Highlights of 2/19 meeting of the Lincoln Public Schools Superintendent’s Facility Advisory Committee

The Lincoln Public Schools Superintendent’s Facility Advisory Committee met again on Tuesday (Feb. 19) to continue the business of analyzing long-range facility needs to envision schools of the future and ensure that LPS wisely accommodates student growth into the next 7-10 years. 

The full Advisory Committee spent much of their time Tuesday dividing up and working in subcommittees.  Those subcommittee groups are:

  • New High Schools
  • New Elementary School and Middle School/Alternate Grade Level Configuration
  • Early Childhood and Community Learning Centers
  • Infrastructure and Finance
  • High School Athletics and Activities Complex
  • High School Focus Programs and Alternatives

Subcommittee members in each group receive a great deal of data and information at each meeting, for example, the New High Schools Subcommittee learned that the city’s footprint continues to grow consistently:

  • Lincoln will have 370,000 residents by 2040 – who will live in 150,000 households.
  • That means there will be 85,000 more residents in 35,000 more units compared to today.

For more about presentations, to ask questions, to find a list of Committee members, meetings and resources, go to: https://home.lps.org/sfac/

The Lincoln Board of Education charged LPS Superintendent Steve Joel with the establishment of the Advisory Committee to review the school district’s facility and infrastructure needs, options and priorities.  The Facilities Advisory Committee – with more than 100 Lincoln stakeholders – will meet through the summer and offer recommendations for a thoughtful, community-based plan that lays the foundation for a potential bond issue in 2020.   

The Committee is led by three co-leaders:

  • Jennifer Brinkman, Lancaster County Commissioner.
  • Maribel Cruz, senior leadership consultant for Talent Plus.
  • Nick Cusick, president of Bison, Inc.

Published: February 19, 2019, Updated: February 19, 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