Public Meeting Agenda: November 4, 2013 at 6:30 PM - Board of Education Regular Meeting

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November 4, 2013 at 6:30 PM - Board of Education Regular Meeting Agenda

November 4, 2013 at 6:30 PM - Board of Education Regular 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. 

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.

B. Call to Order
C. Pledge of Allegiance
Rationale:  Lead by Pack 365.
D. Roll Call
D.1. Excused/Unexcused Absence
E. School Spotlight - Northwest High School
Rationale: 

Tonight, the school spotlight is on Northwest High Magnet School.

 

After hearing of the devastation in Wayne, Neb., following a tornado in early October, a group of students from Northwest decided to spend a Saturday helping with cleanup efforts.

 

Nine students and two teachers from Northwest were among a group of OPS representatives that made the trip to Wayne to help with a variety of projects. Northwest students walked through a cornfield for several hours, picking up debris from a farmhouse damaged by the tornado. Their efforts helped the storm-damaged community recover--and move on--when it needed a helping hand Our congratulations to them!

 

 

F. Board and Superintendent Communications
F.1. Superintendent
Attachments:
F.1.a. SECONDARY SCHEDULING COMMITTEE
Rationale:  Preliminary planning has been completed to design the meeting content and schedule for a district-wide committee on the topic of secondary scheduling.  This committee will convene monthly beginning in November and concluding in February.  The following goals have been established for committee work: 1) review of the research on best practices for scheduling, 2) academic considerations that are impacted by scheduling, 3) student support considerations that are impacted by secondary scheduling, 4) accountability issues that are impacted by secondary schedules and to provide a recommendation to the Board of Education on a standardized secondary schedule for the Omaha Public Schools.  Committee members will include teachers and administrators.
Attachments:
F.2. Board Members
G. Public Comment and Recognition
H. 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. 
H.1. Reading of Minutes
H.1.a. October 21, 2013 (Regular Meeting)
Attachments:
H.1.b. October 28, 2013 (Special Meeting)
Attachments:
H.2. Personnel Adjustments
Attachments:
H.3. CLAIMS - SCHOOL DISTRICT OF OMAHA - REPORT A
Rationale: 
APPROVAL OF CLAIMS - SCHOOL DISTRICT OF OMAHA

It is recommended that the claims for the School District of Omaha be approved as presented by the central administrative staff.

A. CLAIMS REPORT A:

All claims submitted excluding those listed in Claims Report B
Attachments:
H.4. CLAIMS - EDUCATIONAL SERVICE UNIT NO. 19
Rationale: 
APPROVAL OF CLAIMS - EDUCATIONAL SERVICE UNIT NO. 19

It is recommended that the claims for Educational Service Unit No. 19 be approved as presented by the central administrative staff.
Attachments:
H.5. GRANT FUND BUDGET ADJUSTMENTS
Rationale: 


GRANT FUND BUDGET ADJUSTMENTS

 

It is recommended that the receipts and expenditures of the detailed grant fund budget for the 2013-2014 fiscal year be amended to include the following reimbursable programs:

 

The Sherwood Foundation Grants and Grants less than $10,000.00 to be amended into the 2013-2014 budgets are available for review in the Board Workroom.

 

  1. SHERWOOD FOUNDATION GRANTS

    

These budget amendments in the amount of $215,750.00 are for the period beginning September 1, 2013, and ending August 31, 2014.  These amendments represent only that part of the budget that will be expended during the 2013-2014 school year for new programs from the Sherwood Foundation.

 

     This program is 100% reimbursable.

H.6. CERTIFICATE(S) OF SUBSTANTIAL COMPLETION
Attachments:
H.7. MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR CONTRACT FOR SECURITY CAMERAS AT VARIOUS LOCATIONS ($253,069.89)
H.8. CHANGE ORDER NO. 001 – ELECTRICAL & DATA INFRASTRUCTURE UPGRADES PACKAGE B – CRESTRIDGE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (DEDUCT $12,881.16)
H.9. CHANGE ORDER NO. 019 – GATEWAY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (ADD $117,557.00)
H.10. APPROVAL OF RESOLUTIONS TO REFUND DOUGLAS COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICTS 0001 SERIES 2003B BONDS
Rationale: 

APPROVAL OF RESOLUTIONS TO REFUND DOUGLAS COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICTS 0001 SERIES 2003B BONDS

Resolutions relating to the refunding of the School District’s outstanding Series 2003B Bonds, including (1) a resolution acknowledging the status of Ameritas Investment Corp. as Underwriter and authorizing such underwriter and the administrative staff to proceed with negotiated underwriting of Series 2013 General Obligation Refunding Bonds; (2) a resolution authorizing the administrative staff to take actions necessary to call the Series 2003B Bonds for redemption, and (3) a resolution authorizing the issuance of not to exceed $23,000,000 of general obligation refunding bonds, authorizing the administrative staff to designate the final terms of such refunding bonds within certain parameters, authorizing and approving related documents, and authorizing other actions necessary to accomplish the refunding.
H.11. DOUGLAS COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT 0001 HEAD START-SEPTEMBER
Rationale:  The monthly Douglas County School District 0001 Head Start Governing Body Report for September 2013 is provided as an attachment in accordance with the 2007 Head Start Act.
Attachments:
I. Unfinished Business
J. Discussion and/or Action Items
J.1. CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL FOUNDATION – LEGACY PROJECT
Rationale:  Dr. Ed Bennett, Principal of Central High School, along with members of the Central High School Foundation will present an overview of Legacy Plaza.
Attachments:
J.2. Attendance Process
Rationale:  Central Office staff will provide proposed changes to attendance process. 
Attachments:
J.3. POLICY ON EXTRA-CURRICULAR ELIGIBILITY/GPA REQUIREMENTS
Rationale:  A review of the research has been completed per Board of Education request on school districts that have implemented a change in GPA requirements for athletics.  In addition, the data regarding OPS athletes and the impact of the change to 2.0 GPA are attached along with the Spring Student Eligibility Survey (completed Spring 2013 by Research Division).  A matrix has been compiled of school districts across the nation that have both enacted 2.0 GPA requirements or have dropped GPA requirements for athletes.  A document has also been created to the benefits, challenges and considerations for implementing a GPA requirement for athletic eligibility.  The National Federation of State High School Associations review of the literature is also provided as a reference titled, “The Case for High School Activities”.  A short presentation will be given with the opportunity for Board questions and discussion.  The current administrative recommendation is the requirement that athletes with a GPA below 2.0 must attend required tutoring sessions (Academic Coaching).  A previous request by the Board of Education to increase the number of tutoring sessions for Academic Coaching will be a part of future planning.
K. New and Miscellaneous Business
K.1. Action Items
K.2. Information Items
L. Receipt of Reports
L.1. LEARNING COMMUNITY
Rationale: 
 LEARNING COMMUNITY

    Douglas/Sarpy County Learning Community Coordinating Council minutes of the September 19, 2013 regular meeting.
Attachments:
L.2. EDUCATIONAL SERVICE UNIT NO. 19 ANNUAL REPORT 2012-2013
Rationale: 
EDUCATIONAL SERVICE UNIT NO. 19 ANNUAL REPORT 2012-2013

The Educational Service Unit No. 19 Annual Report 2012-2013 is attached.
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. Roll Call
O. Adjournment
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