Public Meeting Agenda: March 20, 2017 at 6:30 PM - Omaha Public Schools Board of Education and Educational Service Unit 19 Board Meeting

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March 20, 2017 at 6:30 PM - Omaha Public Schools Board of Education and Educational Service Unit 19 Board Meeting Agenda

March 20, 2017 at 6:30 PM - Omaha Public Schools Board of Education and Educational Service Unit 19 Board Meeting
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. Board and Superintendent Communications
F.1. Treasurer
Rationale:  The Treasurer's Report for February 2017 is attached for review
Attachments:
F.2. Superintendent
Attachments:
F.3. Board Members
G. Public Comment and Recognition
H. 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. 
H.1. Reading of Minutes
H.1.a. Monday, March 6, 2017 - Regular Meeting
Attachments:
H.1.b. Tuesday, March 7, 2017 - Special Meeting
Attachments:
H.2. Staff Adjustments
Attachments:
H.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:
H.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:
H.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:
H.6. Committee on Claims Audit Approval 3/20/2017
Rationale:  The Committee on Claims met on 3/20/2017 and approved the audit of claims conducted by the Secretary to the Board of Education. 
Attachments:
H.7. Grant Fund Budget Adjustments
Attachments:
H.8. Outfitting Mobile Learning Unit
H.9. Change Order No. 001 2014 Bond Program Fire, Life Safety, And Security Upgrades South High
H.10. Change Order No. 001 2014 Bond Prog Capital Improvements Joslyn Elem
H.11. Change Order No. 001 2014 Bond Prog Capital Improvements Lothrop Elem
H.12. Bid No. 17-014 Vehicles – Fifteen Type A Buses And Five Type C Wheelchair Buses
H.13. Amendment No. 002 To The Agreement With The Weitz Company 2014 Bond Prog Burke High
H.14. Educational Specifications 2014 Bond Prog OPS 32nd & Burt Street Replacement School Project
H.15. Gorecki Settlement Agreement
Rationale: 

Tort Claim Settlement.  Staff recommends approval of the attached Settlement Agreement between Bernice and David Gorecki and Omaha Public Schools and the Nebraska School Activities Association.  Bernice and David Gorecki filed a tort claim after Berince Gorecki was hit by a discus at the Nebraska State Track Meet on May 24, 2014.    

Attachments:
H.16. English Language Arts Textbook and Materials Adoption
Rationale: 
The Department of Curriculum and Instruction Support is requesting approval at the March 20, 2017 Board of Education meeting to purchase curriculum materials and resources. This recommendation aligns with Guiding Principle 2 Objective 2.2 of the Strategic Plan. 
Attachments:
I. Discussion and/or Action Items
I.1. Information Item(s)
I.1.a. Committees of the Board Update
Rationale:  Committees of the Board of Education will provide a brief update.

Committees:
Accountability - March 17, 2017 and scheduled for March 21, 2017
Budget and Audit
Communications
Policy - Scheduled for March 21, 2017
Americanism
Student Assignment Plan - scheduled for March 28, 2017
Legislative - March 10, 2017, scheduled for March 21, 2017
Construction Manager at Risk (CM@R)
Citizen Bond Oversight Committee (CBOC)
Code of Conduct
I.1.b. Proposed Expansion of the Middle Level Alternative Program
Attachments:
I.2. Action Item(s)
I.2.a. Recommendation of the Accountability Committee
I.2.b. 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:
I.2.c. Design Firm Selection 2014 Bond Prog Columbian Elem Replacement School Proj
Attachments:
J. Receipt of Reports
J.1. Purchasing Division Six-Month Cost Savings Report
Rationale:  Summary of the first six months of Fiscal Year 2016-2017 District cost savings through protocols regularly followed in procurement processes.
K. 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.

 
L. Adjournment
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