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Lincoln Public Schools: Highlights of 1/24 Lincoln Board of Education meeting

The Lincoln Board of Education held a regular meeting on Tuesday, January 24, at Lincoln Public Schools District Office, 5905 O St. The Board will hold its next meeting Tuesday, Feb. 14 at 6 p.m.

Chromebooks: Heading into third year of Instructional Technology Plan

The Lincoln Board of Education approved the purchase of individual Chromebooks for all LPS students grades 2-12.

The purchase covers Chromebooks for more than 3,000 sixth graders as well as for more than 8,300 students at the four remaining high schools where students do not currently have Chromebooks (Lincoln High, Lincoln East, Lincoln North Star and Lincoln Southwest), and expands on the original plan to add approximately 3,250 second grade students across the district.

Newly annexed property

The Board of Education assigns school attendance areas to newly annexed or platted city property.  The Board approved newly annexed property called Grandview Estates 1st Addition and proposed these attendance areas: Wysong Elementary School, Pound Middle School (Moore Middle School next school year) and Lincoln Southeast High School.

Grants

The Board held a first reading and will vote at the Feb. 14 meeting on an Early Childhood Expansion grant application in the amount of $200,000 for LPS to expand early childhood education offerings, with a required 100% match which will be provided through space and equipment that are already in place.  An additional amount $25,000 of grant funds will be requested and used for start-up costs.

After a second reading, the Board approved a five-year, $687,300 State 21st Century Community Learning Center Continuation Grant for the Belmont Elementary, Brownell Elementary, Prescott Elementary and Culler Middle CLC schools. The continuation grant will build on the success these sites have experienced over the past five years.  

Policy changes approved

The Board approved changes in policies related to Community Relations including distribution of community service materials, and use of students for non-school projects.

Strategic Plan Update

The committee is ready to begin the next phase with the community study group and will hold their first meeting Wednesday, Jan. 25. The survey answers and community focus group comments have been recorded, organized by LPS staff and cataloged so it may be accessed by the study group to use in writing the strategic plan.

Student Presentation

Throughout second semester, third grade classrooms across Lincoln Public Schools start “hatching” the popular embryology unit, with “expectant” third graders watching, studying and awaiting the hatching and arrival of baby chicks.  The activity represents a great partnership with the University of Nebraska Cooperative Extension in Lancaster Office, as well as a wonderful learning opportunity in the study of a developing embryo.

Presenting about the embryology project was:

  • James Blake, K-12 Science Curriculum Specialist for Lincoln Public Schools
  • Cole Meador, Extension Associate, 4-H (Nebraska Extension in Lancaster County)
  • Bryce Cudaback, Kloefkorn Elementary School third grade science teacher
  • Kloefkorn third graders:  Owen Blake and Ayush Mishra

LPS Combined Community Campaign

John Neal reported that in October Lincoln Public Schools 2016 Combined Community Campaign raised over $156,000.  The Combined Community Campaign raises funds for agencies represented by the United Way, Community Health Charities of Nebraska, and the Community Services Fund.

This year we set a record of overall number of donors with 3,025 LPS staff members contributing to the campaign - setting a three-year high in percentage participation at 48 percent. A record 47 buildings and departments met the 50 percent participation goal.

Top percentage of staff participation at each level included:

  • Southeast High School - 55.95%
  • Schoo Middle School - 100%
  • Fredstrom Elementary School and Beattie Elementary School - 100%

Lincoln Public Schools is proud of its employees and would like to thank them for the contributions.


Published: January 24, 2017, Updated: January 24, 2017