Our district continues to grow and our high schools are now at 106% of capacity. In order to maintain school choice and a quality education, we will need to increase capacity for an additional 2,000 to 2,500 high school students in the next 10 years. Since 2017, Bob has co-chaired the task force looking into how to best to accomplish this expansion.
If elected to the Board of Education, Bob would hit the ground running on what is likely the most important decision facing the Board of Education in the coming years. Additionally, he wants to expand access to more project-based learning in all of our high schools so students have the job skills needed in a 21st-century work environment.
Lower Property Taxes
Lincoln has higher property taxes than comparable communities because our state chooses to fund K-12 education primarily through property taxes. This is a structural problem in how our state funds education. Nebraska ranks 49th for state funding of K-12 education. Closing our excessive number of sales tax exemptions would broaden the base of state funding for education and lower our property tax burden.
Bob has spent more than 10 years working with Lincoln Public Schools to improve the health of students. Together, they have made substantial gains in improving the fitness of students and their results have been highlighted nationally by the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation and published nationally in the Journal of Pediatrics. Their work has also expanded into how health improvements increase our children’s academic achievement.
Next steps include revising the elementary school day and curriculum to accommodate the recommended amounts of physical education, recess, and lunchtime for our students to have a healthy school day.