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September 18, 2017 at 6:00 PM - Omaha Public Schools Board of Education Workshop

Agenda
A. OPS Board Of Education Information
Rationale: 

Notice to visitors:

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. 
  
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. Roll Call
C.1. Excused/Unexcused Absence
D. 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. 
D.1. Reading of Minutes
D.1.a. Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - Budget Hearing
Attachments: (1)
D.1.b. Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - Regular Meeting
Attachments: (1)
D.2. Staff Adjustments
Attachments: (1)
D.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)
D.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)
D.5. Claims-Educational Service Unit No. 19
Rationale: 

It is recommended that the claims for Educational Service Unite No. 19 be approved as presented by the Central Administrative Staff.

Attachments: (1)
D.6. Committee on Claims Audit Approval 09/18/2017
Rationale: 

The Committee on Claims met on 09/18/2017 and approved the audit of claims conducted by the Secretary to the Board of Education. 

Attachments: (1)
D.7. Grant Fund Budget Adjustments
Attachments: (2)
D.8. Instructional Coaching Contract
Attachments: (1)
D.9. Approval of New Superintendent Leadership Profile/Qualifications
Rationale: 

The Superintendent Search Committee Recommends the approval of the Leadership Profile/Qualifications for the new superintendent.

  • Educational leadership with a vision centered on student learning and achievement.
  • A focus on improving student achievement and the closing of all achievement gaps.
  • Professional and cultural competence in a diverse urban setting.
  • The ability to be a collaborative leader with the ability to deliver and accept feedback.
  • A willingness to involve the key stakeholders and proactively address issues facing the district.
  • The ability to communicate our story by honoring our past to guide the future.
  • A history of building positive relationships with students, staff and the community as a whole.
  • The ability to proactively work with state and local government officials.
  • The capacity to work collaboratively with all board members.
  • Knowledge of and the ability to implement academic best practices.
  • The ability to develop and grow partnerships in the community and across the region.
  • Great communications skills along with excellent interpersonal and public relation skills.
  • The ability to create a climate to motivate students and staff to achieve.
  • The skill to effectively manage budgets and resources in excess of $600 million.

 

 

D.10. Resolution Authorizing Ed Bennett to Transfer Stock
Attachments: (1)
D.11. ESU No. 19 Administrator Position Contract and Future Expenses
Rationale: 

Pursuant to LB 470, both the Superintendent's contract and the ESU No. 19 Administrator's contract must be approved by the Board and posted to the District website.

Attachments: (2)
D.12. Certificate Of Substantial Completion - 2014 Bond Program - Saratoga ILP Program
D.13. Certificate Of Substantial Completion - Parrish
Attachments: (1)
D.14. Change Order No. 003 - 2014 Bond Program - Capital Improvements - Sunny Slope Elementary School
D.15. Change Order No. 002 - 2014 Bond Program - Fire, Life Safety, And Security Upgrades - South High Magnet School
D.16. Change Order No. 001 - 2014 Bond Program - Planning Area B - Fire, Life Safety, Security & Technology Improvements - Adams & Benson West Elementary Schools
D.17. Special Education Contract Costs for 2017-2018
Rationale: 

Annually the Special Education Division, within Curriculum and Instruction Support, negotiates and renews contracts with outside agencies for special education services that are required under Rule 51. Attached you will find: a contract rate sheet and a contract cost sheet for your review. The contract rate sheet includes NDE approved rates for services that need to be purchased by Omaha Public Schools from outside agencies that will provide special education services to students ages birth-21. The contract cost sheet includes the agency, address, type of service the agency provides, the number of students that receive services from that agency and the 2017-2018 contract rate. The sheet includes an estimate of the total cost for school age and early childhood special education services provided by contract agencies. The rates and contracts have had legal review and are budgeted for within the upcoming school year.

D.18. Approval of the 2017-2018 Nutrition Services Negotiated Agreement
Attachments: (2)
D.19. Approval of the 2015-2017 Security Negotiated Agreement
Attachments: (2)
D.20. Approval of the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 Negotiated Agreement for the Operations Division
Rationale: 

The District and SEIU Local 226 have negotiated the wages, benefits, terms and conditions of employment for the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 school years within the parameters set forth by the Board of Education.  Local 226 has ratified the Agreement as presented and staff recommends approval by the Board of Education.

E. Discussion and/or Action Items
E.1. Information Item(s)
E.1.a. Bond Workshop
Rationale: 

Jacobs Bond Program Management team and OPS staff will present an expanded overview of the Phase 2 Bond planning recap, related financials, and timeline.

Attachments: (2)
F. 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.

 
G. Adjournment

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