More than 40,000 LPS students head back to school

Nearly 500 begin classes at brand-new Lincoln Northwest High School

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – More than 40,000 students are starting to head back to the classroom in the Capital City.

A select portion of them are in a brand-new school.

The freshman class of Lincoln Northwest were the first students in the building on Monday, as the sophomores and juniors don’t have their first day until Tuesday.

The students were excited to see the new building, and some touted the architecture as something they love about it.

They were a little nervous about the transition to a new place with new teachers and students.

“I was actually pretty nervous, not only because it’s a new school, but because it’s a big school, and I haven’t been in a school this big before,” freshman Kyana Schoen said.

While the students spent some time learning their way around, the staff was excited to be back and see all of the students walk through the doors for the first time.

Principal Cedric Cooper was ecstatic seeing the students.

“Today, it was a phenomenal day with our students,” he said.  “We were so excited to see the kids walk through the building this morning to navigate our spaces, to be able to see where their class are, and to have lunch.  We had an excellent first day at Lincoln Northwest High School.”

The construction of the school is not complete, but Cooper expects the gym and auxiliary gym to be done within the next few weeks.

He said the pool and auditorium will take a few more months to complete.

Going down a few grades, it was also the first day for students at Belmont Elementary School.

The first day involved lots of orientations with their new teachers, going over what to expect this year.

Some of the students wished summer didn’t end, but others were ready to get back into the classroom.

“I was excited about doing new stuff and learning new stuff,” fourth grader Jaleah Loudermilk said. “And summer … it was fun, but I was just ready for school to start.”

Some elementary students will have to wait a little bit longer for school to start though.

Students who will attend the new Ada Robinson Elementary School have to wait until Aug. 29 to see the school due to construction not being completed in time.

Class time at Robinson will be extended 17 minutes throughout the school year to make up for time lost.

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