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January 5, 2015 at 6:30 PM - Omaha Public Schools Board of Education and Educational Service Unit 19 Board Meeting

Agenda
A. Committee on Claims Audit Approval (01/21/15)
Rationale:  The Committee on Claims met on 01/21/2015 and approved the audit of claims conducted by the Secretary to the Board of Education. 
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 your 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
Rationale:  Led by
D. Roll Call
D.1. Excused/Unexcused Absence
E. School Spotlight
Rationale:  Benson is making history:  three students signed letters of intent this semester to play division-one college athletics:  Mileah McKelvy, Simone Goods, and Kianna Ibis.  It’s the first time in school history that three different students have signed with major-college athletic programs all in the same academic year.  Mileah signed with Creighton for softball, Simone signed with Western Kentucky for basketball, and Kianna signed with Arizona State for basketball.  Congratulations!

F. Board and Superintendent Communications
F.1. Superintendent
Attachments: (1)
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. Monday, December 15, 2014 - Regular Meeting
Attachments: (1)
H.2. Staff Adjustments
Attachments: (1)
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
Attachments: (1)
H.4. CLAIMS - SCHOOL DISTRICT OF OMAHA - REPORT B
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 B
Attachments: (1)
H.5. 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: (1)
H.6. Committee on Claims Audit Approval (12/1/14)
Rationale:  The Committee on Claims met on 01/05/2015 and approved the audit of claims conducted by the Secretary to the Board of Education. 
Attachments: (1)
H.7. Committee on Claims Audit Approval (1/5/15)
Rationale:  The Committee on Claims met on 01/05/2015 and approved the audit of claims conducted by the Secretary to the Board of Education. 
Attachments: (1)
H.8. Omaha Schools Foundation-Grant Applications
Rationale:  Approval by the OPS Board is requested for the attached classroom grants reviewed by the OSF Grants Committee, OPS Department of Curriculum Instruction and Assessment and OSF Board of Directors
Attachments: (1)
H.9. GRANT FUND BUDGET ADJUSTMENTS
Rationale:  GRANT FUND BUDGET ADJUSTMENTS

REIMBURSABLE GRANT FUND BUDGET ADJUSTMENT

It is recommended that the receipts and expenditures of the detailed grant fund budget for the 2014-2015 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 2014-2015 budgets are available for review in the Board Workroom.

 

1.   SHERWOOD FOUNDATION GRANTS

    

These budget amendments in the amount of $226,879.00 are for the period beginning September 1, 2014, and ending August 31, 2015.  These amendments represent only that part of the budget that will be expended during the 2014-2015 school year for new programs from the Sherwood Foundation.

 

     This program is 100% reimbursable.

 

2.   GRANTS LESS THAN $10,000

    

These budget amendments in the amount of $892.00 are for the period beginning September 1, 2014, and ending August 31, 2015.  These amendments represent only that part of the budget that will be expended during the 2014-2015 school year for various Grants less than $10,000.

 

     This program is 100% reimbursable.

 

 

Attachments: (1)
H.10. Letter of Interest 75 North
H.11. DOUGLAS COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT 0001 HEAD START-November 2014
Rationale:  The monthly Douglas County School District 0001 Head Start Governing Body Report for November 2014 is provided as an attachment in accordance with the 2007 Head Start Act.
Attachments: (1)
I. Discussion and/or Action Items
I.1. Information Item(s)
I.1.a. Stadium Improvements – Burke High School
Rationale: 

Representatives from Burke High Alumni, Burke High staff and District staff along with Holland Basham Architects will present information regarding plans for proposed future improvements to the stadium at Burke High School.

I.1.b. Bond Financing Update
Rationale:  Information will be provided by the Bond Financing team regarding the actions taken thus far to prepare for the sale of voter approved bonds for the renovation and construction of district school facilities.  Included will be preparations underway for the issuance of the Preliminary Official Statement, rating agency reviews, projected sale timeline and amounts to be issued based upon construction needs, alternatives for the sale and actions required by the Board prior to the sale.
Attachments: (1)
I.1.c. Poverty Allowance Reporting
Rationale:  Changes in the reporting requirements on the District’s Annual Finance Report for expenditures related to educating children in poverty have been recommended to the Nebraska Department of Education.   These changes were preliminarily approved by NDE staff and auditors.  Staff will provide a short presentation regarding the change in format which should reduce the time required for building administrators to report these poverty expenditures,  increase the reported expenditures and thus increase the poverty allowance provided to the district and eventually state aid.
Attachments: (2)
I.2. Action Item(s)
I.2.a. Legislation Positions
Rationale:  The Board of Education will vote and/or discuss the list of legislative positions.
Attachments: (2)
I.2.b. First Reading - 3000 Policies
Attachments: (54)
J. Receipt of Reports
J.1. GOALS Center - Community Advisory Board
Attachments: (3)
K. 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.

 
L. Election of Officers
Rationale:  Prior to Election of Officers, Ms. Megan Neiles-Brasch will review the proper legal procedures for conducting the election of officers.
M. Adjournment

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