Public Meeting Agenda: July 24, 2017 at 6:30 PM - Omaha Public Schools Board of Education and Educational Service Unit 19 Board Meeting

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July 24, 2017 at 6:30 PM - Omaha Public Schools Board of Education and Educational Service Unit 19 Board Meeting Agenda

July 24, 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
Rationale:  Led by
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 #OPSProud Spotlight is on students who participated in the 2017 International Thespian Festival in Lincoln this summer. "Every summer, thousands of middle school and high school Thespians bring their love of all things theatre to the International Thespian Festival, a celebration of student achievement in the performing arts." The Festival is a one-of-a-kind, weeklong immersion experience in singing, dancing, acting, designing, directing, creating, and writing. Tonight, we’re recognizing Benson and Burke High School students who qualified to participate in the festival in June. First, we’d like to welcome to the podium Burke High School English teacher Emily Mokrycki, Dr. Walters and Betsy Foy. Following them three Benson students, Mr. Wagner and Benson High School’s drama teacher Erienne Wredt will take the podium.  

G. Board and Superintendent Communications
G.1. Superintendent
G.1. Treasurer
Rationale: 

The Treasurer's Report for June 2017 is attached for review.

Attachments:
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, July 10, 2017 - Board Workshop
Attachments:
I.2. Staff Adjustments
Attachments:
I.2. Committee on Claims Audit Approval 7/24/2017
Rationale: 

The Committee on Claims met on 7/24/2017 and approved the audit of claims conducted by the Secretary to the Board of Education. 

Attachments:
I.3. Administrative Appointments
Attachments:
I.4. 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:
I.5. 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:
I.6. 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:
I.7. Grant Fund Budget Adjustments
Attachments:
I.9. Approval of the 2017-2018 Office Personnel Negotiated Agreement
Attachments:
I.10. Amendment No. 001 To The Agreement With Charles Vrana And Son Construction Company - North High School Robotics Expansion
I.11. Educational Specifications 2014 Bond Program Bryan High School
I.12. Educational Specifications 2014 Bond Program Nathan Hale Middle School
I.13. Educational Specifications 2014 Bond Program Bryan Middle School
I.14. Educational Specifications 2014 Bond Program Boyd Elementary School
I.15. Certificates of Substantial Completion - Adams & Benson West Elementary
I.16. Change Order No. 001 - 2014 Bond Program - Planning Area B - Fire, Life Safety, Security & Technology Improvements - Central Park Elementary School
I.17. Change Order No. 004 - 2014 Bond Program - Capital Improvements - Northwest High Magnet School
I.18. Bid No. 17-054 Playground Improvements Kellom Elementary School
I.19. Change Order No. 001 - 2014 Bond Program - Capital Improvements - Crestridge Magnet Elementary School
I.20. Bid No. 17-052 Security Guard Services
Attachments:
I.21. Bid No. 17-053 Augmented Student Transportation
Attachments:
I.22. Bid No. 17-058 - 2014 Bond Program - Site Demolition And Preparation - New 32nd & Burt Street Elementary School Project
I.23. Bid No. 17-055 Student Transportation for Pre-Kindergarten, ESL/Migrant Program Students
I.24. Bid No. 17-056 Student Transportation for Title 1 Pre-Kindergarten Students and Homeless Students
I.25. Lukas Partners Consulting Agreement
Rationale: 

Contract  for Communication Support:  This contract agreement provides for the full service communication support on an as needed basis throughout the school year. 

Attachments:
I.26. 2017-2019 Audit Contract with Seim Johnson
Rationale: 

Central administration staff recommends the District enter into external audit contract with Seim Johnson for the 2017-2019 fiscal years.  The audit will be scheduled for completion by November 5th each year.  The contract costs are attached.

Attachments:
J. Discussion and/or Action Items
J.1. Information Item(s)
J.1.a. Communication Audit
Rationale: 

In December 2016, the National School Public Relations Association conducted an audit of communications across the district. OPS board members, district staff, families and community members participated in focus groups to share their input. NSPRA will present the findings of their audit to the Board of Education. The final report includes a synopsis of findings, as well as a set of recommendations on how the district can improve and enhance communication protocols, practices and programs.

Attachments:
J.1.b. Policy Updates
Rationale: 

The attached policies have been reviewed by the Policy Committee. The Policy Committee voted 3 to 1 to forward the attached policies to the full Board for information.   Policy changes will be brought forth at a future Board of Education Meeting for first reading. 

J.2. Action Item(s)
J.2.a. Omaha Virtual School Update
Rationale: 

The District is exercising option year one to renew the Educational Products and Services Agreement with K12 Classroom LLC.

J.2.b. School Resource Officer Program Memorandum of Understanding
Rationale: 

Staff recommends the approval of the School Resource Officer Program Memorandum of Understanding with the City of Bellevue to assign one uniformed Police Officer to Bryan Middle School and one uniformed Police Officer to Bryan High School as the School Resource Officers from August 1, 2016 to July 31, 2019.

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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