Lincoln Public Schools: Highlights of 9/24 Lincoln Board of Education meeting

The Lincoln Board of Education met for a regular meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 24, at Lincoln Public Schools District Office, 5905 O St. The Board will hold its next regular meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 8.

Annual wellness presentation

The Lincoln Board of Education Tuesday heard the annual report on the District Wellness Program. The wellness program is a coordinated effort of separate LPS programs and departments that all include the mission to: “Encourage a basic understanding of and aid the development of good health habits.”

The report included:

  • Looking at the aerobic activity during physical education in fourth through eighth grade students.
  • Measuring student achievement in physical education classes with HeartZones Physical Education Technology.
  • Last year, nutritional services served an increased number of breakfasts - approximately 8,050 - in part because they added grab-n-go breakfasts at schools.
  • Health services has seen a decrease in office visits as they have begun implementing multi-tiered systems of support that are used across LPS.
  • Social and emotional learning has now aligned skills on the report card with the Second Step program.
  • Quarterly activities, Fuel Up to Play 60 grants and community partnerships are activities that support district wellness efforts.
  • Staff wellness efforts include providing immunization clinics, personal health assessments, school-based activities, and personal nutrition and weight coaching opportunities from University of Nebraska - Lincoln students.

If you are interested in learning more about LPS wellness efforts or in providing feedback on LPS wellness policies, contact John Neal at or by calling (402) 436-1608.

Click here to view the video clip on presentation.


Policy changes

The Board held second reading and approved two changes in LPS policy:

  • A change in policy related to student directory information.
  • Re-adoption of parental involvement and engagement policy.


Official property tax request approved

The Lincoln Board of Education held a second reading and adopted the official property tax request to fund the 2019-2020 budget as the last, necessary steps in officially finalizing the 2019-20 budget. This is a routine step in the budget process.


Superintendent update

LPS Superintendent Steve Joel recognized the hard work and dedication by long-time LPS Communications Director Mary Kay Roth during her last Board of Education meeting before retiring on Sept. 30.


Student celebration

LPS celebrates a long partnership with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for a program called America Reads/America Counts, a federal work-study program that sends university students into elementary schools to assist with reading and math education.


  • Lisa Oltman, K-6 Language Arts Curriculum Specialist, Lincoln Public Schools
  • Justin Brown, Director of the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Hartley Elementary School students

Click here to watch the complete student celebration.


Public comment

There was one member of the public who addressed the Board during Public Comment on the topic of the Nebraska Youth Climate Summit. 

The public comment can be found within the full board meeting video here.

Published: September 24, 2019, Updated: September 24, 2019