The 2020-2021 was a year of opportunities for Lincoln Public Schools. Following the passage of the 2020 bond issues, LPS went right to work on a number of projects that support effective student learning environments and preparing for the growth of Lincoln. Northwest High (NW 48th and W. Holdrege) and Ada Robinson Elementary (just south of N 102nd and Holdrege are under construction and will be ready to open in the fall of 2022, with Standing Bear High School (70th and Saltillo)opening the following year.
A variety of projects at 14 other schools were also in progress beginning with the summer of 2020, including roofing, bleacher replacement, parking lot resurfacing, playground replacements and traffic flow enhancements.
In addressing health concerns of the COVID19 pandemic, Lincoln Public Schools worked tirelessly with local health officials to adjust its protocols and procedures to ensure the recommended learning environment. This collaboration made it possible for staff and students to continue to work and learn together and make steady progress progress toward achieving annual academic milestones and preparation for graduation.
In 2020-2021, the Nebraska Department of Education (NDE) used previous assessment scores for its AQuESTT accountability ratings. In its explanation, NDE noted that a requisite element for effective academic assessment, a necessity for valid accountability measures, is a stable academic environment. Trying to assess student programs in order to compare schools to a standard or to compare schools to each other was impossible with COVID-19 pandemic impacting schools so dramatically throughout the academic year. Information from the 2019-2020 academic year are included below.
Instruction accounts for 81.3% of total expenditures!