A review of Omaha Public Schools Board of Education meetings. 
Feb 6, 2018

Following each Board of Education Meeting, the Office of District Communications recaps the board meeting in the Board Digest.
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
  • Change Order No. 005- 2014 Bond Program- Capital Improvements - Northwest High Magnet School
  • Amendment No. 001 To The Agreement with Sampson Construction Company- Central High School East Addition
  • Bid No. 18-009 Vehicles- Five (5) Type A Buses
  • Engagement of Perry Guthery, Haase & Gessford, P.C., L.L.O.
  • Re-appointment of Lou Ann Goding to the NASB Legislation Committee
  • 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. 
Superintendent's Contract Approved - Dr. Cheryl Logan
Last night, the Board of Education approved the contract of Dr. Cheryl Logan to be the next superintendent of Omaha Public Schools. She will begin her position on July 1, 2018.

To view the entire contract, click here.
Phase II Bond Plan Approved
At the Board of Education meeting, Jacobs presented the final Bond II proposal. The Board approved the proposal of $409.9 million. 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 next steps will be for legal counsel and OPS staff to draft the official ballot language for board approval.
The OPS community will vote on Bond Phase II on May 15, 2018.
To review the final proposal and timeline, click here.
Early Learning Center at Kennedy Elementary School
Members of Curriculum, Instruction and Support and Howard Kennedy's Principal shared information with the Board regarding the Early Learning Center at Kennedy Elementary. This is a partnership between OPS, Buffett Early Childhood Fund, Omaha Early Learning Centers Inc.and Seventy-Five North Revitalization Corporation.

Research shows that students who receive quality early childhood resources are more likely to do better in school. Currently OPS has capacity to provide services for 25 percent of the 3 and 4 year-olds living in the district. This project helps expand those opportunities. This project will provide early education opportunities for approximately 164 students from birth to 5 at Kennedy Elementary.

The Board approved moving forward with this project.
Legislative Update
The legislative committee shared that at this time, there are no updates to the legislative matrix.

All legislative members have to identify their priority bills by Feb. 20. 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.
Board of Education Information Items
District Initiatives Related to Energy Controls
In pursuit of resource conservation and cost-effective management, the Green Schools Initiative of the Omaha Public Schools is a program designed to guide reduction of consumption via attention to multiple categories of energy usage, water consumption, emissions, recycling and waste reduction.

OPS staff and members of TRANE Energy Services presented an overview to the Board on services, training, analysis and savings specifically related to energy management within district facilities.

To view the board presentation, click here.
Next OPS Board of Education Meeting
The next regularly scheduled Board Meeting will take place on Feb. 21. 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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