated Administrative Cost||$30,000|
Changes to the JPA would be advanced to both the LPS Board and the City Council for consideration and amendments would require an affirmative vote of both parties. Either party could dissolve the JPA with six months’ notice prior to the end of the fiscal year.
The JPA will be authorized to levy up to 1 cent of property taxes. Individual city elected officials and school board members have expressed an interest in making the JPA proposal levy neutral for 2018-2019 as they work through their respective budget processes.
No. Start-up expenses will be divided equally between the City and LPS and may be reimbursed by the Safe and Successful JPA in the 2018-2019 fiscal year. This should not result in money to the JPA but could result in money spent of the JPA.
Prior to most Tuesday evening board meetings, Don Mayhew hosts our LPS Live Board Preview show on Facebook Live. Two recent broadcasts have focused on the JPA.
The goals of CLCs include sustaining existing funding, pursuing additional funding, strengthening the leadership structure, increasing quality of programming, and establishing a new evaluation system.
Students and families in 26 Title I elementary schools.
The City will provide fiscal and legal services to the JPA and LPS expenses for mental health and CLC services as defined and budgeted by the JPA.
All CLC sites are reliant on grants and other funding sources. Reliable and sustainable funding sources are essential to continuation of CLCs.
CLCs provide a safe and productive place during the peak hours of unsupervised time for children. The hours between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. are the peak hours for juvenile crime and experimentation with high-risk behaviors. Teens who do not participate in after-school programs are nearly three times more likely to skip classes than teens who do participate. They are also three times more likely to use marijuana or other drugs, and they are more likely to drink alcohol, smoke cigarettes, and engage in sexual activity.
In 2016-2017 review of data, the percentage of CLC students meeting or exceeding academic standards was higher than the percentage of students meeting or exceeding standards in the CLC school as a whole. Data available at http://wp.lps.org/clc/.
The Social Worker will work directly with families and coordinate contracted mental health therapy services for students in CLC sites and serve on the threat assessment team.
LPS continues to incrementally increase school counselors, social workers, and school psychologists. In addition, LPS coordinates and contracts for community mental health services for students.
School mental health services are essential to creating and sustaining safe schools. Increased access to mental health services and supports in schools is vital to improving the physical and psychological safety of our students and schools, as well as academic performance and problem-solving skills.
The roles will be defined in a Memorandum of Understanding between LPS and the City of Lincoln.
The JPA references the existing interlocal agreement as the basis for the calculation. The JPA does allow the flexibility for the City and LPS to mutually agree otherwise by a separate written agreement.
Yes. LPS funds for school resource officers and the threat assessment officer will not go through the JPA, funds will go to the City.
LPS spends $3.2 million annually on secured entrance monitors, campus supervisors, high school level school resource officers, district director and coordinators, supplies, equipment and contracted services. LPS completed over $5,000,000 in security projects from the last bond issue.