Superintendent

Superintendent Dr. Steve Joel

In 2010, Dr. Steve Joel joined Lincoln Public Schools as superintendent. Previously, he served for ten years as superintendent in Grand Island, Nebraska, and eight years in Beatrice, Nebraska. A native of Long Island, New York, he has degrees from Doane College, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and Kansas State University.

Dr. Joel has been honored with a wide variety of awards and distinctions including: Nebraska Superintendent of the Year and Leadership Excellence by the Educational Resource Development Institute. He also has been active in many community clubs and coalitions, and serves on a number of boards including the Chamber of Commerce, Foundation for Lincoln Public Schools, Lincoln Community Foundation, The Career Academy, and President of the United Way of Lincoln and Lancaster County Board.

In his time as superintendent at various school districts, Dr. Joel has focused on comprehensive solutions to significant school and community issues. The immigration raid in Grand Island led to the formation of a community coalition to begin the arduous process of rebuilding community unity, and the tragic fire that resulted in a complete loss of the Lincoln Public Schools District Office allowed for the construction of a new facility. More recently, Lincoln has grown rapidly to include almost 41,000 students and 8,000 staff members. With Dr. Joel’s leadership, Lincoln Public Schools has adopted a comprehensive instructional technology plan and developed The Career Academy leading Nebraska into the next phase of K12 education.

Dr. Joel has also served as a consultant to school districts and businesses across the country in areas of strategic planning, team building and conducting superintendent searches.

Phone: (402) 436-1601
Email: sjoel@lps.org

Superintendent and
ESU Administrator Contracts

Business as usual at Lincoln Public Schools has always been open and transparent. LPS protocol calls for posting these contracts on our website as attachments to the Lincoln Board of Education meetings when the contracts are considered and finalized. We also report the finalized contracts in additional documents posted on our website.

High School Task Force

The Lincoln Public Schools Board of Education adopted a goal this year to establish a High School Task Force to investigate community options and priorities for serving high school students and to make recommendations by May 1, 2018.

Developing a Strategic Plan

Lincoln Public Schools is seeking to engage citizens throughout the community to help refresh and develop a strategic plan to chart the course for the school district over the next five years.

Teacher Advisory Council

To offer a bridge between the Lincoln Public Schools Superintendent and LPS teachers; to provide valuable school district information to Council members; to open up a discussion of challenges, issues, questions and successes in the school district and to give the superintendent a sense of the major issues and concerns in the school district.

Speaking Engagements

WhenWhat
Nov Tue 28th 6:00 pm – 8:00 pmAdd event to googleBoard of Education Meeting
Nov Thu 30th 7:15 am – 8:30 amAdd event to googleVisit Lefer - Jessie Fries
Nov Thu 30th 4:00 pm – 6:00 pmAdd event to googleHigh School Task Force
Dec Thu 7th 8:15 am – 8:45 amAdd event to googleKFOR Morning Show
Dec Tue 12th 6:00 pm – 8:00 pmAdd event to googleBoard of Education meeting
Dec Wed 13th 8:00 am – 9:00 amAdd event to googleTCA Joint Board Meeting
Dec Thu 14th 7:15 am – 8:30 amAdd event to googleVisit Lincoln High School - Mark Larson
Dec Thu 14th 3:00 pm – 5:00 pmAdd event to googleUW Board Meeting
Dec Wed 20th 7:30 am – 8:45 amAdd event to googleVisit Holmes - Haeven Pedersen
Dec Thu 21st 8:15 am – 8:45 amAdd event to googleKFOR Morning Radio Show
Dec Tue 26th 6:00 pm – 8:00 pmAdd event to googleBoard of Education Meeting
Jan Thu 4th 8:15 am – 8:45 amAdd event to googleKFOR Morning Show
Jan Tue 9th 6:00 pm – 8:00 pmAdd event to googleBoard of Education meeting
Jan Wed 10th 8:00 am – 9:00 amAdd event to googleTCA Joint Board Meeting
Jan Fri 12th 7:30 am – 8:30 amAdd event to googleMLK Freedom Breakfast
Jan Wed 17th 7:30 am – 8:45 amAdd event to googleVisit Calvert - Jeff Brehm
Jan Wed 17th 5:00 pm – 7:00 pmAdd event to googleCommunity Advisory Council
Jan Thu 18th 8:15 am – 8:45 amAdd event to googleKFOR Morning Radio Show
Jan Fri 19th 8:15 am – 9:30 amAdd event to googleVisit Pyrtle - Chris Schefdore
Jan Tue 23rd 6:00 pm – 8:00 pmAdd event to googleBoard of Education Meeting
Feb Thu 1st 8:15 am – 8:45 amAdd event to googleKFOR Morning Show
Feb Tue 13th 6:00 pm – 8:00 pmAdd event to googleBoard of Education meeting
Feb Wed 14th 8:00 am – 9:00 amAdd event to googleTCA Joint Board Meeting
Feb Thu 15th 8:15 am – 8:45 amAdd event to googleKFOR Morning Radio Show