Lincoln Public Schools Names New Elementary School after NWU Professor

NWU alumni will find something pleasantly familiar in Lincoln Public Schools’ newest elementary school. The city broke ground on Kloefkorn Elementary School on May 26. The name, approved by the Lincoln Board of Education in April, honors the late state poet and NWU Professor Emeritus of English William Kloefkorn.

Kloefkorn Elementary will stand southeast of 84th and Old Cheney Road. “The school will open in the fall of 2012 and will help reduce overcrowding at Maxey Elementary, one of the district’s largest elementaries,” the Lincoln Journal Star reported.

Two years ago, Lincoln Public Schools bestowed a similar honor on Kloefkorn’s friend, the former U.S. poet laureate Ted Kooser. Ann Jablonski, principal of Kooser Elementary, applauded the decision to name Lincoln’s newest school after Kloefkorn, saying students there will grow a special affinity for his work, just as her students have with Kooser’s. “Ted’s a bit of an icon here,” she said.

Jablonski was grateful for Kloefkorn’s long history of visits to schools across the state. “He would do these writing assignments and you’d read the kids’ work and think, ‘My goodness, how did he get these wonderful ideas to come out onto paper?’” Jablonski said. “I just love it that we honor people who make these kinds of contributions to our kids.”