LPS bond issue election approaching

By: Brittany Paris

In less than a month, the Lincoln Public Schools community will have to make a decision. Will a $153 million bond issue be approved?

LPS is hopeful and says the community seems supportive.

“We've had good reception. People are asking great questions,” Dr. Steve Joel, LPS Superintendent, said.

“It's pretty encouraging. I think I see the positive aspect of it. Obviously our town is growing, we need more space,” Colin Emmons, Lincoln, said.

The money will pay for a new elementary school, a new middle school, a career academy, additions and renovations at existing schools, and improving security and technology.

They're asking the community to vote in a special election where ballots will be mailed to all registered voters who live in the school district.

But LPS says they have a few concerns about this election.

“One of my biggest concerns is that it will come in the mail,” Don Mayhew, Board of Education member, said. “A lot of people may not be aware of it and you'll just toss it out with the junk mail.”

The ballots will be mailed out between January 22 and 31.

Whether you're for or against the bond, LPS says the most important thing is to get your ballot into the Election Commissioner of Lancaster County no later than 5 p.m. on February 11.

There are three ways to vote. Put your ballot in the return envelope. Or you can drop it off in person at the Election Commissioner's office at 601 N. 46th Street. There's also a ballot drop-box in front of the building.

Again, the deadline is 5 p.m. February 11, so if you mail it on the 11th, you'll be too late.

There are three more informational meetings:

Thursday, January 16 at Lincoln High School from 4 to 5 p.m.
Thursday, January 16 at Lincoln High School from 5 to 6 p.m.
Tuesday, January 21 at the LPS District Office at 6 p.m.

For more information on the bond issue and how it will impact each school, go to www.lps.org/2014bond