Posted By: Camila Orti
As Lincoln continues to grow, so does the number of kids in our schools. Official Lincoln Public Schools enrollment increased by 2 1/2 percent over the last year. That's an increase of 943 students.
Jane Stavem, Associate Superintendent for Instruction says the district is already in the planning stages to add more schools.
"We start to get to that point where we're full to overflowing and that's the point where you look at new construction," Stavem said.
A small elementary school in northeast Lincoln is the perfect example of this growth.
"It was a little gem in Northeast Lincoln that nobody knew about, tucked up against a little cornfield, so who would know where that is," Norwood Park Principal Pam Hale said.
Norwood Park Elementary, located near north 72nd and Havelock, was almost shut down in 2007 because numbers were so low. The school has about 200 students today... An 80 percent increase over the past five years.
"We definitely have become a community school, we believe in engaging our students, our family and the neighborhood around us," Hale said.
Hale says that's the secret to becoming a school kids want to go to.
"We've created a warm, welcoming environment."
And one with extremely successful academics. Norwood Park received the national Blue Ribbon Award last year...
"We are very proud of it."
LPS administrators say they expect enrollment numbers to continue to increase. Southeast High School is the largest high school, with more than 2,000 students..
Lux is the largest middle school, and Roper comes in this year as the largest elementary school.