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December 2, 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
Rationale:  The Northwest High School Color Guard 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:  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. For our #OPSProud spotlight we are happy to present the Marrs 1073A Robotics team who won the Design Award on Nov. 11. At every VEX robotics tournament, the students are judged on their engineering notebook, teamwork, and design process. The Marrs tournament on Nov. 9, had 37 middle school teams. 30 of these teams were from Omaha and 7 of them were from Kansas City. 1073A won the design award for having the best notebook and process. All of the students on the team are 8th graders and have 2 - 5 years of robotics experience. The team of four are qualified for the Nebraska State Championship held on Feb. 20 at the Strategic Air and Space Museum. To speak on the achievement, Principal Angelique Gunderson is present from Marrs Middle School to introduce Keith Kramer, the coach of the robotics team.
 
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. November 18, 2019 - Board Hearing
Attachments: (1)
I.1.b. November 18, 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 12/02/2019
Rationale:  The Committee on Claims met on 12/02/2019 and approved the audit of claims conducted by the Secretary to the Board of Education. 
Attachments: (1)
I.7. Bid # 20-007 Asbestos Removal at the Activity Center - 810 Pine Street ($101,237.00)
 
I.8. Burke HS Public Dedication Document
 
Attachments: (2)
I.9. Change Order No. 001 - 2014 Bond Program - Capital Improvements - Dodge Elementary School (Add $24,124.25)
 
Attachments: (1)
I.10. Change Order No. 006 - 2014 Bond Program - Capital Improvements & Addition - Beveridge Magnet Middle School (Deduct $88,522.48)
 
Attachments: (1)
I.11. Construction Manager at Risk Agreement - 2018 Bond Program - Lewis & Clark Middle School Capital Improvements And Renovation Project
Attachments: (1)
I.12. Consulting Services Agreement with Harry A. Koch Co.
Rationale:  The District recommends the approval of the contract extending the services of Harry A. Koch Company to provide insurance brokerage services for $75,000 a year.  Harry A Koch Company will utilize a risk management approach to address exposures and coverage design of the District’s insurance program. 
Attachments: (1)
I.13. Grant Fund Budget Adjustments
Attachments: (2)
I.14. Head Start Monthly Board Report - October
Attachments: (1)
I.15. Material Testing and Special Inspection Services - 2018 Bond Program - New High School 60th & L Street Project
I.16. Rule 4 (Textbook Loan) Request of Refund
Rationale:  Request of refund of excess funds to Nebraska Department of Education from Rule 4 (Textbook Loan) prior year allocation. Payment of $132,076.06 in excess funds currently held by Omaha Public Schools is needing to be returned to Nebraska Department of Education. The excess fund balance is a result of carry-over balances from multiple budget years. Per Rule 4 documentation, excessive carry-over balances shall be returned to Nebraska Department of Education.
I.17. School Resource Officer (SRO) Agreement 2019-2022 with Bellevue Police Department
Rationale:  The School Resource Officer(SRO) agreement is for the 19/20 school year and will expire on June 1, 2022.  Bellevue SRO's are assigned to Bryan High School and Bryan Middle School.  Both of these SRO's are full time Bellevue officers.
Pay for the Bellevue SRO's are a yearly compensation. 
19/20 = $$46,584.72    20/21 = $47,516.41     21/22 = $48,466.74
Attachments: (1)
I.18. School Resource Officer (SRO) Agreement 2019-2022 with Douglas County Sheriff
 
Rationale:  The School Resource Officer(SRO) agreement is for the 19/20 school year and will expire on June 1, 2022.  This is a change to a three year agreement.  Previous agreements have been annually.  One Douglas County SRO is assigned to Davis Middle School.  This officer is a full time Douglas County Sheriff.  Pay for the Bellevue SRO's are a yearly compensation. 
19/20 = $47,545.05    20/21 = $48,495.95    21/22 = $49,465.87
Attachments: (1)
I.19. Second Reading: Series 1000 Policies (Community Relations)
Rationale:  As part of the five year policy review cycle, Central Office Staff and the Board of Education Policy Committee have reviewed the 1000 Series (Community Relations) Policies.  No changes have been recommended.   Policies include:

1000 (Statement of Intent)
1010 (Visiting Schools)
1020 (Citizen Communication to the Board of Education)
1040 (Annual Report)
1050 (Public Access to School Records)
1070 (Cooperation with Media)
1080 (School Directory)
1100 (Community Use of School Facilities)
1101 (Use of School Facilities: Student Groups and Boy Scouts)
1110 (Bulletin Boards, Display Case, and Posted Material)
1200 (Anti -discrimination)
1250 (Designation of Coordinator)
1400 (School and Community Organizations)
1401 (Community Partnership Policy)
1402 (Use of Grants and Donations by Individual Schools for Capital Improvements)
1410 (Parent Organizations)
1450 (School Personnel and the Public)
1460 (Student Production of Goods and Services)

Policy 1120 Smoking and Use of Drugs is being updated as part of the Board Agenda under action and not included as part of this annual review. 
Attachments: (1)
I.20. Second Reading of Policies: 1120, 2500, 4430, 5305, 5402
Rationale:  The Policy Committee met on 09/20/2019 and reviewed the following polices:

1120:  Smoking and Use of Drugs, Tobacco, e-Cigarettes, Related Products
2500:  Smoking and Use of Drugs, Tobacco, e-Cigarettes, Related Products
4430:  Payment of Accumulated Sick Leave
5305:  School Dances
5402: Child Abuse and Neglect

Second Reading will be at the December 2, 2019, Board Meeting. 
I.21. Verizon Wireless Antenna Upgrade at Burke HS
Rationale:  Staff recommend that the attached amendments to the Verizon lease at 12200 Burke Boulevard by the Board of Education. Omaha Cellular Telephone Company d/b/a Verizon Wireless is in the process of upgrading its antenna and equipment on the monopole located at 12200 Burke Boulevard, Omaha,NE. The specific changes will include removing (9) antennas and (6) remote radio units (RRUS) and adding (6) antennas and (6) RRUS. Douglas County School District 0001, a Nebraska Political Subdivision ("Leassor") acknowledges receipt of a request from Omaha Cellular Telephone company d/b/a Verizon Wireless ("Leassee") to modify its equipment located on Leassor’s property pursuant to the Lease Agreement dated August 4, 2014 between Douglas County School District 0001 and Omaha Cellular Telephone company d/b/a Verizon Wireless (the "Lease"). Leassor hereby consents to the proposed modifications, as set forth in the attached Construction Drawings prepared by SSC, Location # 267199 dated October 8, 2019, last revised November 4, 2019.
 
Attachments: (3)
J. Discussion and/or Action Items
J.1. Action Item(s)
J.1.a. School Resource Officer (SRO) Agreement 2019-2022 and Associate School Resource Officer (ASRO) Agreement 2019-2020 with the Omaha Police Department
Rationale:  The School Resource Officer (SRO) agreement is for the 19/20 school year and will expire on July 31, 2022.  OPD SRO's are currently assigned to eleven of our secondary schools.  SRO's are full time OPD officers.
Pay for the SRO's are an hourly compensation to the city per their calendar union contracts.  $39.25 for the 1st semester of 19/20.  The 2nd semester of 19/20and 1st semester of 20/21 will reflect their union contract at $40.42.  This pay procedure will increase each calendar year per city/OPD union contracts.

The Associate School Resource Officer(ASRO) agreement is for the current 2019/2020 school year only.  OPD ASRO's are currently assigned to ten of our secondary schools. ASRO's are retired/part time OPD officers.  Pay for the ASRO's are an hourly compensation rate of $35 per hour.  This is the same rate that was paid by OPS for the 18/19 school year.
Attachments: (2)
J.1.b. First Reading of Policies:  5001 and 6270
Rationale:  The Policy Committee met on October 30, 2019 and recommended policies 5001 and 6270 for approval.   First reading is December 2, 2019.  Second reading will be December 16, 2019. 
Attachments: (2)
J.2. Information Item(s)
K. Receipt of Reports
K.1. First Quarter Board Travel Expenses
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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