Lincoln Public Schools is revisiting its 10-year Facilities and Infrastructure plan after the district office fire put a slight kink in the timeline. Now, as the district increases by more than 400 students a year, it looks like the next decade could come with a hefty price tag.
Tuesday afternoon, the school board held a special work session to discuss a draft of the new plan.
Among many priorities and improvements, the document lists the need for two new elementary schools, a new middle school, and further down the line, a new high school.
If everything is accomplished, it's expected to cost in the neighborhood of $300 million.
"The city is growing at a relatively steady rate, but our student population is growing faster," LPS Director of Operations, Scott Wieskamp, said. "Our facilities are in really good shape, but we have a lot of new needs."
About seven years ago, voters passed a $250 million bond referendum, but most of that money is already spoken for.
It paid for 46 construction projects, including adding air conditioning and handicap accessibility to every facility, and reducing the number of portables needed from 107 to 22.
Wieskamp says he expects a majority of the new growth to be in the southeast portion of Lincoln.
The board says it's way to early to know when or if a new bond referendum would be voted on, but on Tuesday, the conversation was started.
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