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January 23, 2017 at 6:00 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
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: 

Board of Education School Spotlight – Jan. 23, 2017

Madam President, members of the board, our School Spotlight this evening is on Omaha Northwest High School student Ghawayne Calvin and Omaha South High School student Ana Perez-Villagomez.

These two students were selected to serve on the Better Make Room Initiative Student Advisory Board. The initiative is one of former First Lady Michelle Obama’s programs. Better Make Room seeks to celebrate education, navigate the college going process and change the national conversation around education.  Calvin and Villagomez are now two OPS voices represented on a board of 17 student members total.

We salute Calvin and Villagomez for representing OPS and the state. We now welcome principals Thomas Lee and Ruben Cano who will introduce the students and College Possible coaches, who supported and traveled with the students during their trip to the White House earlier this month.

G. Board and Superintendent Communications
G.1. Treasurer
Rationale:  The Treasurer's Report for December 2016 is attached for review.
Attachments: (1)
G.2. Superintendent
Attachments: (1)
G.3. 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, January 9, 2017 - Regular Meeting
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 - 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.6. Committee on Claims Audit Approval 01/23/2017
Rationale:  The Committee on Claims met on 01/23/2017 and approved the audit of claims conducted by the Secretary to the Board of Education. 
Attachments: (1)
I.7. Grant Fund Budget Adjustments
Attachments: (2)
I.8. Change Order No. 001 2014 Bond Program Planning Area C: FLSST Edison & Masters Elem
Rationale:  Change Order No. 001 2014 Bond Program – Planning Area C: FLST – Edison & Masters Elem
I.9. Amendment No.001 2014 Bond Program Hausmann Agreemnt Benson High
Attachments: (1)
I.10. Grace University Real Estate Purchase Agreement
I.11. Bid No. 17-020 2014 Bond Program FLSS – Plan Area A: Various Schools
Attachments: (1)
J. Discussion and/or Action Items
J.1. Information Item(s)
J.1.a. McPherson/Jacobson Presentation
Rationale:  McPherson/Jacobson will be providing the results of the Community Forums held between January 10 - 14th.  
J.2. Action Item(s)
J.2.a. Legislative Update
Rationale:  The Board may vote on any items presented by the District Lobbyist, John Lindsay, and any bill currently in front of the Nebraska Legislature.
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. Election of Officers
Attachments: (2)
N. Adjournment

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