Lincoln Public Schools:Highlights of 4/11 Lincoln Board of Education meeting

The Lincoln Board of Education held a regular meeting on Tuesday, April 11 at Lincoln Public Schools District Office, 5905 O St. The Board will hold its next meeting Tuesday, April 25 at 6 p.m.

Board approves pilot partnership program with Indian Center Inc.

The Lincoln Board of Education Tuesday approved a three-year pilot program and partnership with the Indian Center Inc. – to provide academic support and incentive for Native American students to graduate from high school. 

This program aligns with several basic Lincoln Public Schools goals:

  • Increase the high school graduation rate.
  • Partner with community groups to provide academic support for our students.

The Indian Center Inc. will offer the following opportunities for LPS Native American students:

  • Reinforce homework.
  • Goal setting.
  • Rewarding academic success. 

Students who meet the following criteria are eligible to wear eagle feathers on their graduation caps as a reward incentive:

  • They will graduate from high school.
  • They are self-identified as Native American.
  • They have partnered with the Indian Center Inc. and fulfilled the appropriate requirements.

Barb Baier, a member of the Lincoln Board of Education, explained that Native American students are the group that struggle the most in graduating on time – and this is true nationally as well.  “I’m very appreciative to our Board and staff for doing this important work…honoring a very important cultural tradition and linking it to our students’ academic success.”

Board President Don Mayhew praised Baier for all her work on this program: “This is a super neat idea.” 

This program provides an academic incentive – related to additional recognition on graduation attire – much like LPS currently offers other students through programs such as Thespians and the National Honors Society.

LPS will monitor this program over three years and review.

Superintendent evaluation changed

The Lincoln Board of Education Tuesday approved changes in the evaluation of the LPS superintendent, an evaluation prepared annually by the Board.  The modifications were made to ensure the annual evaluation procedures better facilitate the process and conform to current practice.

Name confirmed for Professional Learning Facility/Nutrition Services Facility

The renovated LPS facility at 710 Hill St. – with two separate sections – now has two official names: The Don Clifton Professional Learning Center (for the south main entrance and the staff development section); and the Nutrition Services Distribution Center (for the east side for the section that will house LPS food storage). 

The Board voted approval of the two names Tuesday, following a recommendation from a community naming committee.

The renovated facility will have two major uses:

  • For Professional Learning: LPS is committed to high-quality professional learning opportunities for all staff.  The facility will house a large professional learning space, smaller classrooms and conference room settings to meet the various needs of staff.
  • For Nutrition Services:  The facility will house the freezer, cooler, dry storage and support offices that facilitate distribution of food to school sites district-wide. On any given day, the LPS Nutrition Services program serves 7,200 breakfasts, 26,400 lunches, 3,200 snacks and 150 dinners. In total over seven million dollars of food will be distributed through this facility each year.

The Board thanked the people who served on the community naming committee: the seven community members Nick Dean, Brendan Evans, Susan Musick, Tom Rempel, Becki Wise, Cindy Ryman Yost and Kelly Zoz; and the three Board members Kathy Danek, chair; Don Mayhew and Matt Schulte.

New elementary math curriculum materials considered

The Board considered purchase of new Math Expression curriculum materials – a blend of printed and digital resources – for LPS elementary school students. The program is strongly aligned with Nebraska state math standards and is well-aligned to best practices in mathematics education and the school district's instructional framework. 

The Board heard a recommendation of purchasing $4.1 million of materials from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for Math Expressions curriculum materials to be used at all elementary locations beginning the 2017-18 school year.  This purchase includes a digital subscription and a workbook subscription that will replace the yearly purchase of workbooks for K-2 for the next seven years.

The Board will vote final approval April 25.

Belmont construction work

The Board approved the selection of Sampson Construction Company for the $7.6 million project to fulfill the Belmont Elementary School Indoor Air Quality construction project.  The project will consist of Indoor Air Quality Improvements and be multiple phased.






Published: April 11, 2017, Updated: April 11, 2017