First peek at 12th LPS middle school

Community members glimpsed their first peek at the new Marilyn Moore Middle School Friday afternoon through the eyes of news reporters invited for the facility’s first media tour – opening the doors onto a beautiful, three-story middle school on the edge southeast Lincoln.

  • Scott Wieskamp, director of Operations at LPS: “This is a beautiful school with all the bells and whistles we would want to see in a 21st century middle school.”  He noted it “truly takes an army of individual to get this kind of project done,” and particularly praised the city of Lincoln and the Lincoln YMCA.
  • Gary Czapla, principal at Moore Middle School, said he is excited and humbled to serve as principal of the new school and promises to “bring passion and meaning to the job…When you see a school like this, it speaks to the faith our community has in our school district.”

Czapla also stressed how excited he and his staff are – to be chosen for a school named after Marilyn Moore, former associate superintendent for Instruction at LPS.  “When we see her name on the school, we are so proud.”  

Moore will be the school district’s 12th middle school, located southeast of South 84th and Yankee Hill Road and anticipating more than than 350 students this fall for the 2017-18 school year.  The school is designed to handle 850 students, and has a capacity for 1,000.

The school features vibrant colors, as much natural light as possible, technology to accommodate contemporary learning – and “green” elements such as ground-sourced geothermal heating and cooling, LED lighting, composting and more.  A news media tour included a visit to the three grade level areas – separated by floors, sixth grade on first floor, seventh on second floor and eighth on third floor – as well as the library media area, cafeteria/multipurpose area, expansive spaces for science, music, art, industrial tech and more.

The $30 million, 175,000 square-foot structure is built with funds from the 2014 school bond, and should ease pressure on other area middle schools such as Lux, Pound and even Scott.  It is the second LPS school to be built in partnership with the local YMCA – with an adjacent Copple YMCA branch right next door.

Parent meetings for Moore are set throughout the spring – for a schedule of those events go to the Moore website:
A ribbon cutting for the adjacent Copple YMCA is set for 2 p.m. April 28 – and the Y opens its doors on May 1. 

Published: April 7, 2017, Updated: April 10, 2017