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December 12, 2016 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:  Led by Cub Scouts from Mid-America Council, Pack 308 - Den 4 and Den 7.
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: 

Madam President, members of the board, our School Spotlight is on Central High, Burke High and North High Magnet School.

Congratulations to seven OPS high school seniors who were selected as National Merit Semifinalists for the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program.  We’d like to recognize Darrel Chew from Omaha North, Luke Keller and Fern Thaisetthawatkul from Omaha Burke, and Jacob Curley, Christopher Sheridan, Miles Kay, and Lucy Cordes from Central High School.

These academically talented students now have the opportunity to qualify as finalists of the National Merit Scholarship competition by meeting high academic standards and other application requirements. Finalists will be notified sometime in February 2017.

We salute these students for their academic achievements thus far and welcome Dr. Bennett, Mr. Haynes and Dr. Scraggs to the podium.

G. Board and Superintendent Communications
G.1. Superintendent
Attachments: (4)
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. Monday, November 21, 2016 - Regular Meeting
Attachments: (1)
I.1.b. Monday, December 5, 2016 - Board Workshop
Attachments: (1)
I.2. Staff Adjustments
Attachments: (1)
I.3. 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 REPORT A

Attachments: (4)
I.4. 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 REPORT B

Attachments: (1)
I.5. Claims - School District of Omaha - Report C
Rationale: 

It is recommended that the claims for the School District of Omaha be approved as presented by the central administrative staff.

A.  CLAIMS REPORT C

Attachments: (1)
I.6. Claims - Educational Service Unit No. 19
Rationale:  It is recommended that the claims for Educational Service Unite No. 19 be approved as presented by the central administrative staff.
Attachments: (1)
I.7. Grant Fund Budget Adjustments
Attachments: (2)
I.8. Committee on Claims Audit Approval 12/12/2016
Rationale:  The Committee on Claims met on 12/12/2016 and approved the audit of claims conducted by the Secretary to the Board of Education. 
Attachments: (1)
I.9. Head Start Monthly Governing Body Report
Attachments: (1)
I.10. Cooperative Learning 2-Day Workshop (Level 1) Kagan Professional Development
Attachments: (1)
I.11. Cooperative Learning 2-Day Workshop (Level 2) Kagan Professional Development
Attachments: (1)
I.12. HP Probook 455 Computers & Charging Carts For Benson High
I.13. Bid No. 17-005 Epson Projectors
Attachments: (1)
I.14. Bid No. 17-011 2014 Bond Prog FLSS Improv King Science & McMillan Schools
I.15. Bid No. 17-013 2014 Bond Prog FLSS Improv Marrs Magnet Middle & Minne Lusa Elem
I.16. Bid No. 17-012 2014 Bond Prog FLSS Planning Area A - Various Schools
Attachments: (1)
I.17. Design Firm Selection 2014 Bond Prog OPS Elem School 32nd & Burt Sts
I.18. Certificates Of Substantial Completion
Attachments: (1)
I.19. Declaration Of Surplus For Property At 307 N 33rd Street
Attachments: (1)
I.20. Promethean Activpanel Flat Screens
Attachments: (1)
I.21. Two-Way Radio Equipment (Student Transportation)
Attachments: (1)
J. Discussion and/or Action Items
J.1. Information Item(s)
J.1.a. Recognition of Board Members
J.1.b. District Level Nebraska State Assessment Results
Attachments: (1)
J.1.c. Naming Northwest High School Athletic Renovations
Rationale:  Representatives of Northwest High School will be present to request that the school’s auxiliary gymnasium, weight room, training room, and concession areas being renovated as a part of the 2014 Bond Issue be named in honor of Jack Hallstrom.
Attachments: (2)
J.1.d. Update on Superintendent Search
Rationale:  The Board President will provide an update on the Superintendent Search. 
J.2. Action Item(s)
J.2.a. 2015-2016 Audits
Rationale: 

Presentation of 2015-2016 Audits

Staff and representatives from Seim Johnson L.L.P. will present for review and acceptance the 2015-2016 Annual Audits Reports of the Omaha Public School District, Educational Service Unit No. 19, KIOS-FM Radio Station, and Omaha, School Employees Retirement System.

Attachments: (11)
J.2.b. OSERS Portfolio Purchases July through November
Attachments: (1)
K. Receipt of Reports
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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