Lincoln, Neb.-- The Lincoln Public Schools Superintendent's Facility Advisory Committee gave recommendations Wednesday for improving district facilities over the next decade.
The committee of about 80 members met to break down the basics of each recommendation.
Each committee member had been divided into a group focusing on specific area of the recommendations.
"They were able to discuss everything within that particular area," Keith Prettyman, the committee's co-chair, said, "and make some super recommendations."
The five needs addressed in the meeting were safety and security, technology, student services, funding a career academy and facilities and infrastructure improvements.
When it comes to safety and security, for example, they said 31 LPS schools have no specific, secure entrance for visitors.
They addressed those issues and others in a 14 page document that they're not releasing to the public until finalized.
"This is all about kids," Prettyman said, "it's all about kids in community, and people want to make sure that this is something bigger than just building."
In regards to how much time, effort and money is dedicated to each area, Prettyman said that's up to the superintendent and Lincoln Board of Education.
"We as a board have tried to shy away from prioritizing," Prettyman said.
"That is really the job of the superintendent and the board."
Prettyman said their job focused solely on providing a facilities-based recommendation for the superintendent to take to the Board of Education.
According to Prettyman, these recommendations may not increase Lincoln's tax levies, either.
The other committee co-chair, Connie Duncan, said the finalized recommendations will be presented to the superintendent on Sept. 10.
Duncan and Prettyman said they think these recommendations will help the district stay current with technology and provide a safer learning environment to children.
"Every one of the people in here are either a parent, a public citizen or maybe just a volunteer," Duncan said.
"So, we all have that common theme that we want to improve our schools."