Annual Report for Lincoln Public Schools

The 2019-2020 school year presented a number of opportunities and challenges for Lincoln Public Schools.

The 2019-2020 school year presented a number of opportunities and challenges for Lincoln Public Schools.

After two years of working with groups of stakeholders, the Lincoln Board of Education passed a resolution on Dec. 10, 2019, calling for a special election asking voters to approve a $290 million bond issue to address building needs throughout the school district identified in the updated LPS 10-year Facility and Infrastructure Plan. On Feb. 11, 2020, Lincoln voters passed the Bond resolution by 62%.

We are so incredibly grateful to our community, and are humbled by their continued support. This is a community that embraces one another, embodies the power of public education, and sees the value in working together to provide opportunities for future generations.

After Spring Break in 2020, Lincoln Public Schools moved all students and staff to remote instruction after cases of COVID-19 were reported in Nebraska. Under a state-wide Directed Health Measure issued by the Governor in April, LPS finished the school year remotely.


In October 2019, Lincoln Public Schools received a designation of “Great” as part of the Nebraska Department of Education’s Accountability for a Quality Education System, Today and Tomorrow (AQuESTT). After a review in November, no schools within Lincoln Public Schools were listed on the “Needs Improvement” list, a first since AQuESTT was implemented.

A few other accountability highlights

LPS By the Numbers

Total Enrollment
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Daily Attendance
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Free/Reduced Lunch Participants
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Students in Gifted Education
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Students in Special Education
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English Language Learners
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On-Time Graduation Rate
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Graduated in 4-7 Years


LPS has a solid process for budget development, using a three-year forecasting and sustainability model to manage and stabilize the swings in state funding revenue. LPS is one of the lowest-spending school districts in the state for per-pupil costs and has been for decades – ranking 224 out of 244 school districts in Nebraska in per-pupil spending, more than $1,000 lower than the state average.

2019–2020 Expenditure Budget: $458,572,910

For more information, visit lps.org/budget