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November 5, 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
Rationale:  Omaha Bryan JROTC will be presenting Colors and leading the 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. Logan. We are pleased to present Alice Buffett Magnet Middle School sixth grader Maycee Peacher as tonight’s #OPSProud Spotlight.
Maycee was nominated Youth Female Athlete of the Year by the 2018 National Congress of State Games.  Maycee was nominated for this award after winning the Cornhusker State Games as Female Youth Athlete of the Year. Maycee received her national award during a symposium in Kentucky during October.
At just eleven years old, Maycee is a standout wrestling champ! In 2018, she enrolled in 10 of 11 events offered in wrestling. Five were girls’ divisions and five boys’ divisions. Maycee wrestled 21 matches in two days, defeating 20 opponents. She competes across the country and trains year-round. Outside of wrestling, Maycee is a straight A student and participated in Student Council last school year.
We salute and congratulate Maycee on her accomplishments and we now welcome Alice Buffet Magnet Middle School principal Anthony Clark-Kaczmarek to the podium.
 
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. Friday, October 12, 2018 - Board Student Hearing
Attachments: (1)
I.1.b. Monday, October 15, 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 Unite No. 19 be approved as presented by the Central Administrative Staff.
Attachments: (1)
I.6. Committee on Claims Audit Approval 11/05/2018
Rationale:  The Committee on Claims met on 11/05/2018 and approved the audit of claims conducted by the Secretary to the Board of Education. 
Attachments: (1)
I.7. Grant Fund Budget Adjustments
I.8. Change Order No. 001 2014 Bond Program Temporary Classroom Portables Dodge Elementary School
I.9. Change Order No. 001 2014 Bond Program Temporary Classroom Portables Hartman Elementary School
I.10. Change Order No. 003 2014 Bond Project Capital Improvements & New Addition Norris Middle School
I.11. Construction Manager at Risk Firm Selection 2018 Bond Program New High School 156th & Ida Street Project
I.12. Construction Manager at Risk Firm Selection 2018 Bond Program New High School 60th & L Street Project
I.13. Design Firm Selection 2018 Bond Program Capital Improvement & Renovation Project Benson High School
I.14. Transition Site Lease Agreement - 4839 N. 72nd Street
Rationale:  TRANSITION SITE LEASE AGREEMENT - 4839 N. 72ND STREET
Staff recommends the approval of the Transition Site Lease Agreement at 4839 N. 72nd Street between Douglas County School District 0001 and Grand 72, LLC. This lease agreement has been reviewed for legal sufficiency by legal counsel.
 
I.15. Head Start Monthly Board Report
Attachments: (1)
I.16. 2018-2019 Head Start Delegate Agreement
Rationale:  The Delegate Agreement between Omaha Public Schools (OPS) and Educare is from November 1, 2017 to October 31, 2018. The Delegate (Educare) agrees to provide Early Head Start and Head Start services as a delegate agency for OPS at both Indian Hill Elementary and Kellom Elementary locations. All criteria and program expectations for a comprehensive child development program have been specified in accordance with federal, state and local laws, ordinances and regulations. The Educare Delegate Agreement is updated annually and has been in place since 2005.
 
I.17. Indemnification of Kevin Hixson
Rationale:  The Board of Education will indemnify Kevin Hixson against expenses he has incurred or would otherwise incur in connection with the pending suit, Daniel Taylor vs. Omaha Public Schools and Kevin Hixson, Case No. 18-8615 filed in the District Court of Douglas County, Nebraska that commenced because he is an employee of the school district.

The Board will determine that indemnification of Mr. Hixson is proper in the circumstances because he acted in good faith and in a manner which he reasonably believed to be in or not opposed to the best interests of the school district.

The Board of Education will engage counsel to provide the legal services related to the pending action, suit, or proceeding against Mr. Hixson.

 
I.18. Second Reading Policy 5423 - Non-Service Animals and Policy 5427 - Therapy Animals
J. Discussion and/or Action Items
J.1. Action Item(s)
J.2. Information Item(s)
J.2.a. Dr. Logan's Report on the first 90 Days
Rationale:  Dr. Logan will provide an overview of the first 90 days as Superintendent.
Attachments: (2)
K. Receipt of Reports
K.1. First Quarter Board Travel Expenses
Rationale:  The Secretary to the Board of Education will prepare a quarterly report to the Board of Education. The report will include a summary of all board member travel and expenditure associated with attendance to workshops, conferences or meetings.  

 
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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