Enrollment in Lincoln schools hits record high

Posted By: Brent BonFleur

bbonfleur@klkntv.com

Lincoln Public Schools are bursting at the seams!

School officials released enrollment total Friday afternoon.

The new total of 40,935 students (an increase of 987 from 2015) is a record high.

Since 2006, Lincoln schools have seen growth nearing 25 percent.

"The growth is happening all over the city so it’s not just in one area, which is good," Eric Weber, Associate Superintendent for Human Resources at LPS said.

"I think Lincoln is a place people want to be. They’re coming from other states, they’re coming from places in Nebraska – they’re coming from all over the world actually – and they’re finding Lincoln is a great community and a great place to raise a family and so they come to our schools and we’re going to be ready for them."

The record highs are hitting at every level – K-12.

Three LPS high schools now have enrollments over 2,000.

Lincoln North Star leads the way with 2,191, followed by Lincoln Southeast with 2,060 and Lincoln High with 2,036.

Two middle schools – Scott and Lux – now boast over 1,000 students.

Roper is the largest for elementary schools, with 855 students.

"It’s a great thing, but it also represents unique challenges," Weber said.

"Obviously, class rooms, making sure we have them staffed appropriately and also just space."

To help with the influx of students, LPS has hired 420 new teachers for the 2016 school year.

New schools are also popping up to house the students.

Just a few weeks ago, Wysong Elementary opened and Moore Middle School will open its doors next year.