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March 18, 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.  In light of Youth Art Month in March, the #OPSProud Spotlight is on the 2019 winners of the National Scholastic Art and Writing Awards and the K-12 National Ceramic Exhibition.

We have a total of seven winners from Benson High Magnet, Beveridge Magnet Middle School and Central High School. Congratulations to Annabelle Bolek, Ashley Horan, Bae Reh, May Sien, Pa Ler Htoo, Harper Duke and Benjamin Lane.

I’d like to welcome Angie Fischer, Supervisor of the Art Department, to the podium, she will introduce each student’s artwork and award in a Power Point presentation.
 
Attachments: (1)
G. Board and Superintendent Communications
G.1. Treasurer
Rationale:  The Treasurer's Report for January 2019 is attached 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, March 4, 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 Scool 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 3/18/2019
Rationale:  The Committee on Claims met on 3/18/2019 and approved the audit of claims conducted by the Secretary to the Board of Education. 
Attachments: (1)
I.7. Bid No. 19-024 - 2018 Bond Program - Capital Improvements & Renovation Project - Rejection of Bids - Catlin, Conestoga, And King Elementary School
 
I.8. Grant Fund Budget Adjustments
Attachments: (2)
I.9. Certificate of Substantial Completion - 2014 Bond Program - Wilson Focus School
I.10. Certificates of Substantial Completion - Buffet Magnet Middle & Yates
I.11. Change Order No. 001 - 2014 Bond Program - Planning Area A - Fire, Life Safety, Security & Technology Upgrades - Wilson Focus School
I.12. Change Order No. 001 - Access Control Installations - Yates
I.13. Contract Extension for CFO Systems
Rationale:  The District recommends approval of the attached contract with CFO Solutions to provide interim Chief Financial Officer support for Omaha Public Schools.   CFO solutions is being engaged to provide Chief Financial Officer leadership to Omaha Public Schools, its Executive team and Accounting department during the interim as the district conducts a search for a permanent Chief Financial Officer.   
 
Attachments: (1)
I.14. Construction Documents Approval - 2018 Bond Program - Capital Improvement & Renovation Project - Transition Program School
I.15. Dickey Settlement Agreement
Rationale:  Administration recommends approval of the attached Settlement Agreement between Thea Dickey, individually and as conservator for her minor children, and the Omaha Public Schools.  Thea Dickey is the surviving spouse of Thomas Dickey.  Thomas Dickey was employed as a teacher for OPS.  At South High School on November 28, 2017, Mr. Dickey physically separated two students who were engaged in a physical altercation.  Shortly thereafter, Mr. Dickey suffered heart failure and died.    
Attachments: (1)
I.16. MOU for Migrant Summer Camps
Rationale:  Each year, the Omaha Public Schools EL Office coordinates summer camp opportunities for Migrant Education Program (MEP) students.  The Omaha MEP includes Migrant students from Omaha Public Schools as well as other districts who are part of the Omaha Project as designated by the Nebraska Department of Education.  Camps are funded through the Migrant Title IC grant.  Migrant funding is exclusively for support of current Migrant students. 
 
I.17. Proposal - Service And Inspections On Elevators And Lifts At Various Facilities
 
I.18. Second Reading of Policy 4040 (Social Media Policy) and Policy 8150 (Committees and Committee Functions) 
Attachments: (2)
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.
Attachments: (1)
J.2. Information Item(s)
J.2.a. ACT Testing in OPS: 2017-2018 Results
Attachments: (2)
J.2.b. Student Assignment Plan Committee Update
K. Receipt of Reports
K.1. Third Quarter Travel Expenses
Attachments: (1)
K.2. CBOC/Phase I & Phase II Update - February 2019
Rationale:  Update of the Phase I & Phase II Bond Programs with regard to topics discussed in CBOC meetings including schedules, budgets, and contingencies.
 
Attachments: (3)
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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