The Lincoln Board of Education held a regular meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 13, at Lincoln Public Schools District Office, 5905 O St. The Board will hold its next regular meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 27.
Property purchases and land exchanges – approved
The Lincoln Board of Education Tuesday approved two land purchases that involve property in Lincoln that could serve as potential future elementary school sites for Lincoln Public Schools.
“Our school district has a legacy of planning ahead and making wise decisions about land purchases well in advance of when they are needed,” said Liz Standish, associate superintendent for Business Affairs at LPS. “We own property throughout this growing community, so we will be well prepared when we set our new facility priorities into the future.”
Land purchase: The Board approved a $1.5 million purchase of real estate, potentially suitable as an elementary site, generally located south of Rokeby Road between 70th and 84th streets. The land is currently owned by Rokeby Holdings, Ltd. The purchase calls for payment of $1.5 million – plus additional development costs.
Land exchange: In order to better utilize and develop the Wilderness Hills Area, the Board agreed to exchange portions of LPS property with property owned by Lincoln Federal Bancorp Inc. – through what is called a Land Exchange Agreement. The exchange will leave LPS with a 17.7-acre land parcel in Wilderness Hills – a potential elementary school site – located between 27th and 40th streets, and Yankee Hill and Rokeby Road.
Strategic Plan Update: Support for Educators
One of the major goals in the Lincoln Public Schools Strategic Plan approved by the Board of Education last year – focuses on support for educators: Steps to research and implement strategies to recruit, hire, develop, support and retain the highest quality and diverse staff. The Board heard an update Tuesday on progress for that goal from: Eric Weber, associate superintendent for Human Resources; Sarah Salem, director ofContinuous Improvement and Professional Learning; and Pat Hunter-Pirtle, director of Secondary Education.
Support for new teachers:
LPS is also focused on expanded leadership development and continuity planning (building the principal pipeline), that includes leadership cadres for coordinators and associate principals who are aspiring to be principals – and teachers interested in leadership.
Recruit a staff reflective of student diversity
New and ongoing strategies include:
Newly annexed property
The Board of Education assigns school attendance areas to property newly annexed to the city of Lincoln. The Board proposed that attendance areas for newly annexed property – near North 84th and Holdrege streets – would be Meadow Lane Elementary School, Culler Middle School and Lincoln East High School. The Board will take a final vote on the issue Nov. 27.
Fruits and vegetables
Bids were requested from interested vendors to provide frozen and canned fruits and vegetables for use by LPS Nutrition Services for all schools. Recommended vendors – that would provide purchases of about $517,000 worth of food – are:
The Board will take a final vote on the issue Nov. 27
Policy change approvals
Revisions were approved for the following LPS policies:
The Lincoln Board of Education Tuesday recognized: Tracy Way, Family and Consumer Sciences teacher at Lincoln Southwest High School, recently honored with Nebraska’s 2018 Spirit of Advising Award from the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) student organization.
Two Lincoln citizens gave public comments Tuesday evening. To view the meeting go to: Livestream.com/lpsorg
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Published: November 13, 2018, Updated: November 13, 2018