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February 3, 2020 at 6:30 PM - Omaha Public Schools Board of Education and Educational Service Unit 19 Board Meeting

Agenda
A. OPS Board Of Education Information
Rationale: 

Notice to visitors: If you wish to speak, please obtain a “Request to be Heard” form from the entry table and return the completed form to the table attendant or the Board of Education Director.

The agenda will be kept current and available for public inspection in the office of the Secretary of the Board of Education at the Administrative Building during regular working hours. 

Board members may request specific agenda item(s) be moved to a different place on the agenda.  Please attend the entire meeting to ensure you hear discussion on a particular agenda item.

Pursuant to Section 84-1412 of the Nebraska Statutes, the public is hereby informed that a current copy of the Nebraska Open Meetings Act is posted in the Board meeting room on the north wall.

Agenda items are subject to reordering at discretion of the board president, please attend the entire meeting to ensure you're able to hear any discussion. If you would like to rehear any discussion, please listen to our podcast located on the District Web Page, district.ops.org.

B. Call to Order
C. Pledge of Allegiance
Rationale:  The Benson High School JROTC will present the Colors and lead the Pledge of Allegiance.
D. OPS Vision and Mission Statement
Rationale:  The Vision:  Every Student.  Every Day.  Prepared for Success.

The Mission:  Omaha Public Schools prepares all students to excel in college, career, and life.
E. Roll Call
E.1. Excused/Unexcused Absence
F. School Spotlight
Rationale:  Burke Aviation

Board President Snow, Vice President Dr. Holman, members of the board and Superintendent Dr. Logan. We are very happy to introduce the students of Burke Aviation - one of the rigorous and engaging programs available to our students. This year, students have enjoyed both a trip to visit a major airline - and they're tackling a hands-on project at the Millard Airport as well. To share more about the work I'm happy to introduce Principal Gaye Lannan and Curriculum Specialist Andrew Brooks.
 
Attachments: (1)
G. Board and Superintendent Communications
G.1. Superintendent
Attachments: (1)
G.2. Board Members
H. Public Comment and Recognition
I. Consent Agenda
Rationale:  At this time, any Board member may request that any item in the consent agenda be removed from the consent agenda and be considered and voted on separately. 
I.1. Reading of Minutes
I.1.a. Thursday, January 23, 2020 - Regular Meeting
Attachments: (1)
I.2. Amendment No. 001 To The Agreement With Hausmann Construction, Inc. - 2018 Bond Program - New Elementary School 1000 N. Fort Crook Road
I.3. Appointment of Shavonna Holman to the NASB Legislation Committee
Rationale:  Shavonna Holman will be appointed to the Nebraska Association of School Boards (NASB) Legislation Committee as Legislation Committee Member #2 (term will end December 2026).
I.4. Approval of application for and issuance of the following letters of credit for the benefit of the City of Omaha, in the amounts and for the projects set forth below:

A.  New high school at 60th and L Streets:  Letter of Credit in the amount of $80,400.00.
B.  New high school at 156th and Ida Streets:  Letter of Credit in the amount of $88,560.00.
Rationale:  The Administration recommends that the Board of Education approve the application for letters of credit in the amounts stated in the Agenda item and the issuance of the letters of credit.  These letters of credit will be in favor of the City of Omaha and are to be furnished to the City in compliance with the requirements of the Subdivision Agreements between the School District and the City previously approved by the Board for each new high school site.  The purpose of the letters of credit is to provide funds to the City of Omaha for tree mitigation at the new high school sites in the event that the School District does not meet its tree mitigation obligations required in each Subdivision Agreement.  Funds can only be drawn on the letters of credit by the City if the School District does not perform its tree mitigation obligations.  The President and Secretary of the Board of Education shall be authorized to execute all documents necessary for application and issuance of the letters of credit. 
I.5. Approval of The Omaha Public Power District Right-Of-Way Easement at the New Elementary School: 1000 N. Fort Crook Road  
 
I.6. Change Order No. 001 - 2018 Bond Program - Tenant Improvements- Transition Program School
Attachments: (1)
I.7. Claims - School District of Omaha - Report A
Rationale:  It is recommended that the claims for the School District of Omaha be approved as presented by the Central Administrative Staff.

A.  CLAIMS A REPORT
Attachments: (4)
I.8. Claims - School District of Omaha - Report B
 
Rationale:  It is recommended that the claims for the School District of Omaha be approved as presented by the Central Administrative Staff.

A.  CLAIMS B REPORT
Attachments: (1)
I.9. Claims - Educational Service Unit No. 19
Rationale:  It is recommended that the claims for Educational Service Unit No. 19 be approved as presented by the Central Administrative Staff.
Attachments: (1)
I.10. Committee on Claims Audit Approval 02/03/2020
Rationale:  The Committee on Claims met on 02/03/2020 and approved the audit of claims conducted by the Secretary to the Board of Education. 
Attachments: (1)
I.11. Contract with Steele Dynamics for High School Transformation
Rationale:  Dr. Jay Steele, CEO of Steele Dynamics and President of National Career Academy Coalition, along with his team will work with the Omaha Public Schools in the following high school areas: 1.) Create a district vision and plan for program offerings that provide all students equitable  access to high quality programs  aligned with H3 needs for Nebraska to include the two new high schools.  2.) Improve the college and career planning process 3.) Increase rigor in the classroom through teacher collaboration, professional development, and more opportunities for experiential learning 4.)Look for ways to expand interventions and alternative programming so that all students increase attendance and earn a high school diploma in four years
Attachments: (1)
I.12. Staff Adjustments
Attachments: (1)
J. Discussion and/or Action Items
J.1. Action Item(s)
J.1.a. Strategic Plan of Action
Rationale:  Dr. Logan will present the Strategic Plan of Action to the Board of Education for approval. 
J.1.b. Legislative Update
Attachments: (1)
J.2. Information Item(s)
J.2.a. Budget Amendment
Rationale:  Scott Roberts, Chief Financial Officer, will provide the Board of Education information on proposed budget amendment. 
Attachments: (1)
J.2.b. Phase I, Phase II, and Citizens Bond Oversight Committee (CBOC) Update
Attachments: (4)
J.2.c. Here Comes the Bus Update
Rationale:  Staff will provide the Board of Education an update on the Here Comes the Bus application. 
Attachments: (1)
K. Receipt of Reports
K.1. District English Learner and Refugee Report 2019-2020
K.2. OSERS Audit
Attachments: (1)
L. Request for Closed Session
Rationale:  The Omaha Board of Education is authorized by state statute to hold closed sessions.  Closed sessions may be held when clearly necessary for the protection of the public interest or for the prevention of needless injury to the reputation of an individual.  Reasons that meet this standard include but are not limited to:  (a) strategy sessions with respect to collective bargaining, real estate matters, pending litigation, or litigation which is imminent as evidenced by communication of a claim or threat of litigation to or by the public body; (b) discussion regarding deployment of security personnel or devices; (c) investigative proceedings regarding allegations of criminal misconduct; (d) evaluation of the job performance of a person when necessary to prevent needless injury to the reputation of a person and if such person has not requested a public meeting; and (e) legal advice.

Explanation

At this point, it is appropriate for the Board to meet in closed session for one of the stated matters and/or any other permissible closed session matters in compliance with the law.

PROPOSAL:

That the Board hold a closed session:

1.  For strategy session with respect to negotiations/collective bargaining clearly necessary for the protection of the public interest or for the prevention of needless injury to the reputation of an individual in compliance with the law.

2.  For strategy session with respect to property/real estate matters clearly necessary for the protection of the public interest or for the prevention of needless injury to the reputation of an individual in compliance with the law.

3.  For strategy session with respect to pending litigation, or litigation which is imminent as evidenced by communication of a claim or threat of litigation to or by the public body clearly necessary for the protection of the public interest or for the prevention of needless injury to the reputation of an individual in compliance with the law.

4.  For discussion regarding deployment of security personnel or devices clearly necessary for the protection of the public interest or for the prevention of needless injury to the reputation of an individual in compliance with the law.

5.  For investigative proceedings regarding allegations of criminal misconduct clearly necessary for the protection of the public interest or for the prevention of needless injury to the reputation of an individual in compliance with the law.

6.  For personnel and the evaluation of job performance clearly necessary for the protection of the public interest or for the prevention of needless injury to the reputation of an individual in compliance with the law.

7.  For discussions of the legal consequences of specific action and legal advice clearly necessary for the protection of the public interest or for the prevention of  needless injury to the reputation of an individual in compliance with the law.

 
M. Adjournment

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