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January 23, 2018 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 and Superintendent Evans, our #OPSProud Spotlight is on the Omaha North High School football team.  
Congratulations to the North High football varsity team. The North High Vikings defeated the Kearney Bearcats 27-20 in the Class A state championship game on Tuesday, Nov. 21 in Lincoln at Memorial Stadium. We salute the team for their hard-work and commitment on the field.
 
Tonight, we’d also like to take this time to recognize Milton Sargbah (SAR-bah) who was recognized as the Nebraska Gatorade Player of the Year for Football and an Esmark All American student-athlete for football in 2017. This award recognizes outstanding athletic, educational and community service achievements by high school student-athletes across the United States.  The organization wrote a letter to congratulate Milton stating: "this achievement is the result of not only hard work and dedication, but also balanced by the adversity and obstacles that come with perseverance." We salute Milton and at this time would invite Omaha North High School principal Gene Haynes and head coach Larry Martin to the podium for remarks.   
 

G. Board and Superintendent Communications
G.1. Superintendent
Attachments: (1)
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, January 8, 2018 - Regular Meeting
Attachments: (1)
I.1.b. Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - Grievance Hearing
Attachments: (1)
I.1.c. Sunday, January 14, 2018 - Special 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 1/23/2018
Rationale: 

The Committee on Claims met on 1/23/2018 and approved the audit of claims conducted by the Secretary to the Board of Education. 

Attachments: (1)
I.7. Certificates of Substantial Completion - Belle Ryan & Western Hills
I.8. Change Order No. 001 - 2014 Bond Program - Capital Improvements Florence Elementary School
I.9. Bid No. 18-011 - South High Band Uniforms
Attachments: (1)
I.10. Close-Up Field Trip, Migrant Education Program (ESL), Various
Attachments: (1)
J. Discussion and/or Action Items
J.1. Action Item(s)
J.1.a. Recommendation for Superintendent Finalist
Rationale: 

The Board of Education will take action on recommendations made by Ray & Associates regarding finalists for Superintendent interviews. 

Attachments: (1)
J.1.b. Legislative Update
Rationale:  The Board may vote on any items presented by the District Lobbyist, John Lindsay, and any bill currently in front of the Nebraska Legislature.
J.2. Information Item(s)
K. Receipt of Reports
K.1. District Free and Reduced-Price Lunch Report 2017-2018
Attachments: (1)
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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