Annual Report for Lincoln Public Schools

2020–2021 was a year of opportunities for Lincoln Public Schools

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.

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.

2020–2021 Expenditure Budget: $462,803,195

Instruction accounts for 81.3% of total expenditures!

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For more information, visit lps.org/budget