Eight days ago the Journal Star ran an article describing the stresses that will be placed on Lincoln's high schools over the next several years as average enrollment in each school crosses 2,000 students. The obvious conclusion is that we're getting very close to the point at which we as a community need to start thinking about a new high school. The need isn't necessarily immediate, but it's clearly looming.
In today's paper [article not yet online], LPS officials are quoted as saying that we're in the clear for the next 5 to 7 years. Well, not really -- it's just that there are other, more pressing needs in that timeframe. It certainly makes sense to prioritize needs, and right now elementary and middle schools are the greater need. But relative to those schools, high schools are a Pretty Big Deal. I can't help but feel like some of the relevant conversations should get going sooner rather than later. Heck, maybe even set a goal opening date to help give the timeline a bit of shape.
I'm very curious where LPS will wind up putting the new high school, and what it will be called. This, after all, could be the school that ends the compass-based naming scheme we've relied on for so long. Unless we're going to call it Lincoln More Southeaster. My vote is for Cheney High School, since there's a very good chance it'll wind up in that area. Or we could solve some of the funding issues with Pinnacle Bank High School. The Pinnacle Bank Tellers has a nice ring to it...