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February 4, 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
Rationale:  The Northwest Color Guard will be presenting the 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 five OPS seniors and UNMC High School Alliance students as tonight’s #OPSProud Spotlight.
This year the following students were selected to be a part of the Urban Health Opportunities Program (UHOP) through the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO); Matthew Cogua from Omaha Burke; Alyssa Lawrence from Omaha Central and Juana Valdovinos from Omaha South.
Students who are accepted into UHOP are fully funded for their undergraduate studies.  Students who successfully complete the requirements of UHOP and who meet the requirements for medical school admission, receive a guaranteed place in the UNMC College of Medicine. 
In addition to the fully funded students, UHOP also selected two alternates; Ashari Allen from Omaha Central and Audrey Bavari from Omaha Burke. The alternates do not receive full-tuition; however, they receive the same undergraduate opportunities and study along-side the fully funded students.
We congratulate these students on this wonderful opportunity that allows them to pursue careers in health care. We also thank our community partners UNO and UNMC, who help make this possible. At this time, we welcome Heidi Kasche, Director of the UNMC High School Alliance Program.
 
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. Wednesday, January 23, 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 aproved 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. Grant Fund Budget Adjustments
Attachments: (2)
I.7. Committee on Claims Audit Approval 02/04/2019
Rationale:  The Committee on Claims met on 02/04/2019 and approved the audit of claims conducted by the Secretary to the Board of Education. 
Attachments: (1)
I.8. Change Order No. 003 Central High School East Addition
Attachments: (1)
I.9. Change Order No. 001 2014 Bond Program Capital Improvements & Renovation Gilder Elementary School
I.10. Head Start Monthly Board Report
Attachments: (2)
J. Discussion and/or Action Items
J.1. Action Item(s)
J.1.a. Bid No. 19-010 Student Transportation Services
Rationale:  Staff recommends approval of the bid for contracted bus services submitted by Student Transportation of America. The District received bid responses from First Student and from Student Transportation of America. The contracted services covered by the bid will support home-to-school and activities transportation for regular education, as well as some limited special education transportation services as needed.
 
J.1.b. 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.
Attachments: (1)
J.2. Information Item(s)
J.2.a. Nebraska Student-Center Assessment System (NSCAS)
Attachments: (2)
K. Receipt of Reports
K.1. Board Travel Expenses - Second Quarter
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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