The Lincoln Board of Education held a Budget Work Session and a regular Board meeting on Tuesday, June 26, at Lincoln Public Schools District Office, 5905 O St. The Board will hold its next regular meeting on Tuesday, July 31.
Highlights of Board meeting
Superintendent goals 2018-19
The Lincoln Board of Education Tuesday presented for consideration the Superintendent’s official goals and priorities for the 2018-19 school year:
Annually, the Board of Education evaluates the superintendent and develops annual priorities for the coming school year.
Approved grant applications
The Board Tuesday approved several grant applications:
Agreements with LPS employee groups
The Board approved 2018-19 agreements with additional employee groups that include: Administrators, Custodial Employees Association, Maintenance Employees Association, Nutrition Service Workers Association, Office Professionals Association, Para-Educator Employees Association, Technicians, and Transportation Employees Association – as well as pay rates for substitute and miscellaneous employees.
Included in the total package increases for each employee group are all district costs including the district’s contributions to health insurance, state retirement and Social Security.
In addition, the Board approved the 2018-19 pay rates for substitutes and miscellaneous employees. The salary increases range from no increase to a 2.88 percent increase, depending on the employee group. The determination of what salary to recommend is made in conjunction with the supervisor of that employee group and an assessment of the availability of candidates for the positions.
The Board of Education approved the annual Transportation Plan for 2018-19 with these major changes:
Cooperation between LPS and Educational Service Unit 18
The Board voted approval of a three-year extensions of two Interlocal Cooperation Act Agreements between LPS and Educational Service Unit 18, that provides the school district with core services (including staff development, technology and instructional materials) and educational services (including instructional media services, technology and staff development). The renewal period for the agreements is September 1, 2018, through August 31, 2021.
Proposed agreement with Community Learning Centers
The Board approved the annual agreement with organizations that provide services to the Lincoln Community Learning Centers: Boys & Girls Club of Lincoln/Lancaster County, Cedars Youth Services, Family Service Association, Lincoln Housing Authority, Lincoln Parks & Recreation, Malone Community Center, Nebraskans for Civic Reform, North Pointe Community Church, Northeast Family Center, Willard Community Center
The Board approved the annual Legislative Guidelines that provide guidance to school district staff and representatives communicating with governmental bodies when it is not possible to survey the Governmental Relations Subcommittee of the Board for specific guidance on legislation or policy.
This school year, LPS celebrated academic excellence with many of our high school students from across the community who achieved the highest possible ACT scores, and were named National Merit Finalists and Presidential Scholars.
The Board Tuesday heard remarks from Leslie Eastman, director of Assessment and Evaluation at LPS, and three students who achieved the highest possible ACT score (36). These students were representatives of the many high achieving students at LPS:
Highlights of Budget Work Session
The Lincoln Board of Education held a Work Session Tuesday in the continued steps of putting together the building blocks of developing a wise and prudent budget for 2018-19.
The LPS 2018-19 proposed budget proposal includes an overall one and one-half cent reduction in the property tax levy.
The proposed budget includes:
Additional info: In the past five years LPS has grown 4,400 students – as well as growing in complexity of needs – while the tax levy has been reduced by two cents ($1.22 this year compared to $1.24 in 2013).
In the past few months, the Board has reviewed about $31.7 million in increased needs and prioritized them, funding a proposed $22.5 million of added needs. Tentatively funded are:
LPS has a solid process for budget development with a continued focus on stability in programming for students and families – and opportunity for community feedback. LPS ranks 227 out of 245 school districts in Nebraska in per pupil spending – spending $11,274 per pupil compared to the state average of $12,230.
The 2018-19 proposed expenditure budget for LPS totals about $443 million, a 5.34 percent increase over the previous year. That budget is funded by several revenue streams, including two major sources: property taxes (estimated to grow 5.2 percent this year), and state aid to education, $20 million more than last year.
High-quality public schools at a reasonable price bring tremendous value to our community.
Published: June 26, 2018, Updated: June 26, 2018