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November 4, 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 President Snow, Vice President Holmann, members of the board and Superintendent Dr. Logan.  For this evening's #OPSProud spotlight, we are proud to welcome staff and students from Bryan High School for their support of a community-wide effort titled "Project Linus," which provides blankets and the comfort that comes with the gift to children in need. Bryan High National Honor Society has partnered with the local effort and has hosted an annual event which recently drew 200 volunteers. Bryan High Principal Dr. Rony Ortega is at the school working with parent supporters this evening, so I am pleased to welcome Ms. Melissa Gates, Bryan High's Dean of Students to the podium.
 
G. Board and Superintendent Communications
G.1. Superintendent
Attachments: (1)
G.2. 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. October 21, 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 School 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 11/04/2019
Rationale:  The Committee on Claims met on 11/04/2019 and approved the audit of claims conducted by the Secretary to the Board of Education. 
Attachments: (1)
I.7. 2019-2020 Non-Negotiated Salary Addendum
Rationale:  The District recommends the approval of the attached salary increases for non-negotiated staff that were not included in the previous recommendation.
 
Attachments: (1)
I.8. Amended OSAA Salary Schedules
Rationale:  The District recommends the approval of the amended OSAA salary schedules attached.  The original version published had an error in the amounts under Level 10 that have been corrected. 
 
Attachments: (1)
I.9. Educational Specification & Schematic Design Approval - 2018 Bond Program - New Elementary School 10th & Pine Street Project
Rationale:  District Staff, Jacobs and Jackson-Jackson & Associates, Inc. are requesting approval of the Educational Specification and Schematic Design Documents for the New Elementary School 10th & Pine Street project as part of the 2018 Bond Program.  The electronic Educational Specification and Schematic Design booklet has been provided to members of the Board of Education for consideration.  Approval of the Educational Specification and Schematic Design is needed in order to proceed to the next phase of the design process, which is Design Development.
 
I.10. Grant Fund Budget Adjustments
Attachments: (1)
I.11. Head Start Delegate Agreement 2019-2020
Attachments: (1)
I.12. Head Start Monthly Board Report - September
Attachments: (1)
I.13. Rescission of Design Firm Selection - 2018 Bond Program - Central High School - Capital Improvements and Renovation Project
Rationale:  Staff and representatives of Jacobs recommended the appointment of Alvine & Associates, Inc. by the Board of Education on August 19, 2019, to provide professional services, including plans, specifications and construction administration, for the Central High School Capital Improvements and Renovation Project be rescinded.  Staff and representatives of Jacobs propose to expand the scope of work of the project to include repurposing rooms vacated after the renovation to the east side of Central High School.  The proposed expansion of the scope of work will require significant architectural design services which were not previously included in the initial appointment of Alvine & Associates.  Due to the expanded scope of work for this project, Staff and representatives of Jacobs further recommend that a new Request for Proposals be issued by the District for architectural services, including any other related design and engineering services, necessary for the expanded project.
 
I.14. Resolution Relating to Employee Termination Hearing
J. Discussion and/or Action Items
J.1. Action Item(s)
J.1.a. 2020-21 Calendar Revisions
Attachments: (1)
J.1.b. Authorization for New Brokerage Account
Rationale:  Staff recommends approval of the Resolution authorizing the District to open a brokerage account with its banker, US Bank.  The District periodically receives bequeaths or gifts of stock from members of the community.  In addition, the District sometimes enters into Grant Agreements with grantors that wish to make payment to OPS in the form of stock.  The purpose of the brokerage account will be to receive and immediately liquidate stock from bequeaths, gifts, and payments for grants.  Anticipated fees range from $4.95 to $25 per sale transaction.  Annual fees are expected to be less than $200.
Attachments: (1)
J.2. Information Item(s)
J.2.a. Budget Committee Update
J.2.b. Student Assignment Plan 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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