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January 23, 2019 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. Logan. We are pleased to present the 2019 Build Up Omaha Honorees as tonight’s #OPSProud Spotlight.
Every year, Civic Nebraska honors nine Omahans who have made a positive impact in their community. Build Up Omaha honorees "include five adults and four youth who have demonstrated exceptional civic leadership and who embody Civic Nebraska’s vision of a modern and robust democracy."
 
Four OPS students were awarded this year.  We’d like to congratulate Regina Anyaegbunam, an eighth-grader at Lewis and Clark Middle School, Kalisha Dunn, a fourth grader at Lothrop Magnet Elementary, Kyleigh Penix, a fifth-grader at Sherman Elementary and Arcaely Gonzalez-Diaz, a seventh-grader at Norris Middle School. These four students will be celebrated for their civic leadership at a formal dinner tomorrow evening and we commend these students for engaging in activities that promote education and community leadership.  At this time, we welcome site director from Lewis and Clark Middle School, Tracy White, to the podium for remarks.
 
G. Board and Superintendent Communications
G.1. Treasurer
Rationale:  The Treasurer's Report for November 2018 for review
Attachments: (1)
G.2. Superintendent
Attachments: (1)
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, January 7, 2019 - 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 01/23/2019
Rationale:  The Committee on Claims met on 01/23/2019 and approved the audit of claims conducted by the Secretary to the Board of Education. 
Attachments: (1)
I.7. Grant Fund Budget Adjustments
Attachments: (2)
I.8. Appointment of Kimara Snipe to Nebraska Association of School Board's (NASB) Board of Directors
Rationale:  Appointment of Kimara Snipe to Nebraska Association of School Board's (NASB) Board of Directors
I.9. Appointment of Marque Snow to the NASB Legislation Committee
Rationale:  Marque Snow will be appointed to the Nebraska Association of School Boards (NASB) Legislation Committee as Legislation Committee Member #3 (term will end June 30, 2020).
I.10. Bid No.19-001 Copier Contract - All Schools and Departments
I.11. Construction Manager At Risk Agreement - 2018 Bond Program - New High School 60th & L Street Project
I.12. Educational Specification & Schematic Design Approval - 2018 Bond Program -Capital Improvement & Renovation Project Pinewood Elementary School
I.13. Para to Teacher Career Ladder Program
Rationale:  Para to Teacher Career Ladder Program
The Para to Teacher Career Ladder Program is a recruitment strategy to increase the number of teachers able to effectively work with urban learners.  The program supports the following elements of the District Strategic Plan:
  • Strategic Plan Principle #3:  Committed, Diverse and Effective Teachers, Administrators and Staff.
  • Objective 3.1:  Ensure that there is a highly effective teacher in every classroom and a highly effective principal in every school.
  • Strategy 3.1.10:  Utilize innovative recruiting strategies to target diverse talent sources to increase diversity in the pool of teacher applicants.
Since November 2012, 78 students have graduated from the program.  As of the Fall 2018 semester, OPS has hired 68 of these graduates into teaching positions.  The District expects the program to graduate an additional 26 students over the next 12 months.  This program has increased the diversity of our new teaching staff.
Currently, paraprofessionals selected for the Para to Teacher Career Ladder Program can work toward a bachelor's degree through Midland University and Concordia University.  The Concordia cohort will finish in Spring 2019 and Midland cohorts will continue for the duration of the grant.  Beginning in January 2019, under a pending agreement with the University of Nebraska -Lincoln (UNL), participants will be able to work on a bachelor's degree or, for those with undergraduate degrees, a master's degree with teaching certification will be offered through UNL.
We are grateful for the continued support of the Sherwood Foundation.  We would not be able to sustain this program without grant funding.  This program plays a vital role in our diversity recruiting and hiring.  The value it adds to training staff in high need and hard to fill areas including special education and bilingual settings is invaluable to the success of our District. 
Human Resources would like permission to continue a partnership with Midland University, as well as begin a new partnership with University of NE-Lincoln.  Please see agreement documents attached. 
 
Attachments: (2)
I.14. Risk Administration Services, Inc. Cash Reserve Funding
Rationale:  The District recommends approval of a request from Risk Administration Services, Inc. to increase the Omaha Public Schools claim payment account by $100,000, from a level of $250,000 to a level of $350,000.  This request is based on the average expenditures experienced over the past 8 months.  Risk Administration Services, Inc. utilizes these funds to pay worker compensation claims on behalf of Omaha Public Schools.
Attachments: (1)
I.15. Schematic Design Approval - 2018 Bond Program - Capital Improvement & Renovation Project Benson High School
I.16. Schematic Design Approval - 2018 Bond Program - New High School 60th & L Street Project
I.17. Schematic Design Approval - 2018 Bond Program - New High School 156th & Ida Street Project
I.18. Seal of Biliteracy
Attachments: (1)
J. Discussion and/or Action Items
J.1. Action Item(s)
J.1.a. 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.  The Legislative Committee met on January 18, 2019 and the attached recommendations. 
Attachments: (1)
J.2. Information Item(s)
J.2.a. Phase I & Phase II Bond Program Update
Rationale:  Mark Sommer, Jacobs Program Director, will present a Phase I and Phase II Bond Program update with regard to schedules, budgets and contingencies.
 
K. Receipt of Reports
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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