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August 20, 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:  Good evening Board President Snow, members of the board and Superintendent Dr. Cheryl Logan.  We are pleased to present Benson High Magnet and North High Magnet as tonight’s #OPSProud Spotlight.
In July, Benson and North High Magnet Schools competed in the World Cup China tournament in Shanghai. Benson team members include Zach Dahlgren, Tanner Sasse and Chris Schroeder. These students competed in the Vex game called "In the Zone," where students have to build robots to move and stack cones.  Benson won the tournament and also received the Honor Award.  This is the highest award a team can receive.  To earn this award, students have to score well in the competition and interview process with the judges.
North High Magnet team members Kalvin Green, Cole Vaske, and Maliik Jones were named finalists in the Vex game "In the Zone." Students Jacob Gardner, Aurto Gallegos-Zaragoza and Colin Vickery won the Think Award. The Think Award is presented to a team that has developed and effectively used quality programs as part of their strategy to solve the game challenge.

We salute these teams for their accomplishments and we welcome Benson High Magnet principal Tom Wagner and North High Magnet principal Gene Haynes to the podium for remarks.
 
G. Board and Superintendent Communications
G.1. Treasurer
Rationale:  The Treasurer's Report for July 2018 is attached for review
Attachments: (1)
G.2. Superintendent
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 6, 2018 - 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 8/20/2018
Rationale:  The Committee on Claims met on 8/20/2018 and approved the audit of claims conducted by the Secretary to the Board of Education. 
Attachments: (1)
I.7. Curtis Settlement Agreement
Rationale:  Administration recommends approval of the attached Settlement Agreement between David Curtis and Omaha Public Schools.  David Curtis filed a workers’ compensation claim after the plaintiff injured his back on July 31, 2014.
 
I.8. 2018-2019 School Psychologist Negotiated Agreement
Rationale:  Omaha School Psychologist Association and the Douglas County School District, 0001 have reached a tentative agreement for the 2018-2019 school year for School Psychologists. The Omaha School Psychologist Association notified the District on August 7, 2018 that they have ratified the attached tentative agreement. Staff recommends Board approval of the attached tentative agreement.
 
Attachments: (2)
I.9. Declaration of Surplus Property - 4768 Q Street
Attachments: (1)
I.10. Change Order No. 001 - 2014 Bond Program - Planning Area A - Package #03: Fire, Life Safety, Security & Technology - Ashland Park/Robbins, Highland, And Pawnee Elementary School
I.11. Change Order No. 001 - 2014 Bond Program - Capital Improvements & Renovation - Bryan High School
I.12. Change Order No. 001 - 2014 Bond Program - Replacement School - Western Hills Elementary School
I.13. Bid No. Tra72318 - Student Transportation: Individual Student Run
I.14. Bid No. 18-056 - Access Control Installations - Buffett Magnet Middle School, Wilson Focus School, Yates And Distribution Center
I.15. Bid No. 18-057 - Telecommunication And Security Installations - Central High School East Addition
I.16. Bid No. 18-052 Asbestos Removal at 5616 "L" Street
Attachments: (1)
I.17. Certificate of Substantial Completion - 2014 Bond Program, AP/R, Highland, Pawnee
I.18. Certificate of Substantial Completion - Distribution Center
I.19. Digital Promise - Memorandum of Understanding
Attachments: (2)
J. Discussion and/or Action Items
J.1. Action Item(s)
J.2. Information Item(s)
J.2.a. Update on the Start of the 2018-19 School Year
Rationale:  Dr. Logan will provide an overview of the successful start of the school year.
Attachments: (1)
K. Receipt of Reports
K.1. CBOC/PHASE I Update - July 2018
Rationale:  Update of the 2014 Bond Program with regard to topics discussed in CBOC meetings including schedules, budgets and contingencies.
 
Attachments: (2)
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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