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December 16, 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 Dr. Holman, members of the board and Superintendent Dr. Logan. Tonight, for our #OPSProud spotlight, we are honored to welcome back several of the International Baccalaureate program graduates from the Central High Class of 2019. To share more about the program and our graduates, I am pleased to invite Dr. Ed Bennett, Central High principal to the podium.
 
G. Board and Superintendent Communications
G.1. Treasurer
Rationale:  The Treasurer's Report for November 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, December 2, 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 12/16/2019
Rationale:  The Committee on Claims met on 12/16/2019 and approved the audit of claims conducted by the Secretary to the Board of Education. 
Attachments: (1)
I.7. Approval of Lease with Nebraska Early Childhood Collaborative (NECC), a Nebraska nonprofit corporation, effective December 1, 2019
Rationale:  Administration recommends that the Board of Education approve the lease agreement between the District and NECC for use of the second floor of the newly constructed building as part of the 75 North Project.  The Board previously approved the funding and construction of the building as part of a separate agreement between the District, the Buffet Early Childhood Fund, Omaha Early Learning Centers, Inc. and Seventy-Five North Revitalization Corporation.  The lease will renew automatically on an annual basis and may be terminated at any time by either party.  In the event of termination by the District, the District will be obligated to repay the unamortized portion of a portion of the initial capital contribution made by the funders of the building.
Attachments: (1)
I.8. Grant Fund Budget Adjustments
Attachments: (1)
I.9. Purchase of Apple Devices For Elementary Instructional Staff
I.10. Second 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)
I.11. Special Education Contract Costs for 2019-2020
Rationale:  Annually the Special Education Division, within Curriculum and Instruction Support, negotiates and renews contracts with outside agencies for special education services that are required under Rule 51. Attached you will find: a service provider rate sheet, contracts and a contract cost sheet for your review for contracts exceeding $50,000. The contract rate sheet includes NDE approved rates for services that need to be purchased by Omaha Public Schools from outside agencies that will provide special education services to students ages birth-21. The contract cost sheet includes the agency, address, type of service the agency provides, the number of students that receive services from that agency and 2019-2020 contract rate. The sheet includes an estimate of the total cost for special education services provided by contract agencies. The rates and contracts have had legal review and are budgeted for within the upcoming school year. All providers are approved by NDE to provide special education and related services.
Attachments: (20)
I.12. Surplus Relocatable Classroom Building
Attachments: (1)
J. Discussion and/or Action Items
J.1. Action Item(s)
J.1.a. Resolution authorizing Issuance and Sale of Bonds
Rationale:  A resolution authorizing the issuance and sale of the School District's General Obligation Bonds, Series 2020, in the principal amount of not to exceed $125,000,000, authorizing the financial advisor to conduct a public sale of the bonds, authorizing the President of the Board or the Superintendent to accept the winning bid and authorizing the sale of the bonds to the successful bidder in accordance with the terms of its bid.  The resolution will also approve forms of documents relating to the bonds, including a Preliminary Official Statement, a Notice of Sale, and a Custodian, Paying Agent and Registrar's Agreement.
J.2. Information Item(s)
K. Receipt of Reports
K.1. CBOC/Phase I & Phase II Update 
 
Rationale:  Update of the Phase I & Phase II Bond Programs with regard to topics discussed in CBOC Meeting 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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