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October 2, 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: 

Board of Education #OPSProud Spotlight - Oct. 2

Madam President, members of the board, Superintendent Evans, our #OPSProud Spotlight is on Standing Bear Elementary.

In August, we recognized Florence Elementary and Central High School for being ranked in the top three for Omaha's Choice in the education category. This evening we’d like to take the time to recognize Standing Bear for being named the #1 school in education in the second annual Omaha’s Choice Awards.

We salute Standing Bear Elementary for their dedication to students and we now welcome principal Lynette Keyes to talk more about the great work happening at the school.

G. Board and Superintendent Communications
G.1. Superintendent
Attachments: (2)
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, September 18, 2017 - Board Workshop
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 10/02/2017
Rationale: 

The Committee on Claims met on 10/02/2017 and approved the audit of claims conducted by the Secretary to the Board of Education. 

Attachments: (1)
I.7. Grant Fund Budget Adjustments
Attachments: (1)
I.8. Resolution Regarding Dundee Crosswalks
Attachments: (1)
I.9. Construction Documents Approval - 2014 Bond Program - 32nd & Burt Street New Elementary School
I.10. Certificate of Substantial Completion - 2014 Bond Program - Capital Improvements - Crestridge Elementary
I.11. Change Order No.001 - 2014 Bond Program - Capital Improvements - Burke High
I.12. Construction Manager At Risk Firm Selection - 2014 Bond Program - Hale Middle School
I.13. Change Order No. 002 - 2014 Bond Program - Planning Area A, Package #1 - Fire, Life Safety and Security Improvements Beals, Castelar, Chandler View And Jackson Elementary Schools
I.14. OPS Auction Financial Results
Attachments: (1)
I.15. Head Start Monthly Board Report
Attachments: (2)
I.16. Bid No. 17-068 Chiller Replacement - Lewis & Clark Middle School
I.17. Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Title I, Part A - Grant
Rationale: 

The Title I Budget is allocated to Public Schools, Non-Public Schools, Contracted Educational Agencies, and the Homeless Program.   Eligible Title I  Public Schools are allocated funding based on 70% area poverty for elementary schools and 75% United States Department of Education (USDE) required for secondary schools.  All Title I eligible schools must participate in at least one or more State Audit Reviews pending their rotation year.  Title I schools must also submit a Schoolwide Plan that is aligned with the District’s Action Plan and their School Improvement Plan to the state.  All Title I Schools Schoolwide Plans must be approved by the state and in compliance in order to expend funds.  In addition, Title I schools in year four in "Needs Improvement" and beyond must keep documentation of the Action Plan implementation for the Corrective Action Plan and Restructuring Plan.  The Title I Office must also submit a grant application to the state for approval and compliance purposes.  Central administrative staff request approval to receive the 2017-2018 Title I Allocation in the amount of $28,253,417.00.

Attachments: (1)
I.18. Early Childhood Services Agreements
Rationale: 
The Early Childhood Partnership Agreement between Learning Community of Douglas and Sarpy Counties and Douglas County School District 001, signed on May 18, 2017, designates that a Professional Support System be developed for the benefit of instructional coaches and teaching teams. This support system includes additional professional development beyond that which is regularly provided to staff. The contracts for Monica A. McCarthy in the amount of $104,100 and the contract for Jonathan Fribley in the amount of $65,700 provide additional instructional training for the early childhood staff at Kellom, Conestoga, Lothrop, Franklin, Skinner and Minne Lusa.  These contracts are fully funded as services agreed upon within the scope of this agreement and are paid fully by the Learning Community of Douglas and Sarpy County.
I.19. Wortman Settlement Agreement
Attachments: (1)
I.20. OPS/Local 226 Memorandum of Understanding Relating to Contracting Out of Certain Services
Attachments: (1)
J. Discussion and/or Action Items
J.1. Action Item(s)
J.1.a. Phase 2 Bond Issue
Rationale: 

Staff recommends approval for the full formal development of planning, documentation, community engagement, and delineation of scope of work for a Phase 2 Bond Issue. The purpose of a Phase 2 Bond Issue will be to address capital improvements, additions, and renovations in designated existing facilities as well as educational specifications, planning, and construction of new facilities including two elementary schools, one middle school, and two high schools.

The Phase 2 Bond Issue scope of work will be developed within a timeline that will enable the District to pursue a potential ballot initiative for May of 2018, should that become the final decision of the Board of Education.

J.2. Information Item(s)
J.2.a. CBOC/Phase 1 Bond Program Update
Rationale: 

A representative of the Citizen’s Bond Oversight Committee (CBOC)will provide the Board of Education with an update on the 2014 Bond Program with regard to topics discussed in CBOC meetings including schedules, budgets and contingencies.

Attachments: (2)
J.2.b. Committees of the Board Update
Rationale: 

Committees of the Board of Education will provide a brief update.

Committees:
Budget (meets 10/25/2017)

Policy (met 09/11/2017) 

Americanism (met 09/12/2017) 

Student Assignment Plan (met 09/26/2017)

Superintendent Search Update (met 09/21/2017)

Legislative (met 09/18/2017)

Citizen Bond Oversight Committee (CBOC) (met 09/27/2017)

Attachments: (1)
J.2.c. Policy Update
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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