Highlights of 1/23 Lincoln Board of Education meeting
The Lincoln Board of Education held a regular meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 23 at Lincoln Public Schools District Office, 5905 O St. The Board will hold its next meeting on Feb. 13 at 6 p.m.
LPS is green school district
Lincoln Public Schools has gone green over the past decades. The school district practices energy efficiency in all LPS facilities, composts, recycles in general, and recycles construction waste, helps with school gardens and outdoor education, and more.
Brittney Albin, Sustainability Coordinator for LPS, Tuesday gave the Lincoln Board of Education an update on LPS sustainability efforts.
A few highlights:
Board member Barb Baier commended Albin and the sustainability program, “and the incredible work to engage so many of our schools…I am so proud of your work and the school district being a leader in this area.
Don Mayhew applauded the program as a good cause, but also the financial impact: “When we are diverting solid waste, when we are recycling…we see a real financial benefit…another way to be good stewards of taxpayer resources.”
The Lincoln Public Schools Sustainability Department promotes green efforts throughout the school district and the community by implementing environmentally responsible practices in LPS facilities – while providing educational opportunities for future environmental stewards.
Albin described one of the newer programs, the Green Schools Recognition Program, that involves giving schools a variety of green activities to complete throughout the year – and based on points earned, they may receive a small amount of funding for a sustainability-related project.
In fact, LPS is a leader in the implementation of sustainable practices. In 2015, LPS received the District Sustainability Award from the US Department of Education. In addition, several LPS schools are recognized as Green Ribbon Schools (Irving Middle School and Prescott Elementary School). The district was awarded the 2016 WasteCap NE Member of the Year, and has been recognized through various local award programs.
The Board approved submission of:
More school buses
The Board approved the purchase of 14 new school buses:
Attendance approved for newly annexed
The Board approved attendance areas for newly annexed city property that includes:
The Board of Education assigns school attendance areas to property newly annexed to the city of Lincoln or newly platted.
LPS Superintendent Steve Joel thanked Lincoln Board of Education members for their work – in honor of National School Board Appreciation Week.
“We offer our sincere appreciation for all the work you do as a Board of Education,” he said. “All great school districts have great school boards…I thank you for your work in policy development that sets the stage for us to make good decisions for kids…Thank you for your support of our work…the encouragement you give us…your engagement in the community…Thank you for being a voice and an advocate for Lincoln Pubic Schools.”
The Lincoln Board of Education heard a presentation about the Unified Bowling program, now a sanctioned sport through the Nebraska School Activities Association. A division of Special Olympics, the unified sports program pairs students with and without disabilities who compete together.
The presentation featured remarks from:
Published: January 23, 2018, Updated: January 23, 2018