Official enrollment for Lincoln Public Schools soared to 37,845 students for the 2013-14 school year with 943 more learners than last year: growth that equals the equivalent of adding the number of students who attend two average-sized elementary schools.
LPS is the second largest school district in the state of Nebraska, and while more kids receiving an education is a good thing, there are concerns that come with a growing school district.
"I don't want her to struggle or fall behind because she's not getting that one-on-one time," Culler mom Michelle Wiatt said.
The schools are seeing the effects, too.
"We shoved a few more desks in classrooms," Culler principal Gary Czapla said. "We had to get a few more textbooks, but it's nothing we can't handle."
Teachers are being reinforced that they need to maintain a strong relationship with their students.
"We talk to teachers," Czapla said. "We tell them they need to make time to get to know their students and to call their parents."
Wiatt knows bullying is an issue, and fears with more students come more problems.
"I worry about it every day with my daughter," Waitt said, "and I'm worried there are going to be more kids that slip through the cracks."
The poverty rate for LPS also increased this year reaching a record 44.5 percent of all students – compared to 42.5 percent last year – a statistic measured by the number of students on free and reduced lunch.
"I don't see it as a bad thing," Czapla said. "It doesn't stop us from educating students."
The official student enrollment count for LPS is recorded each year on the fourth Friday of September when numbers are reported to the State Department of Education.