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January 4, 2021 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. Board of Education Oath of Office
Rationale:  New Board Members, Jane Erdenberger, Spencer Head, and Nick Thielen, will take the Oath of Office.
Attachments: (1)
D. Election of Officers
Rationale: 

The OPS Board of Education shall first elect its President and then elect its Vice President.  Any member of the Board may self-nominate or be nominated by another Board Member.  Nominating speeches are not permitted.  However, nominees shall have up to five minutes to speak following the close of nominations and prior to the distribution of ballots.   Nominee speeches shall be in order of nomination.   Election of officers of the Board of Education shall be kept by secret ballot.  Election shall require a majority of all members of the board.   (Policy 8130)

Attachments: (2)
E. Pledge of Allegiance
F. OPS Vision and Mission Statement
Rationale:  The Vision:  Every Student.  Every Day.  Prepared for Success.

The Mission:  To prepare all students for success in college, career and life.
G. Roll Call
G.1. Excused/Unexcused Absence
H. Board and Superintendent Communications
H.1. Superintendent
Attachments: (1)
H.2. Board Members
I. Public Comment and Recognition
J. 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. 
J.1. Reading of Minutes
J.1.a. Monday, December 14, 2020 - Regular Meeting
Attachments: (1)
J.2. Approval of Resolution 20-010 Ratifying All Actions Taken by the Board of Education at its December 14, 2020 Video Conference Meeting
Rationale:  Staff recommends approval of the Resolution ratifying all actions taken by the Board of Education at the December 14, 2020 meeting.  The Board last met in person on November 16, 2020, and met via video conference on December 14 by virtue of Executive Order No. 20-36 which provided limited waivers to the Public Meetings Act to permit political subdivisions to meet telephonically or by video conference.
 
Attachments: (1)
J.3. Approval of Proposed Staffing Adjustments
Rationale:  Administration recommends approval of the staffing recommendations found in the attached Staffing Adjustments.
Attachments: (1)
J.4. Approval of the Construction Documents for Design of the New Middle School 42nd & Y Street Project – 2018 Bond Program
Rationale:  Staff, Jacobs, and RDG Planning & Design request approval of the Design Construction document for the New Middle School 42nd & Y Street Project. The electronic Construction Documents Design Submittal booklet is included for consideration. Staff recommend approval of the design in order to proceed to the next phase, which is bid and award solicitation.
J.5. 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 REPORT A
Attachments: (4)
J.6. Claims - School District of Omaha - Report B
Rationale:  It is recommended that the claims for the School District of Omaha e approved as presented by the Central Administrative Staff.

A>  CLAIMS B REPORT
Attachments: (1)
J.7. 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)
J.8. 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)
J.9. Committee on Claims Audit Approval 01/04/2021
Rationale:  The Committee on Claims met on 01/04/2021 and approved the audit of claims conducted by the Secretary to the Board of Education. 
Attachments: (1)
K. Discussion and/or Action Items
K.1. Action Item(s)
K.2. Information Item(s)
K.2.a. Information Update on Internal Control Deficiencies Identified in the the 2019-2020 Audit
Rationale:  Scott Roberts, Chief Financial Officer, will provide an update to the Board of Education on steps taken to address the two internal control deficiencies cited in the 2019-2020 audit.
 
L. Receipt of Reports
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. Adjournment

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