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May 6, 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 Colors and the Pledge of Allegiance will be presented by Bryan High School's JROTC.
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. Tonight, the #OPSProud Spotlight is on Benson High Magnet School and "The Faces of Benson" mural. The mural sits just above the main offices at Benson High Magnet School. It’s a beautiful mural displaying the face of four current Benson students and two alumni.

Benson High students submitted an essay to determine who would be represented in the mural.  Four student essays were selected and these students are here with us tonight. Their essays were chosen because they showed true character of the school and its diverse population.

Aung Myo Mya discussed what it meant to be welcomed as a refugee student at Benson. Paradise Sullivan wrote on the importance of academies, and how teachers have been integral in her growth as a learner and leader. Abigail Mefford discussed the multiple generations of her family that have attended Benson and how it is truly her home away from home. Lamar Brown discussed how his teachers believed in him and how his face would be a reminder to anyone walking the halls that success is possible.

We commend these students for sharing their stories which will now be part of a long-term art piece cherished by many generations to come at Benson High. We’d like to recognize those who made this project possible. Special thanks to the Benson art department and administrative staff, former Benson High graduate Reggie LeFlore who painted the mural, grants given by the Nebraska Arts Council, OPS Foundation, Benson Alumni Association, and the Benson Legacy Foundation. At this time, we welcome Benson High Magnet School principal Tom Wagner to the podium for remarks.
 
Attachments: (1)
G. Board and Superintendent Communications
G.1. Treasurer
Rationale:  The Treasurer's Report for March 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, April 15, 2019 - Regular Meeting 
Attachments: (1)
I.2. Administrative Appointment
Attachments: (1)
I.3. Staff Adjustments
Attachments: (1)
I.4. 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.5. 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.6. Claims - School District of Omaha - Report C
Rationale:  It is recommended that the claims for the School District of Omaha be approved as presented by the central administrative staff.

A.  CLAIMS C REPORT
Attachments: (1)
I.7. Claims - Education 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.8. Committee on Claims Audit Approval 5/06/2019
Rationale:  The Committee on Claims met on 5/6/2019 and approved the audit of claims conducted by the Secretary to the Board of Education. 
Attachments: (1)
I.9. Agreement with Boys and Girls Clubs of the Midlands for Bryan Middle School 
Rationale:  Staff recommends the approval by the Board of Education of an Agreement between the District and Boys and Girls Clubs of the Midlands (BGCM) for the construction of additional facilities to support the operation of Boys & Girls Club programs at Bryan Middle School.  The Agreement calls for a payment by BGCM of the amount of $2,775,000 to the District to defray the cost of the additional facilities.  The Agreement has been reviewed for legal sufficiency by legal counsel for the District.
I.10. Amendment No. 001 to the Agreement with the Weitz Company - 2018 Bond Program - Capital Improvements & Renovation - Burke High School
I.11. Amendment No. 002 to the Agreement with Sampson Construction Company, Inc - 2018 Bond Program - New High School 156th & Ida Street Project
I.12. Bid No. 19-028 - 2014 Bond Program - Capital Improvements & Renovation - Kellom Elementary School - Withdrawal and Re-Award
I.13. Bid No. 19-033 - 2014 Bond Program Asbestos Removal at Columbian School
I.14. Bid No. 19-034 TerraWave Wi-Fi Ceiling Tile Enclosure Purchases For Various Schools
I.15. Bid No. 19-035 - 2018 Bond Program - Capital Improvements & Renovation - King Elementary School
I.16. Certificate of Substantial Completion - Service Center
Attachments: (1)
I.17. Contract Renewal with Humana Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and Work-life Services
 
Rationale:  The District recommends that the Board approve the extension of the contract with Humana, Inc. in the amount of $87,602.64 to provide Employee Assistance Programs for staff.  This benefit for all employees would continue to provide five (5) sessions for employees or their families along with Work-Life Services, personal financial and personal legal counseling, and a member website to provide online resources. 
Attachments: (1)
I.18. Declaration of Surplus Relocatable Classroom Building
Attachments: (1)
I.19. District Annual Order General Science Supplies for 2019-2020 School Year
I.20. Grant Fund Budget Adjustments
Attachments: (2)
I.21. Head Start Monthly Board Report
Attachments: (1)
I.22. OPS/Local 226 Memorandum of Understanding Relating to Contracting Out of Certain Services.
Attachments: (1)
I.23. Sale of Property at 48th and Q Streets
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.1.b. Bid No. 19-018 Vehicles-Eight (8) 2019 or 2020 New and Unused Type A Buses and  Bid No. 19-019 Vehicles - Five (5) 2019 or 2020 New and Unused Type C Wheelchair Buses
Rationale:  Discussion/Action Item:
OPS Transportation staff will present a vehicle replacement plan.
J.1.c. First Reading - Student Code of Conduct Revisions for 2019-2020
Rationale:  Central Office Staff will reveiw recommended changes to the 2019-20 Code of Conduct.  The changes were reviewed by the Policy Committee at their last meeting.  
J.1.d. Jackson Consulting Professional Development
Rationale:  Elementary Education proposes to contract with Jill Jackson Consulting to provide professional development on August 7, 8 and 9, 2019 to train teachers, staff and leadership on Phonics Mastery Guides and to purchase access to the Master Guides for all elementary schools. Secondary Education proposes to contract with Jill Jackson Consulting to provide professional development on August 8-9, 2019, to train Middle and High School ELA Teachers on "How to Teach Students to Critically Think About Text." The total cost for training and materials will be $124,760.00

 
Attachments: (1)
J.1.e. Omaha Virtual School Program & Online Learning System - Additional 1 Year Renewal
J.2. Information Item(s)
J.2.a. Budget and Audit Committee Update
J.2.b. Policy Committee Update
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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