Looking toward the future of LPS, our community, our country

The Lincoln Board of Education Tuesday evening discussed the first draft of what is called the Lincoln Public Schools Ten-Year Facility and Infrastructure Plan.  This is a major work in progress that will evolve over time, and the necessity for forward planning is obvious.  With more than 4,000 new students enrolled …

Our generation of students gives me hope

In August my wife and I were checking out at Hy-Vee, and the student who was bagging our groceries looked straight at me and said he hoped this was the year Lincoln Public Schools kids would get their true allotment of snow days.  My wife asked him what he meant …

Reality of coming school year defines our work

As the summer has passed the halfway mark, everyone at Lincoln Public Schools has turned their attention to the beginning of a new school year.   The brief lull our school district experiences in June allows us to recharge our batteries, spend some quality time with family and get in some …

The first two weeks of June

The first two weeks of June are the best for a Midwest superintendent. The frenzy represented by the end of a school year (graduations, retirement celebrations and numerous invitations to student and staff events) gives way to a few days of reflecting on the school year, planning summer meetings, and …

Power of LPS public education echoes across globe

Recently I had moments of special gratitude for the miracles public education can create for our students and families – moments that went above and beyond my everyday experiences. Last week I ventured to Lincoln North Star High School to visit with several English Language Learner (ELL) students who were …

Local, national voices join conversation on public education

This past week has certainly been interesting and enlightening with local, state and national voices. Listening to the discussion regarding state aid and property tax relief – taking place with the State Legislature’s joint Revenue and Education Committees earlier this week– gave insight to the difficulties associated with the many …

LPS: We make miracles happen every day, one child at a time

This was also posted in the Lincoln Journal Star as a guest column. When Andrey Naidenoff came to Lincoln Public Schools in ninth grade, his father was in prison and his mother struggled with addiction. This spring he became an award-winning 2015 graduate of Southwest High School after transforming his …