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March 16, 2020 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. Board and Superintendent Communications
F.1. Superintendent
F.2. 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 2, 2020 - Regular Meeting
Attachments: (1)
H.2. Amendment No. 001 to the Agreement with Darland Construction Co. - 2018 Bond Program - New Elementary School 10th & Pine Street Project ($13,029.50)
H.3. Amendment No. 004 to the Agreement with Sampson Construction Co., Inc. - 2018 Bond Program - New High School 156th & Ida Street Project ($50,187,927.00)
Rationale:  Staff, Jacobs and BCDM Architects recommend the approval of Amendment No. 004 Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) of $50,187,927.00 and substantial completion date of March 31, 2022 from Sampson Construction.  Amendment No. 004 consists of mechanical, electrical, and plumbing along with structural steel, exterior enclosure, and interior pool.
 
H.4. Bid No. 20-009 Backpacks & Books for OPS Students - Summer 2020
H.5. Bid No. 20-003 - Roof Coating at Various Schools - Summer 2020 - ($269,724.00)
H.6. Bid No. 20-021 Network Switches, Wireless Access Points, and Switch Module
H.7. Cellular Antennae Lease Agreement with Verizon Wireless - Benson High School
H.8. Certificate(s) Of Substantial Completion for Gifford Park Elementary School - 2014 Bond Program
H.9. Change Order No. 002 - 2014 Bond Program - Capital Improvements & Renovation - Bryan High School (Deduct $288,085.00)
Attachments: (1)
H.10. Change Order No. 002 - 2014 Bond Program - New Elementary School at 32nd & Burt Street - Gifford Park Elementary School (Deduct $34,140.61)
H.11. 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)
H.12. 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)
H.13. 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 C REPORT
Attachments: (1)
H.14. 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)
H.15. Committee on Claims Audit Approval 3/16/2020
Rationale:  The Committee on Claims met on 3/16/2020 and approved the audit of claims conducted by the Secretary to the Board of Education. 
H.16. Contract Extension with Humana Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and Work Life Services
Rationale:  The District recommends that the Board approve a three year contract (through May 31, 2023) with Humana, Inc. in the amount of $87,602.64 per year (for a total of $262,807.92 over three years) to continue to provide Employee Assistance Programs for staff.  This benefit for all employees would continue to provide up to five (5) sessions for employees or their families in addition to Work Life Services, personal financial and personal legal consultations and a member website to provide online resources for employees.
 
Attachments: (1)
H.17. Children's Literacy Initiative Consulting Agreement 
Rationale:  The OPS early literacy vision statement calls for all teachers and instructional leaders to model a love of reading and feel confident in their abilities to teach, lead and support early literacy learning so that all students develop a love of reading and writing. The intention is for students to be offered multiple opportunities each day to engage in meaningful conversations around high-quality, culturally responsive texts and to develop the love and joy for reading to become lifelong readers, writers, and thinkers. It is our vision that all children will be reading and writing on grade level by the end of third grade and beyond.  This work is being funded through a grant.
H.18. Design Firm Selection of Alley Poyner Macchietto Architecture, Inc. - 2018 Bond Program - Central High School Capital Improvement & Renovation Project
H.19. District Annual Order Classroom Supplies 2020-2021
Attachments: (1)
H.20. Letter of Credit from U.S. Bank for the City of Omaha - 60th & L Street High School
Attachments: (1)
H.21. Ortega-Gomez Litigation Settlement Agreement
Rationale:  Staff recommends approval of the attached Settlement Agreement between Omar Ortega-Gomez, the Omaha Public Schools and Bitco Insurance Companies.  Mr. Ortega-Gomez filed a tort claim alleging that he was injured by a school bus owned and operated by OPS while he was working on October 9, 2017.  The tort claim was subsequently withdrawn and litigation filed in Douglas County District Court.  Bitco Insurance Companies is a necessary party as the work comp carrier for Mr. Ortega-Gomez’s employer.
Attachments: (1)
H.22. Staff Adjustments 
Attachments: (1)
H.23. Temporary Construction Easement for the City of Omaha at Integrated Learning Program at Saratoga
I. Discussion and/or Action Items
I.1. Action Item(s)
I.1.a. Legislative Update
Rationale:  The Board may vote on any items presented by the Legislative Committee and any bill currently in front of the Nebraska Legislature.
 
Attachments: (1)
I.2. Information Item(s)
J. Receipt of Reports
J.1. CBOC/Phase I & Phase II Update- Jan./Feb. 2020
 
Rationale:  CBOC/Phase I & Phase II Update- Jan./Feb. 2020

Update of the Phase I & Phase II Bond Programs with regard to topics
Discussed in CBOC meetings including schedules, budgets, and contingencies
 
Attachments: (2)
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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