Lincoln is growing – and so is its reputation. Our city’s thriving ecosystem of neighborhoods, businesses and recreation make it one of the best places in the U.S. to live, work and raise a family.
Perhaps one of the most important effects of our rapid community expansion is the unparalleled growth of Lincoln Public Schools (LPS).
In the past 10 years alone, enrollment has increased by almost 15%, with over 6,400 new students entering our schools. While LPS continues to dedicate all of the resources it can to preparing a growing number of students for college, careers and beyond, challenges have begun to mount. For example:
- LPS high schools are operating about 115% over ideal capacity
- While ideal capacity is between 1,800 and 1,900 students, five of Lincoln’s six high schools are serving over 2,000 students
- Two over-capacity LPS high schools are currently serving over 2,300 students
- Capacity issues exist at elementary and middle school levels throughout the city
A 109-person team, formally known as the Superintendent Facilities Advisory Committee, spent the past year examining the needs of more than 60 schools in the LPS district. This committee’s recommendations have been carefully studied by the Lincoln School Board and pared down to maximize the potential of Lincoln’s current tax rate to meet the school district’s most critical needs.
Co-chaired by former LPS administrator Dr. Marilyn Moore and Lincoln attorney Max Rodenburg, Great Schools for Great Kids is a private committee built to support the Bond and encourage Lincoln voters to vote FOR the Bond in 2020.
Voting “FOR” great schools for great kids will not raise the current tax rate, but it will green-light the following imperative measures:
New School Facilities
- Two new high schools with capacity to serve 1,000 students each – and the ability to expand to 2,000 students
- One new elementary school in northeast Lincoln at 102nd and Holdrege streets
- A new wing or freestanding building at Arnold Elementary School for preschool and kindergarten classes
- An addition to Wysong Elementary – an eventuality the district planned for when it was built
- Classroom and gym additions at Scott Middle School, as well as gym or multipurpose additions at Dawes, Lefler, Lux, Mickle and Schoo middle schools
- Geothermal heating and air-cooling systems at Everett Elementary and Park Middle School, in addition to other code updates
- Funding to support infrastructure for maintenance and upgrades of roofs, lighting, windows, HVAC, paving, restrooms, bleachers, playgrounds, caulking and sealing, etc.
- New athletic and activities complexes at the new high school sites – with a little over half of the funding for these coming from private donations
- Upgrades to existing high school and middle school specialized learning spaces such as art, science and career and technical education
- Upgrades of existing high school specialized spaces and enhancements that embed elements of the new high schools into existing schools