Public Meeting Agenda: January 7, 2019 at 6:30 PM - Omaha Public Schools Board of Education and Educational Service Unit 19 Board Meeting

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January 7, 2019 at 6:30 PM - Omaha Public Schools Board of Education and Educational Service Unit 19 Board Meeting Agenda

January 7, 2019 at 6:30 PM - Omaha Public Schools Board of Education and Educational Service Unit 19 Board Meeting
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. Board of Education Oath of Office
Rationale:  New Board Members, Nancy Kratky and Kimara Snipe, will take the Oath of Office.
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D. Pledge of Allegiance
Rationale:  Omaha North's JROTC will be presenting the Colors and leading the Pledge.
E. 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.
F. Roll Call
F.1. Excused/Unexcused Absence
G. School Spotlight
Rationale:  Board of Education #OPSProud Spotlight - Jan. 7

Good evening Board President Snow, members of the board, and Superintendent Dr. Logan. We are pleased to present Steven Pruss, a senior at Benson High Magnet School as tonight’s #OPSProud Spotlight.

Steven has made outstanding accomplishments as a violinist in the Omaha area. He has been a violinist with the Omaha Area Youth Orchestras since 2008. He is the concertmaster of the Youth Symphony, Omaha Public Schools, All-City Orchestra and the Benson Orchestra. In October of 2018, Steven performed as a violin soloist with the Omaha Symphony and has been in the top ten violins of the Nebraska All-State Orchestra since 2017. Steven also enjoys teaching and has the opportunity to coach younger violinists.

Outside of music, Steven is a member of the Benson JROTC. He’s also on the tennis, swim and track teams.  We salute Steven for his ambition and dedication. At this time, we welcome Tom Wagner, principal of Benson High Magnet to the podium for remarks.

 
H. Board and Superintendent Communications
H.1. Superintendent
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H.2. Board Members
I. Public Comment and Recognition
J. 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. 
J.1. Reading of Minutes
J.1.a. Monday, December 17, 2018 - Regular Meeting
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J.2. Staff Adjustments
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J.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
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J.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.
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J.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.
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J.6. Committee on Claims Audit Approval 01/07/19
Rationale:  The Committee on Claims met on 1/07/2019 and approved the audit of claims conducted by the Secretary to the Board of Education. 
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J.7. Change Order No. 001 - Access Control Installations - Buffett Magnet Middle School
J.8. Change Order No. 005 - 2014 Bond Program - Capital Improvements & Addition - Burke High School
J.9. Educational Specification & Schematic Design Approval - 2018 Bond Program - Transition Program School Project
J.10. Monthly Head Start Board Report - November 2018
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J.11. Omaha Public Schools Foundation - Grant applications
Rationale:  Approval by the OPS Board of Education is requested on January 7, 2019 for the attached classroom grants reviewed by the OPSF Grants Committee and OPS Department of Curriculum Instruction and Support on December 3, 2018 and passed by the OPS Foundation Board of Directors on December 20, 2018.
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J.12. Second Reading - Policy 3570 and 5001
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K. Discussion and/or Action Items
K.1. Action Item(s)
K.1.a. School Naming: 32nd and Burt
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K.1.b. Schematic Design Approval - 2018 Bond Program - Burke High School Capital Improvement & Renovation Project
K.1.c. Grant Fund Budget Adjustments
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K.2. Information Item(s)
L. Receipt of Reports
L.1. District Free and Reduced-Price Lunch Report 2018-19
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M. 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.

 
N. Election of Officers
Rationale: 

The OPS Board of Education shall first elect its President and then elect its Vice President.  Any member of the Board may self-nominate or be nominated by another Board Member.  Nominating speeches are not permitted.  However, nominees shall have up to five minutes to speak following the close of nominations and prior to the distribution of ballots.   Nominee speeches shall be in order of nomination.   Election of officers of the Board of Education shall be kept by secret ballot.  Election shall require a majority of all members of the board.   (Policy 8130)

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O. Adjournment
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