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August 19, 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.  We are pleased to present our African American History Challenge student winners from Beveridge Magnet Middle School and Northwest High Magnet School as tonight’s #OPSProud Spotlight.

The 100 Black Men of Omaha hosted its 19th Annual African American History at Omaha North High in February. The competition is divided into senior and junior divisions. This year’s local winners were senior division, Northwest High Magnet and junior division, Beveridge Magnet Middle. The winning teams from each division received cash prizes and an all-expense paid trip to compete at the 100 Black Men of America’s National Conference in Las Vegas in June.

Omaha Northwest High School students Lal Nuni, HToo Say and Tehya Wynne, coached by Miss McCoy took first place in the national senior division. Winners received a $3,000 scholarship, medallions and educational items.

Beveridge Magnet Middle School students Kennedy Alati, Dee-Dee Djon (John) and Briana Reza-Rivera, coached by Chad Carlson and Sheila McCauley took first place in the national junior division. Winners received cash prizes, medallions, and education items.

We congratulate both teams on this wonderful accomplishment and at this time, we welcome Beveridge Magnet student Dee-Dee Djon (John) to the podium for remarks.
G. Board and Superintendent Communications
G.1. Treasurer
Rationale:  The Treasurer's Report for July 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, August 5, 2019 - Regular Meeting
Attachments: (1)
I.2. Staff Adjustments
Attachments: (1)
I.3. Administrative Appointments
I.4. Claims - School District of Omaha - Report A
Rationale:  It is recommended that the claims for 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 - 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.7. Committee on Claims Audit Approval 08/19/2019
Rationale:  The Committee on Claims met on 08/19/2019 and approved the audit of claims conducted by the Secretary to the Board of Education. 
Attachments: (1)
I.8. Actuarial Services for Implementation of Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) 75
Rationale:  Staff recommends Board approval of an award bid and begin contract negotiations with Actuarial & Health Care Solutions, LLC to provide actuarial valuation of post-employment benefits other than retirement in accordance with Governmental Accounting Standards Board Statement Number 75.  These actuarial valuations will be used for required notes to the District’s financial statements for fiscal years ended August 31, 2019 to 2022.  Board policy provides for an exemption to bidding procedures for professional services, such as actuarial services, but staff felt it would be appropriate to attempt a formal bidding process.  Staff issued a RFP #P010-19 on July 5, 2019, with a due date of July 18, 2019 for responses.  No responses were received so staff contacted two known vendors for bids the week of July 22, 2019.  The two bids received were for $66,000 from Cavanaugh Macdonald Consulting, LLC and $29,800 from Actuarial & Health Care Solutions, LLC. 
 
I.9. Amendment No. 002 To The Agreement With McCarthy Building Companies, Inc - 2018 Bond Program - New High School 60th & L Street Project
Attachments: (1)
I.10. Change Order No. 001 - 2018 Bond Program - Capital Improvements & Renovation - King Elementary School
I.11. Construction Documents Approval - 2018 Bond Program - New Elementary School 1000 N. Fort Crook Road Project
I.12. Construction Documents Approval - 2018 Bond Program - Pinewood Elementary School Capital Improvement & Renovation Project
I.13. Design Firm Selection - 2018 Bond Program - Central High School - Capital Improvements and Renovation Project
Attachments: (1)
I.14. Design Firm Selection - 2018 Bond Program - Highland Elementary School - Capital Improvements and New Addition Project
Attachments: (1)
I.15. Design Firm Selection - 2018 Bond Program - Spring Lake Elementary School - Capital Improvements and New Addition Project
Attachments: (1)
I.16. Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Title I, Part A - Grant, Nebraska Department of Education
Rationale:  Central Administrative Staff requests approval to accept the Title I, Part A - Grant
This budget amendment, in the amount of $28,984,926.00 is for the period beginning of August 30, 2019 and ending September 30, 2020.
 
Attachments: (1)
I.17. Grant Fund Budget Adjustments
Attachments: (2)
I.18. OPS/Local 226 Memorandum of Understanding Relating to Temporarily Contracting Out Special Education Routes
Attachments: (1)
I.19. Organizational Chart Changes
Attachments: (1)
I.20. Point Construction and Management Contract Termination
 
Rationale:  On June 4, 2018, the Board of Education awarded a contract to Point Construction and Management for the furnishing of labor and materials and equipment to perform pre-K playground improvements at Lothrop Elementary School pursuant to contract drawings and specifications for Bid No. 18-044.  Point Construction and Management has failed to prosecute the work with due diligence and carry the work forward in accordance with the project schedule and time limits set forth in the Contract.  As such, staff recommends that the contract be terminated immediately for non-performance.
 
Attachments: (2)
I.21. Title I 2019-2020 Neglected, Delinquent & Homeless Agencies
Rationale:  As part of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), it is required to provide educational services for children and youth in local and state institutions for neglected, delinquent and homeless agencies. Title I contracts with nine (9) agencies to help ensure that students who are in neglected, delinquent and homeless agencies have the same opportunity to meet the equivalent challenging state academic content and student achievement standards that all children in the state are expected to meet.

Central Office Staff requests approval of the following annual contracts for the 2019-2020 school year: Homeless Agency, Neglected Agency and Delinquent Agency Contracts. Attached are the following documents:

Homeless Shelters
Open Door Mission

Neglected Agencies
Boys Town Intervention & Assessment Interim Program School
CHI Health Immanuel/CHI Health Residential Treatment Center
Child Saving Institute
NOVA Treatment Community, Inc.
Omaha Home for Boys
Rite of Passage - Uta Halee Academy
Youth Care & Beyond, Inc.

Delinquent Agency
Douglas County Youth Center
J. Discussion and/or Action Items
J.1. Action Item(s)
J.2. Information Item(s)
J.2.a. Recommended Boundary Changes
Rationale:  Cooperative Strategies and central office staff will provide a review of the boundary process and final boundary recommendations. 
Attachments: (4)
J.2.b. Policy Updates - 4041, 4430, 7000, 8150, 8151
K. Receipt of Reports
K.1. CBOC/Phase I & Phase II Update - July 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: (2)
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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