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Highlights of 1/8 Lincoln Board of Education Meeting

Highlights of 1/8 Lincoln Board of Education Meeting

The Lincoln Board of Education held a regular meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 8, at Lincoln Public Schools District Office, 5905 O St.  The Board will hold its next regular meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 22.  

High school choice, transfers and ninth grade filing deadlines

Lincoln Public Schools eighth graders will continue to have their choice of attending any of the LPS high schools as they enter ninth grade.  However, due to severe overcrowding, LPS will require eighth graders who wish to attend Lincoln East High School and Lincoln High School for 2019-20, but who do not live in those attendance areas, to meet the Jan. 31, 2019 deadline for filing high school selection forms.

In addition, in measures approved by the Lincoln Board of Education Tuesday, East and Lincoln high schools will be unavailable for transfers at all grade levels – beyond that January filing deadline – for students living outside the school attendance areas.  

The Board previously approved a similar resolution for Lincoln North Star High School starting in the 2016-17 school year.  That means for 2019-2020, three of the six LPS high schools will not be open to transfer beyond the initial ninth grade transfer deadline.

Student populations in LPS high schools have been growing dramatically, and LPS has been closely monitoring enrollment trends in all schools, taking into consideration capacity, impact on educational programs with the schools, prior enrollment levels and anticipated future growth.

In December, 2018, attendance numbers were:

  • 2,273 at Lincoln High
  • 2,201 at Lincoln East

LPS officials believe increasing enrollment trends at those high schools have been pushing the limits of school infrastructure as well as impacting the ability of those school facilities to serve students. Enrollment in the 2019-2020 school year is projected to exceed 2,400 at Lincoln High and exceed 2,300 at Lincoln East.

The Board approved the proposal with the understanding that these determinations will be reviewed annually.

High school choice forms, that must be filed by Jan. 31 with LPS District Office, are necessary if a student wants to attend a high school outside their attendance area.  They can be found at:

https://home.lps.org/studentservices/applying-for-a-district-transfer/

Two-year salary package for educators approved for 2019-2021
The Lincoln Board of Education Tuesday approved an agreement with teachers for a two-year contract covering the 2019-20 and 2020-2021 school years in a proposal presented by the Lincoln Education Association (LEA) and LPS.

Rita Bennett, president of the LEA; and Connie Duncan, president of the Lincoln Board of Education.

The agreement covers about 3,650 LPS employees who are teachers, librarians, nurses, social workers, counselors, school psychologists, speech language pathologists and early childhood and home-based teachers.

  • The 2019-2020 agreement provides a total compensation package increase of 3.04 percent for the 2019-20 school year, which includes salary increases of 2.35 percent, increases in Extra Standard, Social Security and retirement costs, and a 4.99 percent increase in health insurance premiums. Each full-time employee will receive a $1,300 salary increase. The base salary for a new teacher will increase by $800 to $45,956. (Extra standard is a stipend for a duty in addition to normal day assignments, such as serving as a team leader, coach, workshop leader, etc.)
  • The 2020-2021 agreement provides a total compensation package increase of 2.69 percent for the 2020-21 school year, which includes salary increases of 2.30 percent, increases in Extra Standard, Social Security and retirement costs and a 4.99 percent increase in health insurance premiums. Each full-time employee will receive a $1,300 salary increase. The base salary for a new teacher will increase by $800 to $46,756.

** BACKGROUND: The previous one-year agreement provided a total package increase of 2.68 percent for the 2018-19 school year. That included an average salary increase of 3.07 percent for the contract.  Lincoln Public Schools is one of the lowest spending school districts in the state for per-pupil costs and has been for decades. (LPS spends less per pupil in the state than 226 school districts – out of 245 districts total – nearly $1,000 less per pupil than the state average.)

LPS 2019-20 year to begin on Monday, August 12
The Board Tuesday corrected and approved a revised 2019-20 school year student calendar by adding one additional day of instruction to raise the current total number of days from 179 to the standard 180 instructional days.  

That means – with the revision – the school year will begin on Monday, August 12 (NOT Tuesday, August 13). 

Superintendent Update

LPS Superintendent Steve Joel Tuesday announced a change in his executive team: Matt Larson, who was named Interim Assistant to the Superintendent for Instruction early this school year – will be named permanently to the position. Going forward, Larson will become Associate Superintendent for Instruction.

21st Century Community Learning Center grant applications

The Board Tuesday gave the final nod to applications for 21st Century Community Learning Center grants. These two 21st Century CLC grant applications are continuation funding grants for 11 sites: Holmes and Pershing elementary schools and Lefler Middle School, as well as Clinton, Hartley, Elliott, Huntington, Riley, Saratoga and West Lincoln elementary schools, and Goodrich Middle School. Another grant would bring necessary resources and support to establish new CLCs at Randolph Elementary School, and Lincoln High and Northeast high schools.  It is projected that approximately 2,700 students would be impacted by the CLC programs at these 11 sites.

New land annexed, attendance areas approved
The Board of Education assigns school attendance areas to property newly annexed to the city of Lincoln. The city has annexed two parcels of land, and approved assigned attendance areas are:

  • 93rd and O streets, Annexation Ordinance #20586, for 2018-19 school year: Pyrtle Elementary School, Lux Middle School, Lincoln East High School.
  • Hillcrest Addition, Annexation Ordinance #20718, for 2018-19 school year: Pyrtle Elementary School, Lux Middle School, Lincoln East High School.

Kooser outlot property 
The Board heard a recommendation to surplus and sell approximately 4.36 acres of real estate owned by LPS located in the Kooser Elementary School addition near North 14th Street and Alvo Road.  The property originally was purchased by LPS in 1998.  Kooser was constructed and opened in August 2009 on a portion of the original tract.  The excess property not used for the elementary school has been platted and subdivided into outlots, which generally are sized for residential lots. The Board will take a final vote on Jan. 22.

Policy changes proposed
Various policy changes were proposed in a single package that addressed changes in legislation or regulation from the state or federal government, requiring the school district to make minor updates to align existing policy without changing original intent. The Board will take a final vote on Jan. 22.

Staff Celebration

The Board Tuesday honored LPS employees who have achieved 25 years of professional service to the youth of Lincoln and LPS:

  1. Kari Amen
  2. Molly Baird
  3. Christopher Baum
  4. Stephanie Boesiger
  5. Traci Boothe
  6. Anica Brown
  7. Cynthia Brown
  8. Jacqueline Burmeister
  9. Melissa Cochrane
  10. Kelly Cockle
  11. Joel Cornwell
  12. Janet Creech
  13. Lora Curtis
  14. Gary Czapla
  15. Kathy Dawson
  16. Sherri Day
  17. Kevin Deutsch
  18. Douglas Dickeson
  19. Denise Ebeler
  20. Chantel Ehrenfried
  21. Kimberly Flamme
  22. Bradley Gilbreath
  23. Jeffrey Hansen
  24. Jonathan Heithold
  25. Mary Herrington
  26. Dennis Hershberger
  27. Mary Hiller
  28. Shelly Hillis
  29. Nancy Hoppe
  30. Tom Houchen
  31. Ko Inamura
  32. Kristin Johnson
  33. Marjorie Kneifl
  34. Carry Koebernick
  35. David Leader
  36. Amy Lipins
  37. Paula McClung
  38. David Medina
  39. Anthony Meints
  40. Mary Mitchell
  41. Jennifer Motschenbacher
  42. Amy Moyer
  43. Todd Noble
  44. Margaret Odgers
  45. Lisa Oltman
  46. Carole Owen
  47. Anthony Quattrocchi
  48. Debra Rasmussen
  49. Bobbi Roesler
  50. Phillip Rudebusch
  51. Ronald Schinkel
  52. Lisa Schmutte
  53. Scott Schwartz
  54. Daniel Sheridan
  55. Brendon Sibley
  56. David Smith
  57. Sarah Smith
  58. Grayson Spomer
  59. Lynn Strack
  60. Sherri Svoboda
  61. Susan Townsend
  62. Amanda Williams

Public Comment
One Lincoln citizen gave public comments Tuesday evening – at the close of the meeting. To view the meeting go to: Livestream.com/lpsorg

To view the entire Board meeting;
Go to: Livestream.com/lpsorg


Published: January 8, 2019, Updated: January 8, 2019

"...People are our greatest asset. Our investment in people is very important, in terms of getting the very best and keeping the very best."

Eric Weber, LPS associate superintendent for human resources