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August 4, 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: 

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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. Treasurer
Rationale:  The Treasurer's Report for June 2020 is attached for review
Attachments: (1)
F.2. Superintendent
Attachments: (1)
F.3. 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, July 13, 2020 - Regular Meeting
Attachments: (1)
H.2. Amendment No. 001 to the Agreement with Weitz Construction - Teacher Administrative Center (TAC) Project $1,644,558.00
H.3. Approval for Emergency Purchase of 20,000 Digital Oral Thermometers
Rationale: 
Staff recommends approval for the emergency purchase of 20,000 Digital Oral Thermometers from Talacko Safety Solutions for the 2020-2021 school year. The Thermometers will be distributed to the families of our students as a tool to assist them in the monitoring of their child’s daily health and wellness needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The purchase in the amount of $95,000.00 is supported through the philanthropic community.
 
H.4. Approve the 2020-2021 Operations Division Negotiated Agreement
Rationale:  The District and SEIU Local 226 have negotiated the wages, benefits, terms and conditions of employment for the 2020-2021 school year 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
Attachments: (2)
H.5. Approve the 2020-2021 Transportation Division Negotiated Agreement
Rationale:  The District and SEIU Local 226 have negotiated the wages, benefits, terms and conditions of employment for the 2020-2021 school year 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.
Attachments: (2)
H.6. Approve the Master Service Agreement with Prime Communication
Attachments: (2)
H.7. Approve the Use of Local Substitutes under Rule 21
Rationale:  Under Rule 21, the Nebraska Department of Education approves the use of "Local" substitute teachers on a certificate that is valid for 90 substitute days per school year. A Local Substitute is required to have completed at least 60 hours of college including one course in teacher education prior to hire by a district. The use of Local Substitutes requires annual approval by the local board of education. Administration recommends that the Board of Education approve the use of Local Substitutes as defined under Rule 21 for the 2020-2021 school year.
 
Attachments: (1)
H.8. Approve Proposed Administrative Appointments
Rationale:  Administration recommends approval of the attached Administrative Appointments.
Attachments: (1)
H.9. Approve Proposed Staffing Adjustments
Rationale:  Administration recommends approval of the staffing recommendations found in the attached Staffing Adjustments. 
Attachments: (1)
H.10. Award Bid No. 20-072 to Fred J. Miller for Central High Band Uniforms
Attachments: (1)
H.11. Award Proposal No. P032-20 to Armored Knights for Money Carrier Services
H.12. Award to MCL Construction for the Construction Manager at Risk Agreement for the Morton Magnet Middle School Capital Improvements & Renovation Project as part of the 2018 Bond Program for $829,245.00
H.13. Bid No. 20-068 Request to purchase (2) two additional SUV’S from Woodhouse Ford of Omaha
H.14. 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.15. 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.16. 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.17. 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.18. Committee on Claims Audit Approval 08/04/2020
Rationale:  The Committee on Claims met on 08/04/2020 and approved the audit of claims conducted by the Secretary to the Board of Education. 
Attachments: (1)
H.19. Consulting Services Agreement between OPS and Crowne Promo Communications LLC, d/b/a Avant Solutions
Rationale:  Staff recommends Board approval of the attached contract for consulting services with Avant Solutions Consulting.  This consultant will provide communications and public relations support to the Executive Director of Communications  as well as provide support for superintendent communications.  This agreement is funded through a grant.
Attachments: (1)
H.20. Omaha Public Schools Foundation By-laws Amendment
Rationale:  The Omaha Public Schools Foundation (OPSF) recommends approval by the OPS Board of Education to change their bylaws.  The recommended change is to remove December 31 as the fiscal year.  The Foundation will follow the fiscal year of the Omaha Public Schools to improve the budget process and financial reporting.
Attachments: (1)
H.21. Termination of Agreement with Midtown Personnel, Inc. dba The Midtown Group.
Rationale:  Staff recommends termination of the Agreement with Midtown Personnel, Inc. dba The Midtown Group, for the provision of Information Technology staffing and consulting services.  The original Agreement was entered into following award of Bid 19-043 by the Board on July 15, 2019.  The Midtown Group has been unable to provide suitable candidates to fill needed roles for the District.  In keeping with Section 4.2 of the Agreement, the District may terminate the Agreement for convenience at any time.  The only costs to the District to terminate for convenience are for services performed by The Midtown Group prior to the termination.
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.1.b. New Grant Awards
Attachments: (1)
I.2. Information Item(s)
I.2.a. Preparing for a Responsible Return to School - Transportation, School Plans and Early Childhood 
Rationale:  Administration will provide additional information about the District's continued planning for a responsible return to school.  
Attachments: (1)
I.2.b. Presentation regarding LB 31 Legislative Study findings relating to OSERS and NPERS
Rationale:  The legislature passed LB 31 in 2019 which charged the Public Employees Retirement Board (PERB) with conducting a study to determine a detailed: (1) timeline, (2) cost; and (3) comparison of plans associated with transitioning the administration of the OSERS plan to the NPERS office.  The PERB has received the findings of the LB 31 study.  The findings were presented in two reports.  One report from the consulting company Linea Solutions covered IT related matters, the other report from the NPERS staff covered all of the other matters relating to administration and the transition of OSERS to NPERS office. The administration will present the Board with a summary of the study findings.
J. Receipt of Reports
J.1. CBOC Update of Phase I & Phase II Bond Programs July 2020
Rationale:  CBOC update of the Phase I & Phase II Bond Programs July 2020
Attached please find updates from Citizen’s Bond Oversight Committee (CBOC)
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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