The Lincoln Board of Education held a regular meeting on Tuesday, February 14 at Lincoln Public Schools District Office, 5905 O St. The Board will hold its next meeting Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 6 p.m.
Early childhood grant approved
The Lincoln Board of Education Tuesday approved submission of an Early Childhood Expansion grant application that would expand early childhood offerings in the school district in LPS elementary school buildings.
The programs would ensure that each child enters a formal school setting with the same learning advantages as other children with early childhood staff and partners seeking opportunities to promote the physical, social, emotional, cognitive and language development of very young children and their families. These programs would serve three- and four-year-olds who qualify for participation in an inclusive environment.
The $200,000 grant will be submitted to the Nebraska Department of Education, again offering funds to Early Childhood Programs in local communities. The Early Childhood Education Grant Program is intended to support the development of children in the birth to kindergarten age range through the provision of comprehensive center-based programs. Research demonstrates that the best approach to serve the families of these young children is through quality preschool services to assist with transitions to kindergarten.
Board member Matt Schulte voted against submission, saying he was concerned about the possibility of this grant funding full-time early childhood programs – because they could not serve as many children as LPS does with a higher number of part-time programs.
Newly annexed property
The Board of Education assigns school attendance areas to property newly annexed to the city of Lincoln or newly platted. The Board heard a proposal that would assign a parcel of land – at South 66th Street and Pine Lake Road, Annexation Ordinance #20434, for 2016-17 school year – to Wysong Elementary School, Pound Middle School (Moore Middle School next school year) and Lincoln Southeast High School. Final approval will happen Feb. 28.
The Board honored and recognized Cara Heminger, named World Language Outstanding Teacher of the Year by the Nebraska International Languages Association.
Published: February 14, 2017, Updated: February 14, 2017