Lincoln Public Schools is filled with thousands of talented staff and educators - so what does it take to recruit and retain these employees who are so vital to the education of our children?
That was the topic of the Dec. 11 LPS Learning Lunch, "Recruitment and Retention of Talent in LPS," presented by Eric Weber, LPS associate superintendent for human resources.
Recent numbers illustrate the size of the challenge. LPS hired 446 new teachers prior to this school year and 2,020 during the last five years. Also this year, LPS hired 70 new employees in leadership positions, such as principals, associate principals and supervisors.
“Anywhere between 85 to 95 percent of our budget at any given point has something to do with people, so people are our greatest asset,” Weber said. “Our investment in people is very important, in terms of getting the very best and keeping the very best.”
Weber highlighted the multiple strategies and initiatives in place to recruit and retain the very best to LPS. All of this work is guided by the LPS Strategic Plan for 2017-2022, approved by the Lincoln Board of Education.
One of the pillars of this five-year plan is “Support for Educators,” which includes the following goal: "Research and implement strategies to recruit, hire, develop, support and retain the highest quality and diverse staff." Within that goal are four action steps, which Weber touched upon during his presentation with examples of the work being done:
With all of these efforts to recruit and retain talent, Weber said, it’s always important to remember the purpose behind it all.
“The work we do is for them,” Weber said, pointing to a photo of students on the screen behind him.
LPS Learning Lunches are open to LPS staff and the Lincoln community. Learning Lunches are held in the boardroom at LPS District Office, 5905 O St. Doors open at 11:45 a.m., the program begins at noon, followed by questions-and-answers at 12:30 p.m. Please bring your own lunch – we’ll provide dessert.
The rest of the 2018-19 season:
Published: December 11, 2018, Updated: January 3, 2019