Superintendent’s Facilities Advisory Makes Final Recommendations
Looking into the crystal ball of the future for Lincoln Public Schools, the Superintendent’s Facilities Advisory Committee released facility recommendations that would handle significant changes in security, behavioral and career issues for LPS students, look ahead to the technology of classrooms in the coming years, and handle dramatic student growth.
The Committee’s list of top facility and infrastructure priorities for the next decade at LPS – released at the group’s final meeting at Park Middle School – included: ensuring secured entrances at all schools, establishing the groundwork necessary for delivering digital curriculum content, providing adequate spaces for students and programs of all specialized needs, fully funding a high school career academy, and continued investment in construction of new and expanded facilities and maintenance and upgrades.
The Committee – made up of about 80 community and school stakeholders from across the city – will officially present the recommendations to Superintendent Steve Joel and the Lincoln Board of Education at the next Board meeting Tuesday, Sept. 10. LPS staff will add price tags and the Board of Education will discuss and prioritize for a possible bond issue in 2014.
The Committee was led by Keith Prettyman and Connie Duncan.
Highlights from each of five subcommittees identifying over-arching needs:
Safety and Security
- Implementing solutions to secure buildings entrances and control all other building access in every school. Solutions may vary from school to school and include relocating office spaces, 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 for appropriate space for community partners.
- Planning for 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 promoting equity through the community.
- Considering potential community utilization when designing new or renovating existing facilities, in order to accommodate children’s family and neighborhood needs.