Last spring, Lincoln Public Schools Superintendent Steve Joel called together the Superintendent’s Facility Advisory Committee (SFAC). The SFAC was made up of approximately 80 community and school stakeholders from across the city and was asked to consider the school district’s facility and infrastructure priorities for the coming 10 years. The Committee provided the following recommendations to Superintendent Steve Joel at the school board meeting on September 10, 2013.
Safety and Security
- Implementing solutions to secure building entrances and control all other building accesses in every school. Solutions may vary from school to school and include relocating office spaces and adding keyless entrances and/or keyless doors.
- Examining the traffic flow at existing schools with appropriate governmental organizations followed by implementing solutions to address needs at high priority sites such as cutouts, drop-off and pick-up loops, and one-way traffic plans.
- Utilizing cameras to enhance security in high-priority areas.
- Providing the tools necessary for crisis communication.
- Increasing the capacity of the district’s fiber network to ensure timely delivery of curriculum content to all district locations and the ability to support an anywhere/anytime use of collaborative and creative software environments.
- Upgrading wireless infrastructure for every classroom and instructional area, as necessary.
- Providing every classroom with equipment essential for interaction with digital curriculum content.
- Accommodating the need to emphasize small, flexible spaces close to classrooms to meet student needs in new and existing facilities.
- Providing appropriate space for community partners.
- Planning adequate space for preschool and early intervention in all elementary schools.
- Providing space for specialized programming (music, art, etc.) within the school day to meet unique instructional space and storage needs.
- Fully funding the construction of a high school career academy.
Facilities and infrastructure
- Funding the construction of new facilities, including the potential expansion of existing facilities, for elementary and middle school needs based on enrollment projections.
- Continuing to invest in sound maintenance practices and upgrades to promote equity throughout the community.
- Considering potential community utilization when designing new or renovating existing facilities, in order to accommodate the needs of children, families, and neighborhoods.
Community members Keith Prettyman and Connie Duncan led the Committee. Duncan is a former LPS teacher, now works with Southeast Community College, and serves as president of the Boys & Girls Club of Lincoln. Prettyman is a Lincoln attorney and former member of the Lincoln Board of Education.
The Committee met over the course of six months. Meetings regularly included extensive review of information provided by district staff and lengthy discussions about priorities for the future of LPS. All of the information related to the work of the committee is available in the Superintendent’s Facility Advisory Committee Recommendation document.