A review of Omaha Public Schools Board of Education meetings. 
Oct. 3, 2017

Following each Board of Education Meeting, the Office of District Communications recaps the board meeting in the Board Digest.
#OPSProud Spotlight - Standing Bear Elementary
The Omaha World Herald held its second annual Omaha’s Choice Awards this summer. In August, we recognized Florence Elementary and Central High School for being ranked in the top three for Omaha's Choice in the education category.

Community members had the opportunity to go online and vote for their favorite businesses and/or organizations in more than 200 categories.

At Monday night's board meeting, Standing Bear Elementary was recognized for being voted the best K-8 public school in Omaha.
Board and Superintendent Communications
Below are the items the Superintendent addressed at the Board of Education meeting:
  • Sunny Slope Elementary will hold its ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday, Oct. 5 at 2 p.m.
  • The film Seeds of Hope is now available to watch online. Seeds of Hope, a Nebraska Loves Public Schools production, explores how schools welcome and educate immigrant and refugee families as they start their lives over in America. The film features Kellom, Northwest and the Yates Center. Click here to watch.
  • The District Citizens Advisory Committee will hold its meetings at Northwest High School. The next meeting is on Tuesday, Oct. 10 at 6:30 p.m. Community members throughout the city serve as an advisory and information-sharing council to the Superintendent. Meetings throughout the school year keep the community informed on key issues occurring in the District. Click here to view the schedule.
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
  • Resolution Regarding Dundee Crosswalks
  • Construction Documents Approval - 2014 Bond Program - 32nd & Burt Street New Elementary School
  • Certificate of Substantial Completion - 2014 Bond Program - Capital Improvements - Crestridge Elementary
  • Change Order No.001 - 2014 Bond Program - Capital Improvements - Burke High
  • Construction Manager At Risk Firm Selection - 2014 Bond Program - Hale Middle School
  • Change Order No. 002 - 2014 Bond Program - Planning Area A, Package #1 - Fire, Life Safety and Security Improvements Beals, Castelar, Chandler View And Jackson Elementary Schools
  • OPS Auction Financial Results
  • Head Start Monthly Board Report
  • Bid No. 17-068 Chiller Replacement - Lewis & Clark Middle School
  • Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Title I, Part A - Grant
  • Early Childhood Services Agreements
  • Wortman Settlement Agreement
  • OPS/Local 226 Memorandum of Understanding Relating to Contracting Out of Certain Services
  • To view an entire list of items approved on the consent agenda, please review the agenda here.
Phase II Bond
At last night’s board meeting the Board of Education approved moving forward with developing a plan, community engagement and developing the scope of work for a Phase II bond. The purpose of a Phase 2 Bond Issue will be to address capital improvements, additions and renovations in designated existing facilities as well as educational specifications, planning and construction of new facilities, including two elementary schools, one middle school, and two high schools. The estimated total cost for Phase 2 is approximately $399.8 million. 

The next steps include developing details for the scope of work, developing a timeline and determining costs. The deadline to pursue a potential ballot initiative for May 2018 is in March. Placing the bond on the ballot would require a separate vote from the Board.
Board of Education Information Items
Below are the items the Board of Education discussed at last night's Board of Education Meeting. 
Citizen's Bond Oversight Committee/Phase 1 Bond Program Update
Jacobs and a representative of the Citizen’s Bond Oversight Committee (CBOC) provided the Board of Education with an update on the 2014 Bond Program. The current $421 million dollar bond program is on-time and on budget. There are a total of 83 projects; seven are in design, one is in the bid/award process, 18 are under construction, 23 are in closeout and 33 projects are completed.

To review the presentation, click here . For additional updates on the bond program, you can also visit bond.ops.org .
Committees of the Board Update
Superintendent Search Committee

The application for the Superintendent Search is now open and will close on Jan. 5, 2018. Click here for more information regarding the Superintendent Search.
Policy Updates
Next OPS Board of Education Meeting
The next regularly scheduled Board of Education Meeting will take place on Oct. 16. It is tentatively scheduled to start at 6:30 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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