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January 23, 2020 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 Board President Snow, Vice President Dr. Holman, Members of the Board and Superintendent Dr. Logan. For our #OPSProud spotlight, we are happy to present Principal Varas from Crestridge Elementary School as she presents her talented competitors who earned recognition for excellence in math.
 
G. Board and Superintendent Communications
G.1. Treasurer
Rationale:  The Treasurer's Report for December 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, January 6, 2020 - Regular Meeting
Attachments: (1)
I.2. Agreement with YMCA of Greater Omaha  
Rationale:  In keeping with the letter of intent dated February 5, 2018, which was approved by the Board of Education in anticipation of the 2018 bond issue, the Administration recommends approval of the attached agreement between the District and the Young Men's Christian Association of Greater Omaha, a Nebraska non-profit corporation, doing business as YMCA of Greater Omaha for the construction of a YMCA as part of the new high school located at 156th and Ida Streets.  The YMCA will contribute $8.5 million during construction of the high school to compensate the District for the increased cost of designing and constructing the YMCA facilities.  The YMCA will contribute an additional $1 million in the form of furniture and equipment for the YMCA Exclusive Use Areas and for the YMCA and District Shared Use Areas.  The YMCA will pay the District $162,000 per year, with annual increases tied to the Consumer Price Index, for Operating Expenses related to the Exclusive and Shared Use Areas.  The YMCA and the District have also agreed to the allocation of future capital expenses.  In exchange, the District will permit the YMCA to utilize the Exclusive and Shared Use Areas for a period of 50 years.  The District may terminate the Agreement at any time subject to a sliding scale of repayment to the YMCA of its initial $8.5 million contribution.  
 
I.3. Appointment of Tracy Casady to Nebraska Association of School Board's (NASB) Board of Directors
Rationale:  The President and Vice President recommend to the Board of Education the appointment of Tracy Casady to Nebraska Association of School Board's (NASB) Board of Directors.
I.4. Change Order No. 001 - 2018 Bond Program - Capital Improvements & Renovation - Burke High School
Attachments: (1)
I.5. 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.6. 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.7. 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.8. Committee on Claims Audit Approval 01/23/2020
Rationale:  The Committee on Claims met on 01/23/2020 and approved the audit of claims conducted by the Secretary to the Board of Education. 
Attachments: (1)
I.9. Consulting Agreement with Council of Great City Schools (CGCS) for an audit of the District's Special Education Practices  
Rationale:  The Council of Great City Schools shall provide OPS with consulting services, including but not limited to, providing an audit of the Special Education Practices of the Omaha Public Schools. 
Attachments: (1)
I.10. Grant Fund Budget Adjustments
Attachments: (1)
I.11. Staff Adjustments
Attachments: (1)
I.12. Temporary Construction Easement, Dundee Elementary
Attachments: (2)
J. Discussion and/or Action Items
J.1. Information Item(s)
J.1.a. Strategic Plan 
Rationale:  Following a comprehensive review of the District and more than 680 hours of input from stakeholders, Superintendent Dr. Cheryl Logan will present the Omaha Public Schools Strategic Plan of Action - powered by Foresight.
 
Attachments: (1)
J.2. Action Item(s)
J.2.a. Legislative Update
Rationale:  The Board may vote on any items presented by the Legislative Committee and any bill currently in front of the Nebraska Legislature.
Attachments: (1)
J.2.b. Bid No. 20-011 - Lease For Fiber Optic Lines For Wide Area Network (WAN) Services
K. Receipt of Reports
K.1. 2018-2019 Attendance Report 
Attachments: (1)
K.2. 2019-2020 District Class Sizes 
Attachments: (1)
K.3. 2019-2020 Free and Reduced Lunch Report
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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