The Lincoln Public School's district is growing at almost 900 students per year, an equivalent to nearly two elementary schools. When it comes to facilities and resources, there aren't enough.
An increase in student enrollment is a good thing, but even the state's second largest school district simply doesn't have the space or resources to keep up with that kind of growth.
"We have to maintain our facilities and Lincoln takes great pride in school facilities," LPS superintendent Dr. Steve Joel said.
When it comes to a school district with more than 60 buildings, there is always something that needs to be done.
"We're looking at the career academy, technology, security and additional space for student services," said Joel.
The next step, prioritizing those needs.
"LPS staff has taken recommendations," LPS board of education president Don Mayhew said. "They're reconciling against our list of known needs to try to come up with a list of things that we might need to take care of in the very near future," said Don Mayhew.
Those include the proposed career academy, secured entrances and new schools for an increase in students.
"Each board member represents an area of the community and each area of the community has needs," Joel said. "We want to make sure we're looking at that through a lens that appears to be equitable and certainly takes care of addressing some of the key problems."
Part of the process is deciding whether to add on to a current school or build a new one.
The board will meet several times in the coming months to decide how to fund the projects. One option they are considering is a bond issue.