A review of Omaha Public Schools Board of Education meetings. 
Oct. 17, 2017

Following each Board of Education Meeting, the Office of District Communications recaps the board meeting in the Board Digest.
#OPSProud Spotlight - Legion of Valor recipient
Benson High School Senior Tha Tway is among 17 Army JROTC students nationwide who received the Legion of Valor Bronze Cross for outstanding Achievement.

Cadets are chosen for the award based on leadership abilities, academics, community and school activities, and JROTC participation.

Cadet Tway is Omaha Public Schools 81st recipient of this prestigious award.
Board of Education Action Items
Consent Agenda Items
Consent agenda items are items packaged into one agenda item. They are often routine and garner very little discussion. 

  • Staff Adjustments
  • Grant Fund Budget Adjustments
  • 2017-2018 Tuition Rates for Non-Residents
  • Appointment of Shavonna Holman to Nebraska Association of School Board's (NASB) Board of Directors
  • Appointment of Tracy Casady to the Metro Area Boards of Education (MABE)
  • Schematic Design Approval - 2014 Bond Program - Hartman Elementary School
  • Schematic Design Approval - 2014 Bond Program - Columbian Elementary School
  • Schematic Design Approval - 2014 Bond Program - Boyd Elementary School
  • Change Order No. 001 - 2014 Bond Program - Access Control System Upgrades - Marrs Magnet Middle School And Minne Lusa Elementary School
  • Change Order No. 001 - 2014 Bond Program - Planning Area B - Fire, Life Safety, Security & Technology Improvements - Central Park, Dundee And Skinner Elementary School
  • Certificates of Substantial Completion - Planning Area B, Indian Hill, Marrs Middle, Minne Lusa
  • Certificate of Substantial Completion - 2014 Bond Program - OPS 2017 Summer Portable Classrooms, Various Sites
  • Bid No. P002-18 - 2014 Bond Program - 2017 Relocatable Moves Phase 2 - Various Sites
  • Affiliation Agreement Between The Sherwood Foundation®, Douglas County School District 0001 And The Omaha Public Schools Foundation
  • Resolution Authorizing Issuance and Sale of Bonds
  • Approval of the 2016-2018 Transportation Division Negotiated Agreement
  • Maintenance Agreement - 78th & Craig Street Acreage
  • OPS/Local 226 Memorandum of Understanding Relating to Contracting Out of Certain Services
  • Letter regarding management of Legal Conflicts involving the Omaha Public Schools, the Omaha Public Schools Foundation, the Sherwood Foundation and its affiliated entities the Buffett Early Childhood Fund, Educare and the Omaha Early Learning Center, Inc.
  • To view an entire list of items approved on the consent agenda, please review the agenda here.
Board of Education Information Items
Below are the items the Board of Education discussed at last night's Board of Education Meeting. 
Omaha Public Schools Principal Pipeline
At last night’s Board meeting, an update was provided regarding the principal pipeline initiative. The plan was grounded on the strategic plan principle Committed, Diverse, and Effective Teachers, Administrators and Staff. During 2016-17, the district focused on strengthening and sustaining the principal pipeline which included the following: capacity needs to support long-term sustainability, revised communication and coordination process between Executive Directors, Human Resources and Superintendent, redesigned leadership development program, recruitment plan and new principal support tools.

The principal pipeline focuses on five approaches: competencies, succession planning, leadership development and preparation, principal screening and selection and induction.  As a result of the five-prong approach, the district implemented a more rigorous and transparent principal screening and selection process, enhanced the leadership development program to better prepare candidates for leadership roles, revised the induction program and tools to support new school leaders.

The principal pipeline initiative is measured by increased student achievement and school effectiveness. As well as, vacancies filled with best fit candidates for each school, improved principal appraisal ratings that correlate with student outcomes, increased recruitment and strategic retention of effective school leaders, teachers and increased diversity of school leaders and candidate pool to mirror student population.

For a comprehensive review of the principal pipeline initiative, see the full presentation here.
Board of Education Action Items
First Reading - Policy Recommendations
Next OPS Board of Education Meeting
The next regularly scheduled Board of Education Meeting will take place on Nov. 6. It is tentatively scheduled to start at 6:00 p.m.
Board of Education Agenda
To review previous Board of Education agendas, click here.

How Can I Watch a Previous Board of Education Meeting?
The video from the meeting will be available by the Wednesday at noon following the meeting. The video can be viewed by clicking here.
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