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Lincoln School Board and LEA members vote together for LPS bond issue

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By: Lauren Fabrizi

Just two days after ballots were sent out, a group of Lincoln School Board and Lincoln Education Association members came out Friday afternoon to show support for the LPS bond issue and get their votes in right away.

If approved, the $153 million bond issue will fund a new elementary school and middle school, renovations at existing facilities and a $26 million career center at Southeast Community College.

The last time LPS has a bond issue this large was back in 2006.

School board members said with about 1,000 students being added to Lincoln Public Schools in the last year, the bond issue is completely necessary.

"I think people understand that this is work that is needed, there's a demonstrated need," Don Mayhew of the Lincoln School Board said. "I think that they feel this is an intelligent way to go about getting that work done."

"Just a good day to get it kicked off and moving in the right direction, hopefully," Steve Joel, LPS superintendent said.

If approved, the LPS bond issue will not raise property tax rates. Anyone in the LPS district can vote.

Ballots must be dropped off to the Election Commissioner's Office at 601 N. 46th St. by 5 p.m. on Feb. 11.

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