A review of Omaha Public Schools Board of Education meetings. 
Feb. 22, 2018

Following each Board of Education Meeting, the Office of District Communications recaps the board meeting in the Board Digest.
#OPSProud Spotlight - King Science and Technology Magnet Science Bowl Team
In February, The King Science and Technology Magnet Science Bowl Team won the Regional Science Bowl competition. T eams of young scientists from all over Nebraska gathered at Wayne State College for the Nebraska Science Bowls. The science bowl, which is funded by the Department of Energy tests students on questions dealing with science, math, physics and biology. We congratulate the team which includes Achilles Bridgford, Peter Sukstorf, Zack Alhejaj, Jackson Hatcher and Coach Kubik.  
Superintendent Communications
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Below are the items the Superintendent addressed at the Board of Education meeting:

  • The U.S.S. Omaha was recently dedicated in San Diego. A celebration ceremony was held in Omaha on Feb. 12. The Central High Choir sang at the ceremony and a drawing of the U.S.S. Omaha from Edison Elementary student Charlotte Gallup was featured.
  • A message was sent to all staff and families regarding OPS safety protocols and review after last week's incident in Parkland, Fla.
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
  • Certificate of Substantial Completion Blackburn School
  • Amendment No. 001-2014 Bond Program - Agreement with Hausmann Construction, Inc. - Bryan Middle Renovation Project
  • Amendment No. 001- 2014 Bond Program - Agreement with Hausmann Construction, Inc. - Bryan High School Renovation Project
  • Bid No. 18-014 Network Switches and Wireless Access Points
  • Bid No. P004-18 KIOS Renovations- Teacher Administration Center
  • Bid No. 18-017 Running Track Resurfacing- Northwest High School
  • District Annual Order General Science Supplies 2018-2019
  • Supplemental Reading Resource Expansion (Grades k-2) - Heineman Publishing, Pacific Learning, Inc., and Estrellita
  • State Track Meet General Liability Insurance
  • To view the entire consent agenda, click here.
Board of Education Action Items
Below are the items the Board of Education discussed at last night's Board of Education Meeting. 
To Submit to the Qualified Electors of the District a Resolution Relating to the Issuance of Bonds by the District
At the Board of Education meeting, the Board of Education approved the resolution to move forward with the $409.9 million Phase II Bond. The resolution includes the language that will appear on the election ballot.

The Phase II bond will help ensure needed renovations, alleviate capacity issues some schools are experiencing and address population growth that continues to trend upwards (includes construction of two new high schools, two elementary schools and one middle school).
  
The OPS community will vote on Phase II Bond on May 15, 2018.
 
To review the resolution, click here.

For more information on the Phase II Bond, click here.
Bid No. 18-015 - 2014 Bond Program - Columbian Elementary School: Replacement School Project
Last night, the Board of Education approved to move forward with Hausmann Construction, Inc. as contractor for the Columbian Elementary Replacement project.

To view the bid information, click here.
Legislative Update
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The legislative committee shared that at this time, there are no updates to the legislative matrix.

All legislative members had to identify their priority bills by Feb. 20 and committees by Feb. 21. This is important because due to the short session, it is unlikely that non-priority bills will be discussed.

The OPS Board Legislative Committee continues to monitor
bills and will review any adjustments to bills. As adjustments to bills are made, the OPS position may change as well. 

To view the current 2018 Board Comprehensive Legislative Position Statement Matrix, click here.
Important Information for Staff
Budget Advisory Committee Update
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The Budget Advisory Committee met for its second meeting Feb. 15, 2018. The committee discussed the district’s current revenues and expenditures as well as preliminary budget projections from the state, which are expected to come in at approximately $11 million less for the 2018-2019 school year. Additionally, the committee discussed the approximately $16 million that will need to be cut to manage the unfunded liability portion of the district’s retirement system, OSERS.

The committee discussed additional budgeting challenges the district is currently facing, including enrollment increases of approximately 1,306 students within the past year, without additional funding, state textbook adoption requirements, estimated at $10 million and anticipated cost of living increases for staff to name a few. To review the full presentation from the meeting, please visit: openbook.ops.org
 
The committee explored discussion around potential next steps regarding budget cuts, including the budget cutting philosophy the group should consider as well as the manner in which the committee might explore budget cutting priorities.
 
The committee’s next meeting will take place Thursday, March 22 at 6 p.m.
Next OPS Board of Education Meeting
The next regularly scheduled Board Meeting will take place on March 5. 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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