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LPS task force looks at the future

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By: Bill Schammert

With bond money all but exhausted, and Lincoln Public Schools expected to grow by almost 700 students next year, the Superintendent's Facility Advisory Committee has been formed.

Tuesday, they met for the first time.

"We have a lot of needs and limited resources.  There in comes your work," LPS Superintendent, Dr. Steve Joel, told the crowd of almost 80 at Lincoln High School.

It's a group made up of parents, teachers, administrators, former staff and community members; all with one goal: prepare LPS for the next decade and beyond.

"The district has grown by about an elementary school every year for the past ten years," committee chair, Keith Prettyman, said.  "There are facilities needs, infrastructure needs and everyone is talking about security."

New schools will obviously be looked at, but the group will also address the changes in technology and how to update a wide variety of security systems.

Prettyman is hopeful this can be done without raising taxes.

"Hopefully there will be some capacity where we can raise the bond money, but not the levy limit," he said.

The group is expected to meet several times over the spring and summer months, then give a recommendation next fall.

Prettyman says it is needed by October so the district can determine whether a new bond referendum might need to go before the voters.

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