A review of Omaha Public Schools Board of Education meetings. 
May 16, 2017

Following each Board of Education Meeting, the Office of District Communications recaps the board meeting in the Board Digest.
Board Digest Summer Distribution 
In an effort to allow staff to enjoy their summer vacation, the OPS Board Digest will have limited distribution throughout June and July. The OPS Board Digest will only be sent to Administrators and Supervisors during this time. The OPS Board Digest will resume normal distribution on August 8, 2017. 

We hope you enjoy your summer and we look forward to seeing you in August 2017! 
#OPSProud Spotlight- Chandler View and Northwest High Magnet Selected as 2017 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools

Chandler View Elementary and Northwest High Magnet School were selected as a 2017 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School. “Across the country, 45 schools, nine districts and nine post-secondary institutions are being honored for their innovative efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, improve health and wellness, and ensure effective sustainability education.”

Here are just a few highlights of the schools environmental projects.

Chandler View Elementary’s Ecology Club plays a vital role in reducing the school’s environmental footprint. Students manage the class and plastic recycle bins and encourage parents to sign-up to help. The club collaborates with Fontenelle Forest to harvest seeds for the annual Green Apple Day of Service. The school also has a wellness committee that sponsors a wellness night and partners with several local organizations.

At Northwest High Magnet, the school collaborated with the University of Nebraska at Omaha Service Learning and its Environmental Sustainability class to engineer and build a rain garden to capture and filter storm water runoff to help solve the problem of Omaha’s combined sewer systems. The rain garden also acts as a habitat for declining species. The rain garden project won the Nebraska state title for the “Samsung Solve for Tomorrow” contest and was featured in the National Geographic’s Next Generation Environmental Leaders online publication. On Wednesday, July 19 Chandler and Northwest will receive their awards in Washington D.C.

Board of Education Action Items
Below are the items the Board of Education approved at Monday's Board Meeting. 
Consent Agenda Items

Consent agenda items are items packaged into one agenda item. They are often routine and garner very little discussion. 

  • Administrative Appointments (see information below)
  • Designation of Depositories for School District Funds/Investments
  • Indemnification of Susan Colvin
  • Indemnification of Wesley G. Dacus
  • Apple IPads and Cart for Norris Middle School
  • Bid No. 17-047 District Computer Bags, Computer Backpacks and Computer Sleeves
  • Bid No. 17-033 Roof Replacement at Various Schools - Summer 2017
  • Bid No. 17-043 OPS 2017 Summer Portable Classroom Relocations
  • Bid No. 17-036 2014 Bond Program Generator Project Blackburn School
  • Bid No. 17-045 2014 Bond Program Capital Improvements Project Saratoga Elementary School- ILP Program
  • 2014 Bond Program Restroom Renovation Bryan Middle School
  • Design Firm Selection - Secondary Success Program Relocation Renovations
  • Certificates of Substantial Completion- Various Schools
  • Flight Simulator for Professional Flight Pathway Program Air and Space Academy - Burke High
  • District Assessment Changes and Contract Extension for the 2017-18 School Year
  • My Summer Book Bag Project- Scholastic Inc.
  • Approval of 2016-2018 School Psychologist Negotiated Agreement
  • To view an entire list of items approved on the consent agenda, please review the agenda here.
Building-Level Administrative Adjustments

The Board approved building-level administrative position adjustments on the consent agenda. The adjustments are: 

  • Jodie Emerson, current OPS Assistant Principal at King Science Middle School, will be the new Assistant Principal of Nathan Hale Middle School.
  • Langston Frison, current Assistant Principal at King Science Middle School, will be the new Assistant Principal at Beveridge Middle School.
  • Gaye Lannan, current Assistant Principal at Burke High School, will be the new Principal at Burke High School.
  • Joan Wilson, current Assistant Principal at Beveridge Middle School, will be the new Assistant Principal at Buffett Middle School.

At the May 1 Board of Education meeting, the building-level administrative position adjustments approved were: 

  • Tom Wagner, current OPS Interim Principal at Benson High School, will be the new Principal of Benson High.
  • Yano Jones, current Assistant Principal at Lincoln Public Schools, will be the new Assistant Principal at Standing Bear. 
First Reading - 2017-18 Student Code of Conduct
Dr. Tyree Sejkora provided information on recommended changes to the Student Code of Conduct for the 2017-18 school year.  The Board approved the first reading.  The second reading will be on the next regular Board Meeting Agenda. 

To view the track changes Code of Conduct, click here. 

To view a list of Code of Conduct changes, click here. 
Next OPS Board of Education Meeting
The next regularly scheduled Board of Education Meeting will take place on June 5, 2017. It is tentatively scheduled to start at 6 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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