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April 4, 2022 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: 

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B. Call to Order
C. Pledge of Allegiance
Rationale:  The Bryan High School JROTC will present the Colors and lead the Pledge of Allegiance.
D. 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.
E. Roll Call
E.1. Excused/Unexcused Absence
F. School Spotlight
Rationale:  The #OPSProud Spotlight recognizes Omaha Public Schools' two state champion wrestlers, Tyson Terry and Tyler Stewart of North High.
G. Board and Superintendent Communications
G.1. Treasurer
Rationale:  The Treasurer's Report for February 2022 is attached for review.
Attachments: (1)
G.2. Superintendent
Attachments: (2)
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, March 21, 2022 - Regular Meeting
Attachments: (1)
I.2. Approval of the Absence & Substitute Management Agreement with Frontline Education from July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2025 ($98,186.03)
Rationale: 

FUND:  5190 - ESU19 Info & Management Services                  
PROGRAM:  2510 - Business Support Services
DEPT:  7062550 - Human Resources Information System         
CLASS:  350 - Interlocal Agreements 
POLICY: 7000 III. K, VII.A.
AMOUNT: $98,186.03 

Administration recommends approval of the attached contract with Frontline Education. Frontline Education will provide unlimited usage for internal employees, including absence and substitute management.  Administration recommends approval of the contract for services through June 30, 2025.

I.3. Approval of Amendment No. 002 to the Agreement with The Weitz Company, LLC – Blackburn School Capital Improvements & Renovation Project – 2018 Bond Program – (Add $219,887.00) Revised Total $2,987,548.00
Rationale:  FUND:     41 - 2018 Bond Program Proceeds Fund
PROGRAM:  2591 - Building & Grounds
DEPT:     3910020 - Blackburn School Facilities
PROJECT:  321524 - Blackburn School Project
SUPPLIER: The Weitz Company, LLC
POLICY:   7003, F.3.
AMOUNT:   $219,887.00

Pursuant to Policy 7003, F.3., Administration, Jacobs, and KPE Consulting Engineers, Inc. recommend approval of Amendment No. 002, which includes mechanical and electrical work associated with the air handling units and variable air volume control work for Blackburn School Project for a guaranteed maximum price (GMP) of $219,887.00.

The Board approved the CMR Agreement with The Weitz Company, LLC on December 14, 2020 and GMP Amendment No. 001 on May 17, 2021. The addition of GMP Amendment No. 002 brings the current value of the CMR Agreement to a total amount of $2,987,548.00.
I.4. Approval of Appointments to the Omaha Public Schools Foundation Board of Directors
Rationale:  Section III of the Omaha Public Schools Foundation (OPSF) Bylaws requires the Omaha Public Schools Board of Education to approve, by a majority vote, the appointment of OPSF new members.  On March 24, 2022 the OPS Foundation Board approved the nominations of Renee Campbell, Eric Hochsteim, Melissa Shapiro and Keith Station to serve for a three-year term beginning June16, 2022.  These new members were elected based on their individual abilities and standing in the community.
Attachments: (4)
I.5. Approval to Award Bid No. 22-055 to Dollamur Sport Surfaces, Hauff Sports, MFAC, and Specseats Int’l Corp for School Branded Athletic Supplies and Equipment at Bluestem Middle School, Buena Vista High School, and Westview High School - 2018 Bond Project ($387,848.43)
Rationale:  FUND:       1           General Fund
PROGRAM:    2199        Other Student Support Services
DEPT. ID:   8861140     Bluestem Middle School Facility      $ 85,084.11
DEPT. ID:   3631145     Buena Vista High School Facility    $151,382.16
DEPT. ID:   3691145     Westview High School Facility        $151,382.16
SUPPLIER:   20553       Dollamur Sport Surfaces             $118,923.46
SUPPLIER:   3543        Hauff Sports                         $196,536.97
SUPPLIER:   2156        MFAC                                $ 39,250.00
SUPPLIER:   New         Specseats Int’l Corp         $ 33,138.00
POLICIES:   7000, III. K., 7000, VII. A.
AMOUNT:     $387,848.43
     
Administration recommends that Bid No. 22-055 be awarded to Dollamur Sport Surfaces, Hauff Sports, MFAC, and Specseats Int’l Corp for school branded athletic supplies and equipment for Bluestem Middle School, Buena Vista High School, and Westview High School. The District received six (6) bid responses. Riddell All American is non-compliant for not acknowledging the addendum and incorrect signature page. Administration recommends that Dollamur Sport Surfaces, be awarded the following items: wrestling mats competition and practice mats. Hauff Sports, be awarded the following items:  hurdles, tabletop electronic score board, multi-sport tabletop flip score board, volleyball knee pads, basketball rack, and volleyball officials’ flags, football practice jersey top and bottom, golf balls, football goal post pads, custom score table, soccer competition socks, golf bags, mat cleaners, football travel bags, football sideline coats, football belts, batting tee, softball bases, softball fast pitch competition bats and softball fast pitch practice bats, volleyball cart, dry swim towel, swim turn flags, boys’ basketballs, girls / middle school basketballs, rebounder screen, volleyball handheld air pump and net height checker, golf hitting mat. Administration also recommends that MFAC, be awarded the following item:  portable tents. Additionally, Administration recommends that Specseats Int’l Corp, be awarded the following items: basketball/volleyball folding chairs and folding chair storage.  Administration recommends rejecting all bids for the following items:  football portable sideline tent, volleyball official’s stands, volleyball coaches’ box, and softball L screen, due to not receiving bids that met the required specifications.  

 


OPS Classification Code
 


Tot.
QTY

BID
DOLLAMUR SPORT SURFACES

BID
HAUFF SPORTS

BID
MFAC

BID
SPEC SEATS
 
BID
BSN SPORTS (NC)

BID
RIDDELL ALL AMERICAN (NC)
AAHS-16
Aluminum Hurdles

450

NO BID

*$146.66
 

$186.00

NO BID

$100.00
NC

$291.50 NC
AAHS-18
Portable Tents

10

NO BID

$4,202.20

*$3,925.00
 

NO BID

$2,500.00
NC

NO BID
AAHS-53
Golf Balls

100
DZ

NO BID

*$54.06
 

NO BID

NO BID

$53.49
NC

NO BID
AAHS-86
Football Goal Post Pads

10

NO BID

*$343.58
 

NO BID

NO BID

$409.98 NC
 

$355.00 NC
AAHS-174
Competition Wrestling Mats

 

8

*$8,777.18
 

$11,383.95

NO BID

NO BID

NO BID

NO BID
AAHA-197
Custom Scorer's Table

5

NO BID

*$5,092.71
 

NO BID

NO BID

$3,499.99
NC

NO BID
AAHS-205
Basketball/ Volleyball Folding Chairs

240

NO BID

$148.56

NO BID

*$127.50
 

$109.99
NC

 

$95.85
NC
AAHS-257
Folding Chair Storage

3

NO BID

$848.93

NO BID

*$846.00
 

$514.99
NC

$280.00
NC
AAHS-215 Soccer Competition Socks
340

NO BID

*$3.11
 

NO BID

NO BID

$3.49
NC

$5.77
NC
AAHS-222
Football Portable Sideline Tent

4

NO BID

NO BID

NO BID

NO BID

NO BID

NO BID
AAHS-232
Volleyball Officials' Stands

9

NO BID

$1,014.83
NC

NO BID

NO BID

$1,384.99
NC

NO BID
AAHS-233
Volleyball Coaches' Boxes

9

NO BID

NO BID

NO BID

NO BID

$849.99
NC

NO BID
AAHS-240
Golf Bags

24

NO BID

*$216.25
 

NO BID

NO BID

$169.99
NC

NO BID
AAHS-249
Wrestling Practice Mats

6

*$8,117.67
 

$10,161.73

NO BID

NO BID

NO BID

NO BID
AAHS-173
Mat Cleaner

40

NO BID

*$37.51
 

NO BID

NO BID

$43.43
NC

NO BID
AAHA-262
Football Travel Bags

300

NO BID

*$33.69
 

NO BID

NO BID

$47.50
NC

$19.50
NC
AAHS-263
Football Sideline Coats

300

NO BID

*$67.69
 

NO BID

NO BID

NO BID

NO BID
AUFB-4
Varsity / Non-Varsity Football Practice Jerseys; Top & Bottoms

325

NO BID

*$20.25
 

NO BID

NO BID

$23.00 NC

$20.00
NC
AAHS-261
Football Belt

725

NO BID

*$1.25
 

NO BID

NO BID

NO BID

$.80
NC
AAHS-142
Batting Tee

24

NO BID

*$48.40
 

NO BID

NO BID

$72.99
NC

$29.70
NC
AAHS-244
Softball Bases

4

NO BID

*$268.62
 

NO BID

NO BID

$241.49
NC

$241.65
NC
AAHS-245
Softball "L" Screen

4

NO BID

$151.60
NC

NO BID

NO BID

$162.99
NC

$287.44
NC
AAHS-285
Softball Fast Pitch Competition Bats

8
Sets

NO BID

*$2,145.00
 

NO BID

NO BID

NO BID

NO BID
AAHS-286
Softball Fast Pitch Practice Bats

4
Sets

 

NO BID

*$1,278.75
 

NO BID

NO BID

NO BID

NO BID
AAHS-47
Volleyball Cart



 

9

NO BID

*$104.24
 

NO BID

NO BID

$148.99
NC

$90.80
NC
AAMS-33
Tabletop Electronic Score Board

 

3

NO BID

*$515.00
 

NO BID

NO BID

$162.99
NC

NO BID
AAHS-46
Multi-Sport Tabletop Flip Scoreboard

10

NO BID

*$31.27
 

NO BID

NO BID

$22.50
NC

$57.24
NC
AAHS-48
Volleyball Knee Pads

147

NO BID

*$20.19
 

NO BID

NO BID

$10.19
NC

NO BID
AAHS-182
Dry Swim Towel

125

NO BID

*$9.73
 

NO BID

 NO BID

  NO BID

NO BID
AAHS-187
Swim Turn Flags

36

NO BID

*$9.17
 

NO BID

NO BID

NO BID

NO BID
AAHS-194
Basketball - Boys

80

NO BID

*$53.74
 

NO BID

NO BID

$56.52
NC

 

$73.95
NC
AAHS-194
Basketball - Girls and MS

130

NO BID

*$53.74
 

NO BID

NO BID

$56.52
NC

 

73.95
NC
AAHS-196
Basketball Rack


 

15

NO BID

*$198.54

 

NO BID

NO BID
 
$40.50
NC

$48.33
NC
AAHS-198
Rebounder Screen

10

NO BID

*$95.09
 

NO BID

NO BID

NO BID

NO BID
AAHS-237
Volleyball Officials’ Flags

9
Sets

NO BID

*$11.22
 

NO BID

NO BID

$3.70
NC

NO BID
AAHS-238
Volleyball Handheld Air Pump W Gauge and Net Height Checker

7

NO BID

*$22.76
 

NO BID

NO BID

NO BID

NO BID
AAHS-241
Golf Hitting Mat

8

NO BID

*$390.86
 

NO BID

NO BID

NO BID

NO BID

* = Awarded low priced item meeting spec from a compliant bidder. 

NC = Item does not meet physical or other specifications within the bid document. 
For complete bid documentation contact yvonne.schuster@ops.org

 
I.6. Approval to Award Bid No. 22-058 to Ray Martin Company for KIOS Tower Antenna and Coax Replacement, Phase II, Spring 2022 ($249,973.00)
Rationale:  FUND:       911      KIOS Development Fund
PROGRAM:    2225     Educational Radio Services
DEPT:       7197012  Educational Radio 
SUPPLIER:   Ray Martin Company
POLICIES:   7000, IV., C           
AMOUNT:     $249,973.00

Administration recommends approval to award Bid No. 22-058 to Ray Martin Company for the Phase II improvements to the KIOS Tower located in front of Monroe Middle School at 5105 Bedford Ave. This work includes labor and materials for the replacement and modernization of the existing KIOS radio antenna on the tower as well as replacement of coaxial cable to the antenna from the radio transmitter.  The existing radio Antenna has reached the end of its service life and is not capable of broadcasting a digital signal, the existing coaxial cable has received damage by lighting and is also not of adequate size to support proposed antenna and new transmitter. The total price of the contract is $249,973.00.

This is the second Phase of the project.  The Board of Education approved Phase I on January 22, 2022, which included replacement of radio transmitter, electrical systems, HAVC systems, and addition of emergency back-up generator.

Bids received were:
Vendor Base Bid
*Ray Martin $249,973.00

*Awarded low-priced item meeting specifications from a compliant bidder.
                                                                            
For complete bid documentation contact Philip.Connatser@ops.org.
Attachments: (1)
I.7. Approval to Award Bid No. 22-064 to Omaha Truck Center, Inc. for Thirty (30) New and Unused Type A Buses ($2,034,000.00)
Rationale:  FUND:     4070    Depreciation Reserve
PROGRAM:  2510    Business Support Services
DEPT:     7062100 Accounting and Finance
SUPPLIER: 3832 Omaha Truck Central, Inc.
POLICY: 7000, III.K., 7000, VII.A.
AMOUNT: $2,034,000.00
       
Administration recommends approval to award Bid No. 22-064 to Omaha Truck Center, Inc. for the purchase of thirty (30) New and Unused Type A Buses.  The new units will replace current OPS buses used to transport students to and from school per the Transportation Division replacement plan.
New and Unused Type A Buses
Supplier Unit price Total price for thirty (30) units
Omaha Truck Center, Inc. *$67,800.00 *$2,034,000.00
Nebraska Central $72,759.00 $2,182,770.00
Master’s Transportation, Inc. $73,624.00 $2,208,720.00
 *= awarded low priced item meeting specification from a compliant bidder

For complete bid documentation contact: Traci.Shobe@ops.org.
Attachments: (1)
I.8. Approval to Award Bid No. 22-068 to Scholastic Inc., for Summer Books and Tote Bag Bundles for Summer 2022 ($1,118,685.75)
Rationale:  FUND:       175         COVID Federal Grants
PROGRAM:    1100        Regular Instruction
DEPT ID:    7192010     Elementary Education Admin
VENDOR:     9200        Scholastic, Inc.
PROJECT:    499261      ESSER III
POLICY:     7000, III. K., 7000, VII.A
AMOUNT:     $1,118,685.75

Administration recommends that Bid No. 22-068 be awarded to Scholastic, Inc for summer books and tote bundles for all elementary students in Pre-Kindergarten through Sixth grade. This bid is a part of our academic recovery program under Pillar 1 in the approved plan for ESSER funds.  Each tote bag will contain a bundle of ten (10) books for students in Pre-Kindergarten through third grade and a bundle of five (5) books for students in fourth through sixth grade.  The district received four (4) bid responses. Booksource was non-compliant because the tote bag submitted did not meet specifications. Children’s Plus Inc. was non-compliant due to no submission of a tote bag sample. Dura Brands was non-compliant due to the books submitted not meeting the specifications as outlined in the bid.  The total amount to be awarded to Scholastic, Inc. is $1,118,685.75. 

 
  UNIT BUNDLE PRICE
Pre-K - 3
UNIT BUNDLE PRICE
Grade 4 - 6
UNITS PER GRADE LEVEL
20,005

9,163
VENDOR    
Scholastic, Inc.* $45.50* $22.75*
Booksource (NC) $40.00 NC $43.00 NC
Children’s Plus, Inc. (NC) $20.21 NC $18.05 NC
Dura Brands (NC) $38.29 NC $27.29 NC

* = Awarded item meeting specifications from a compliant bidder. 
NC = non-compliant does not meet the specifications within bid document. 

For complete bid documentation contact Yvonne.schuster@ops.
Attachments: (1)
I.9. Approval to Award Bid No. P013-22 to Elkhorn West Construction, Inc. for Career Center & TAC Building Telecom Infrastructure Modernization, Summer 2022 ($2,540,800.00)
Rationale:  FUND:     1       General Fund
PROGRAM:  1100    Regular Instruction
DEPT:     7062560 Districtwide Technology
SUPPLIER: Elkhorn West Construction, Inc.
POLICIES: 7000, IV.C           
AMOUNT:   $2,540,800.00

Administration recommends approval to Award Bid No. P013-22 to Elkhorn West Construction, Inc. for Career Center and TAC Building Telecom Infrastructure Modernization. This work involves furnishing all labor, materials, supplies and equipment to remove existing communication cabling infrastructure and provide new communication cabling infrastructure throughout the Career Center and Teacher Administrative Center ("TAC") building required to bring the school/building up to District standards. Construction/reconstruction of dedicated communication closets and associated mechanical/Electrical work are inclusive of the new infrastructure.

Administration further recommends the adoptions of alternate #1 and alternate #2. Alternate #1 includes all work required for the supply and installation of a new building wide intercom, paging, and public notification system to replace out of date and inadequate coverage of existing systems. Alternate #2 includes all work required to install new building wide DAS (Distributed Antenna System) and ERRCS (Emergency Responder Radio Coverage System). The DAS will extend cellular phone coverage throughout entire facility to ensure cellular signal is accessible to student, staff, and visitors. The ERRCS will provide complete building coverage for emergency responder radio frequencies in accordance with local and national codes.

The total price of the contract is $2,540,800.00.

Bids received were:
Vendor Base Bid Alt. 1 Alt. 2 Total
Downs Electric $1,823,450.00 $238,225.00 $554,885.00 $2,616,560.00
*Elkhorn West
Construction, Inc.
$1,771,900.00 $244,900.00 $524,000.00 $2,540,800.00
*Awarded low priced item meeting specifications from a compliant bidder.
                                                                            
For complete bid documentation, contact barakat.elshalaby@ops.org.
I.10. Approval to Award RFP No. 009-22 to Stanbury Uniforms, LLC., for Band Uniforms for Bryan High School ($52,221.55)
Rationale:  FUND:       1           General Fund
PROGRAM:    1100        Regular Instruction          
DEPT:       3641136     Bryan High School
SUPPLIER:   52291       Stanbury Uniforms, LLC.
POLICIES:   7000, III. K., 7000, VII.A
AMOUNT:     $52,221.55
     
Administration recommends that RFP No. 009-22 be awarded to Stanbury Uniforms, LLC. for Uniform Jacket, Drum Major Jacket, Uniform Bib, Reversible Leg Cape, Shako, Shako Box, Shako Wrap, Shako Plume, Shako Plume Color #2, Plume Storage Box, Gauntlets, Garment Bags, and Bib Bar Hangers for Bryan High School. The band uniforms will be used by Bryan High School band students for marching band and competitions.  Stanbury Uniforms, LLC. is not low bidder, however they were selected based on their interpretation of the requested design elements provided at the pre-bid meeting and addendum and because the jacket lining was fully lined with a perspiration resistant material increasing the life span for the uniform. The District received three (3) bid responses. McCormick’s Group LLC. is non-compliant due to not providing required sample, design drawings, and construction specifications. The total amount awarded to Stanbury Uniforms, LLC., is $52,221.55.
Item Description Quantity *Stanbury Uniforms, LLC. Fruhauf Uniforms McCormick's Group LLC (NC)
Uniform Jacket 79 *$226.20 $240.29 $63.99 NC
Uniform Jacket (Drum Major) 6 *$295.00 $240.29 $63.99 NC
Uniform Bib 85 *$88.00 $83.29 $63.99 NC
Uniform Reversible Leg Cape 85 *$60.50 $48.56 $39.99 NC
Uniform Shako 85 *$57.00 $65.21 $39.99 NC
Uniform Shako Box 85 *$12.25 $12.50 No Bid 
Shako Wrap 85 *$36.00 $21.07 $27.99 NC
Shako Plume 85 *$37.50 $18.00 $23.99 NC
Shako Plume - Second Color 85 *$24.00 $25.00 $23.99 NC
Plume Storage Box 2 *$160.00 $90.00 $89.99 NC
Uniform Gauntlets 85 *$47.30 $42.50 $27.99 NC
Uniform Garment Bags 85 *$17.00 $11.50 $21.99 NC
Bib Bar Hangers 85  $      -   Free  $      -   Free  $ -   
 Free

*Awarded item meeting specifications from a compliant bidder.
NC=Non-compliant does not meet specifications within the bid document.

For complete bid documentation, contact Yvonne.Schuster@ops.org.
I.11. Approval of Claims Report A - District Expenditure
Rationale:  The Board of Education is required by State Statute 79-584 to approve all expenditures of District funds.  Expenditures are presented to the Board for approval in the form of a Claims Report.  Claims Report A is a listing of all District expenditures and are organized and presented to the Board by which fund the expenditure is being made from (e.g. General Fund, Bond Fund, etc.).
Attachments: (3)
I.12. Approval of Claims Report B - Expenditures from Various Student Activity Funds for which the Board Serves as Custodian
Rationale:  The Board of Education is required by State Statute 79-584 to approve all expenditures of funds for which the District serves as custodian.  Expenditures are presented to the Board for approval in the form of a Claims Report.  Claims Report B is a listing of expenditures from the various Student Activity Funds for which the Board serves as custodian.
Attachments: (1)
I.13. Approval of Claims Report C - Expenditures on behalf of Board Members or their Related Organizations
Rationale:  Board Members are prohibited by Nebraska law from voting on items which may personally benefit them.  Expenditures which may personally benefit individual Board Members are presented to the Board for approval in the form of a separate Claims Report in order to permit those Board Members to abstain from voting on items which may personally benefit them.  The Board of Education is required by State Statute 79-584 to approve all expenditures of District funds.  Claims Report C is a listing of expenditures that may relate to individual Board Members or Organizations that employ them.
Attachments: (1)
I.14. Approval of Claims Report D - Payroll Expenditures
Rationale:  The Board of Education is required by State Statute 79-584 to approve all expenditures of District funds.  Payroll expenditures are presented to the Board for ratification in the form of a Claims Report.  Claims Report D is a summary of payrolls processed and is presented by payroll and pay date.
Attachments: (1)
I.15. Approval of Educational Service Unit No. 19 Claims - Expenditures to be Paid from Education Service Unit's Funds
Rationale:  The Board of Education serves as the Board of Educational Service Unit 19.  The Board of Educational Service Unit 19 is required to approve all expenditures of District funds as well as funds for which the District serves as custodian.  Expenditures are presented to the Board for approval in the form of a Claims Report.  Educational Service Unit No. 19 Claims Report is a listing of all expenditures to be paid from the Education Service Unit's funds.
Attachments: (1)
I.16. Approval of Omaha School Employees Retirement System Claims - Expenditures to be paid from the OSERS's Funds
Rationale:  In keeping with the provisions of Nebraska Revised Statute section 79-981, the Board of Education is responsible for the transaction of OSERS’ business, including approval of expenditures of OSERS’ funds.   Pursuant to Nebraska Revised Statute Section 79-989, the amount of accumulated member contributions and interest earned refunded directly to individuals is not public record and these amounts have been redacted and presented in total. The Administration recommends approval of the attached claims to be paid from OSERS’ funds.
Attachments: (1)
I.17. Committee on Claims Audit Approval 4/04/2022
Rationale:  State Statue 79-584 requires the Secretary to the Board of Education to audit all accounts of the Class school district and to submit that audit to the Board of Education Audit Committee for review and approval.   The objective of the audit is to obtain and review sufficient claim documentation to determine the risk of material misstatement.   The audit methodology is set forth on the Claims Audit Report.
Attachments: (2)
I.18. Approval of Continuing Contracts for Probationary (Non-Tenured) Certificated Employees
Rationale:  In keeping with the provisions of Nebraska Revise Statute section 79-928(1), Administration recommends continuation of the contracts for the attached Probationary Certificated Employees for the 2022-23 school year.
Attachments: (1)
I.19. Approval of Gateway Elementary Permanent Sidewalk and Traffic Signal Easement
Rationale:  Policy 7000, IX A. 2. requires Board of Education to approve the sale or lease of any real estate owned by Omaha Public Schools.  Administration recommends approval of attached Right of Way Agreement and Acceptance for Permanent Sidewalk and Traffic Signal Easement requested by the City of Omaha as part of Omaha Public Works project. Under these documents, Omaha Public Schools would grant to the City of Omaha a permanent easement for the right to construct and maintain a public sidewalk and traffic signal. This land subject to the easement is approximately 200 square foot of land located at the intersection of 42nd and U street, within the parcel of land in which Gateway Elementary resides.  In exchange for this easement, OPS would receive $300 from the City of Omaha.
Attachments: (2)
I.20. Approval of the Kindergarten at the Zoo Academy Contract with the Omaha Zoological Society for Kindergarten and Pre-Kindergarten Classes in the 2022-2023 School Year
Rationale: 
  Kindergarten Teacher Pre-K Teacher
Fund 1  General 154  Title I
Program 1130  Kindergarten 3201  Early Childhood
Department 0451100 Bancroft Elementary 7192010 Elementary Education
Project N/A 420622  Title I - Early Childhood
Policy 7000 III.K., 7000 VII.A. 7000 III.K., 7000 VII.A.
Amount $61,115 $61,115

Administration recommends the approval of a one-year contract with the Omaha Zoological Society to support the Kindergarten at the Zoo Academy.  Currently, Omaha Public Schools provides staffing for two (2) kindergarten classrooms at the zoo.  For the 2022-2023 school year, Omaha Public Schools will provide staffing for one (1) kindergarten teacher and one (1) pre-kindergarten teacher.  Omaha Public Schools will provide the curriculum for the kindergarten classroom and the Zoo will provide the curriculum for the pre-kindergarten classroom.   
I.21. Approval of Memorandum of Understanding with the Omaha School Psychologist Association Regarding Extra Duty Pay for Summer School Psychologists for Summer 2022
Rationale:  The District and the Omaha School Psychologist Association (OSPA) are currently parties to a Collective Bargaining Agreement which sets the hourly rate for Psychologists.  In an effort to address the desire of the District to serve additional students the next summer who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, the District and the OSPA wish to increase that hourly rate to $45.00.  Administration recommends approval of the attached Memorandum of Understanding which has already been approved by the OSPA.  The increased summer hourly rate will remain in effect for the 2022 summer only.
I.22. Approval of Norris Middle School Permanent Sidewalk and Traffic Signal Easement
Rationale:  Policy 7000, IX A. 2. requires Board of Education to approve the sale or lease of any real estate owned by Omaha Public Schools.  Administration recommends approval of attached Right of Way Agreement and Acceptance for Permanent Sidewalk and Traffic Signal Easement requested by the City of Omaha as part of Omaha Public Works project. Under these documents, Omaha Public Schools would grant to the City of Omaha a permanent easement for the right to construct and maintain a public sidewalk and traffic signal.  This land subject to the easement is approximately 165 square foot piece of land located at the southwest corner of the intersection of 42nd and Marinda street, within a parcel of District owned right of way leading to Norris Middle School. In exchange for this easement, Omaha Public Schools would receive $250 from the City of Omaha.
I.23. Approval of Proposed Staffing Adjustments 
Rationale:  Policy 4001 and 4035 require that the election of employees shall be by action of the Board of Education upon recommendation of the Superintendent or designee.  Additionally, Policy 4008 requires that the Chief Human Resources Officer process all retirements, resignations, cancellations, contract amendments and terminations of employment making a recommendation for appropriate action to the Superintendent and Board of Education.  Therefore, the District recommends the approval of the attached Staffing Adjustments.  
Attachments: (1)
I.24. Approval to Purchase Studio Laptops, Warranties and Docking Stations from B&H Foto and Electronics (Doing Business As B&H) for Forest Station Elementary School, Pine Elementary School, Bluestem Middle School, Buena Vista High School, and Westview High School. ($104,085.30)
Rationale:  FUND:       1           General Fund
PROGRAM:    1100        Regular Instruction                      
DEPT. ID:   1911100     Forest Station Elementary School Facility $ 9,462.30
DEPT. ID:   1901100     Pine Elementary School Facility           $ 9.462.30
DEPT. ID:   8861100     Bluestem Middle School Facility           $ 9,462.30
DEPT. ID:   3631100     Buena Vista High School Facility          $37,849.20
DEPT. ID:   3691100     Westview High School Facility             $37,849.20
SUPPLIER:   2323        B&H Foto and Electronics (Doing Business As B&H)
POLICY:     Policy 7000, V., B.
AMOUNT:     $104,085.30

Administration recommends approval to purchase five (5) Studio laptops, five (5) extended warranties for Studio laptops and five (5) docking stations for Forest Station Elementary School; five (5) Studio laptops, five (5) extended warranties for Studio laptops and five (5) docking stations for Pine Elementary School; five (5) Studio laptops, five (5) extended warranties for Studio laptops and five (5) docking stations for Bluestem Middle School; twenty (20) Studio laptops, twenty (20) extended warranties for Studio laptops and twenty (20) docking stations for Buena Vista High School; and twenty (20) Studio laptops, twenty (20) extended warranties for Studio laptops and twenty (20) docking stations for Westview High School.  The Studio laptops, warranties and docking stations will be used by certified staff at each school location.   The District will be utilizing pricing on the Region 4 Education Service Center (ESC) OMNIA Contract #R201202 from B&H Foto and Electronics (Doing Business As B&H) which was competitively bid as discount off a set catalogue price in April 1, 2021. This is an exception (Policy 7000. V., B.) to normal bidding procedures. The total cost of this purchase is $104,085.30.
Attachments: (3)
I.25. Approval of Resolution 22-002 Setting Extra Duty Pay for Next Level Learning Principals, Assistant Principals, and School Social Workers for Summer 2022
Rationale:  Administration recommends approval of the attached resolution 22-002, which sets the hourly rate for Next Level Learning Principals, Assistant Principals, and Social Workers.  In an effort to address the desire of the District to serve additional students this summer who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, the District wishes to increase that hourly rate for Next Level Learning Principals to $50, Assistant Principals to $45 and Social Workers to $40.  The increased summer hourly rate will remain in effect for the 2022 summer only.
I.26. Approval of Second Amendment to the Master Services Agreement between the District and United Way of the Midlands for the Operation of the Jobs for America’s Graduates Program for the 2021-2023 School Years
Rationale:  FUND: 01 , General Fund
PROGRAM: 1100
DEPT: 7193010, Secondary Education Administrative
SUPPLIER: American Alliance for Innovative Systems
POLICY: 7000 III.K., VII.A.
AMOUNT: $110,000.00

Administration recommends approval of the Second Amendment to the Master Services Agreement between the District and United Way of the Midlands for the operation of the Jobs for America’s Graduates Program.  The District and United Way recommend adding King Science Middle School, McMillan Middle School, Buena Vista High School, Northwest High School, and South High School to the program commencing with the 2022-2023 school year at no cost to the District during the initial two years of the program and at a cost of $10,000 per site, per school year thereafter.   On April 16, 2021, the District entered into an agreement with United Way of the Midlands for the operation of the Jobs for America’s Graduates Program at Monroe Middle, Bryan Middle, Benson High and Bryan High schools at no cost to the District during the initial two years of the program and at a cost of $10,000 per site, per school year thereafter.  On July 2, 2021, the District and United Way recommended adding Nathan Hale Middle and Norris Middle schools to the program commencing with the 2021-2022 school year at no cost to the District during the initial two years of the program and at a cost of $10,000 per site, per school year thereafter.  The District will pay United Way of the Midlands $40,000 per year beginning in January 2023 for Monroe Middle School, Bryan Middle School, Nathan Hale Middle School, and Norris Middle School, an additional $20,000 per year beginning in August 2023 for Benson High and Bryan High School, and an additional $50,000 per year beginning in August 2024 for King Science Middle School, McMillan Middle School, Buena Vista High School, Northwest High School, and South High School. The additional schools result in the total cost of the agreement exceeding $50,000.  As such, the second amendment is now being presented for Board approval. 
I.27. Approval of South High School Permanent Sidewalk and Traffic Signal Easement
Rationale:  Policy 7000, IX A. 2. requires Board of Education to approve the sale or lease of any real estate owned by Omaha Public Schools.  Administration recommends approval of the attached Right of Way Agreement and Acceptance for Permanent Sidewalk and Traffic Signal Easement requested by the City of Omaha as part of Omaha Public Works project. Under these documents, Omaha Public Schools would grant to the City of Omaha a permanent easement for the right to construct and maintain a public sidewalk and traffic signal.

This land subject to the easement is approximately 29 square foot piece of land located at the South East corner of the intersection of 23rd and L street, within the parcel of land in which South High School’s Stadium resides.  In exchange for this easement, Omaha Public Schools would receive $100 from the City of Omaha.
I.28. Grant Fund Budget Awards
Attachments: (1)
I.29. Letter of Intent for Partnership between Art in the Heart of South Omaha and Omaha Public Schools to Renovate Existing Areas of South High and Construct a New Addition
Rationale:  Administration recommends that the Board of Education authorize the Board President to sign the attached letter of intent to fund the renovation of existing areas of South High School as well as the construction of approximately 68,000 square feet of new space.  The project will not only benefit those students who study and participate in the arts, it will provide South High School with a brand new, ADA Accessible, main entrance.  Art in the Heart of South Omaha estimates a total project cost of approximately $28 to $40 million based on the preliminary designs.  Administration recommends that the Board of Education provide a commitment of 25% of the project cost, not to exceed $7 million from the District, toward the project provided that Art in the Heart of South Omaha raises the balance of the funds required for the project. $2 million of the funds provided by the District will be dedicated to fixtures, furniture and equipment. The District will not be obligated to expend any funds until such time as Art in the Heart of South Omaha completes its fundraising and a funding agreement is presented to the Board for approval.
Attachments: (1)
J. Discussion and/or Action Items
J.1. Action Item(s)
J.1.a. Approval of the Report of the Legislative Committee Including Recommended Legislative Positions
Rationale:  The Legislative Committee, in keeping with the provisions of Policy 8150, recommends approval of its findings and recommendations as set forth in the attached summary of bills introduced before the Nebraska Legislature.  The summary has been prepared with the assistance of O’Hara Lindsay Government Relations and generally includes legislation which may affect the District.  The Committee continuously monitors legislative activity and may, from time to time, recommend that the Board take or update a position on a particular bill, resolution or amendment.  Committee recommendations typically include one of the following: Support, Oppose, or Monitor with Research.  In the absence of one of those recommendations, the Committee is recommending that the District take no position.  Given the fluid nature of the legislature, the Committee may need to present new bills, resolutions or amendments, including some that may not have appeared on the bill summary, to the Board for consideration.  In addition to the bill summary, the Committee, on occasion, recommends Board approval of position statements to guide the Board President and/or Superintendent when dealing with legislative debate on issues particular concern to the District that arise between Board Meetings. There are no new recommended positions in this report. 
Attachments: (1)
J.1.b. Approval of Resolution Amending the Bond Resolution Approved by the Board on March 21, 2022, to Increase the Authorized True Interest Cost From 3.5% to 4.25% for the School District’s General Obligation Bonds, Series 2022, in the Principal Amount of Not to Exceed $38,850,000
Rationale:   Administration recommends approval of the attached resolution amending the bond resolution approved by the Board on March 21, 2022, to increase the authorized true interest cost from 3.5% to 4.25% for the School District’s General Obligation Bonds, Series 2022, in the principal amount of not to exceed $38,850,000.  This recommendation is being made out of an abundance of caution given changes in market conditions since the date of approval of the original resolution.
Attachments: (1)
J.2. Information Item(s)
J.2.a. Staff Presentation on Secondary World Languages Resource Materials Adoption for Use Beginning with the 2022-2023 School Year
Rationale:  Administration has been undertaking systematic review of the District’s Secondary World Languages textbooks.  As part of that process, the District issued Request for Proposal P037-21 for secondary.  Following initial review of submissions, multiple textbooks and related materials were selected for field testing.  Administration will present a summary of its findings and recommendations based on current best instructional practices in language teaching, teacher reviews, field testing, bias reviews, and community reviews consistent with the Curriculum Development Cycle. In keeping with the provisions of Policy 6121, Administration will present its final recommendations along with negotiated agreements with the selected vendors to the Board for approval at a future meeting.
Attachments: (2)
J.2.b. College & Career Academies and Pathways Update
Rationale:  Administration will provide an update on the work occurring to support the implementation of College & Career Academies and Pathways.
Attachments: (1)
J.2.c. Policy Committee Update
Rationale:  The Chair of the Policy Committee will provide an update.
J.2.d. Recommended Code of Conduct Revisions for 2022-2023
Rationale:  Administration will provide information regarding recommended changes to the Code of Conduct for the 2022-2023 school year.   
Attachments: (4)
J.2.e. Update to Policies 1060, 5302, 5303, 5304, 5305, and 5306
Rationale:  Policy 8120 stipulates the Board of Education shall cause policies and regulations  to be revised as necessary.  Administration will provide recommended changes to Policies 1060, 5302, 5303, 5304, 5305, and 5306.
K. Receipt of Reports
K.1. Head Start Monthly Board Report February 2022
Rationale:  This document provides the Board of Education with monthly Head Start information regarding attendance and enrollment, meal counts, in-kind amounts, health requirements, policy council minutes, delegate reports, and program information summaries to maintain a communication structure to support oversight responsibilities as stated in Head Start Performance Standard 1301.2.
Attachments: (1)
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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