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August 21, 2017 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
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, Superintendent Evans, our #OPSProud Spotlight is on Florence Elementary and Central High School.

The Omaha World Herald held its second annual Omaha’s Choice Awards this summer. Community members had the opportunity to go online and vote for their favorite businesses and/or organizations in more than 200 categories. One of those categories was education and three of our schools were voted top schools. Two are here to be recognized tonight.

Central High School and Florence Elementary ranked in the top three for Omaha's Choice in the education category. We salute these schools for their commitment to ensuring students succeed academically and socially. To discuss some of the great work happening at the schools, we now invite students and principals Mr. Dan Hoeck of Florence Elementary and Dr. Bennett from Central High.

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

The Treasurer's Report for July 2017 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, August 7, 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 A REPORT

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 B REPORT

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 8/21/2017
Rationale: 

The Committee on Claims met on 8/21/2017 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. Amendment To Agreement With Boys And Girls Clubs Of The Midlands For Florence Elementary School
I.9. Change Order No. 001 - 2014 Bond Program - Fire, Life Safety & Security Improvements - King Science Magnet And McMillan Magnet Middle School
I.10. Change Order No. 001 - 2016 Summer Portable Classroom Relocations - Various Schools
I.11. Schematic Design Approval - 2014 Bond Program - Bryan Middle School
I.12. Schematic Design Approval - 2014 Bond Program - Bryan High School
I.13. Educational Specifications - 2014 Bond Program - Hartman Elementary School
I.14. Construction Manager At Risk Firm Selection - 2014 Bond Program - Bryan Middle School
I.15. Construction Manager At Risk Firm Selection - 2014 Bond Program - Bryan High School
I.16. Certificate Of Substantial Completion - Beals, Castelar, Chandler View & Jackson Elementary Schools
I.17. Certificate of Substantial Completion - Various Schools
Attachments: (1)
I.18. Amendment No. 001 to the CM Agreement with McCarthy Building Companies - Parrish Program Relocation Renovations
I.19. Lease For Storage Space At 3728-3732 'D' Street Omaha
Attachments: (1)
I.20. Lease For Outdoor Storage Space At 6445 John J. Pershing Drive
I.21. Purchase of Pendleton Woolen Mills, Inc. Property for Future Elementary Site
I.22. Bid No. 17-063 Playground Improvements - Fullerton Elementary School
I.23. Title I Contracts
Rationale: 

Central Administrative Staff request approval to accept the Title I Neglected, Delinquent and Homeless Agency Contracts for the 2017-2018 School Year.

I.24. 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 Non-Negotiated Salaries
Attachments: (2)
J. Discussion and/or Action Items
J.1. Information Item(s)
J.1.a. Bond Program Update
Rationale: 

OPS Staff, Jacobs and Steering Committee representatives will provide an update on the 2014 Bond Program and share recent Steering Team Committee discussions with regard to a potential phase 2 and its timing with the Board of Education.  

Attachments: (1)
J.1.b. Transportation Update
Rationale: 

Staff will present a brief Transportation Update.

Attachments: (1)
J.1.c. Strategic Plan Update
Rationale: 

Central Office staff will provide an update on the Strategic Plan.  

Attachments: (2)
J.2. Action Item(s)
J.2.a. Superintendent Search Committee Recommendation for Superintendent Search Consulting Services with Ray & Associates
Rationale: 

The Superintendent Search Committee recommended authorization for the committee to enter into contract negotiations with Ray & Associates to provide superintendent search consulting services.  

J.2.b. Indemnification of Daniel Bartels
Rationale: 

The Board of Education will indemnify Daniel Bartels against expenses he has incurred or would otherwise incur in connection with the pending suit, KD and JD, Parents, Natural Guardians and Next Friends of LD v. Douglas County Public School District No. 001, a/k/a Omaha Public Schools, Daniel Bartels, Brian Robeson, Joe Doe and Jane Doe, Case No. 8:17-CV-00285-LSC-CRZ filed in the United States District Court for the District of Nebraska that commenced because he is an employee of the school district.

The Board will determine that indemnification of Mr. Bartels is proper in the circumstances because he acted in good faith and in a manner which he reasonably believed to be in or not opposed to the best interests of the school district.

The Board of Education will engage counsel to provide the legal services related to the pending action, suit, or proceeding against Mr. Bartels.

J.2.c. Second Reading of Recommended Policy Changes
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.   

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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