A review of Omaha Public Schools Board of Education meetings. 
Aug. 7, 2018

Following each Board of Education Meeting, the Office of District Communications recaps the board meeting in the Board Digest.
#OPSProud Spotlight - Burks Brothers Honored for Wins at Ohio United World Wrestling Cadet Team Trials
The Burks brothers, James and Jakason, competed in and won their respective classes in the Ohio United World Wrestling Cadet Team Trials in June, qualifying them for the World Team to represent the United States at the wrestling championships in Croatia in July. This is an awesome feat for two brothers to make the World Team. Additionally, James, a senior, was also a finalist for the Omaha Sports Insider Male Athlete of the Year and a finalist for the Lincoln Journal Star Boys Multi-Sport Athlete of the Year. In July, the Burks brothers participated in the Marines Cadet/Junior High School National Championships in Fargo, North Dakota. James became an All-American by placing third in the Junior Greco-Roman Division. Jakason made history by becoming the first Nebraskan since 2010 to win the Cadet Freestyle National Championship when he won the 113 pound weight class. Furthermore, Jakason made unprecedented history for Nebraska when he was awarded the tournament’s most outstanding wrestler. We salute James and Jakason for their accomplishments. 
Board of Education Consent Agenda
Consent Agenda Items
Consent agenda items are items packaged into one agenda item. They are often routine and garner very little discussion.

The consent agenda items were:
  • Staff Adjustments
  • 2018-19 Interpreters/Transliterators Negotiated Agreement
  • Proposal - Roof Coating - Adams Elementary
  • Proposal - Skylight Replacement - Marrs Middle School
  • Change Order No. 001 - Generator Installation - Distribution Center
  • Change Order No. 001 - 2014 Bond Program - Replacement School - Belle Ryan Elementary School
  • Amendment No. 003 to the Agreement with McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. - 2014 Bond Program - Beveridge Magnet Middle School
  • OPS Consulting Agreement with Monica A. McCarthy
  • Easement and Lease Retention Agreement with 3200 North 30th, L.L.C. and Seventy-Five North Revitalization Corporation - Early Learning Center at Kennedy Elementary School
  • Phase II Bond Program Management Services
  • Organizational Chart Changes
  • Resolution in Support of #BeKind Day
  • Appointment of Ricky Smith to Nebraska Association of School Board's (NASB) Board of Directors
  • Ratification and Adoption of Omaha School Administrators Association Guidelines, Effective August 1, 2018
  • Implementation of Last, Best and Final Offer for the Transportation Bargaining Unit represented by SEIU Local 226, effective August 1, 2018
  • Implementation of Last, Best and Final Offer for the Paraprofessional Bargaining Unit represented by SEIU Local 226, effective August 1, 2018
  • Implementation of Last, Best and Final Offer for the Nutrition Bargaining Unit represented by SEIU Local 226, effective August 1, 2018
  • Implementation of Last, Best and Final Offer for the Office Personnel Bargaining Unit represented by SEIU Local 226, effective August 1, 2018
  • Implementation of Last, Best and Final Offer for the Operations Bargaining Unit represented by SEIU Local 226, effective August 1, 2018
  • To view the entire consent agenda, click here.
Jacobs Selected for Phase 2 Bond Program Management Services
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As part of the consent agenda, Jacobs was unanimously selected to provide Phase 2 Bond Program Management Services. Jacobs was chosen after a team of District staff members completed a thorough Request for Proposal (RFP) process.

OPS received seven Request for Proposal (RFP) documents for Bond Program Management Services. The team scored the seven proposals and the top three scoring companies were selected to be interviewed by the team. Interviews included a formal presentation by each of the companies and a period of questions and answers. The presentations were then once again scored.

The evaluation team’s recommendation for Phase 2 Bond Program Management Services was to award the program management services to Jacobs Project Management Company. Next steps will be shared in the weeks to come as planning begins for the execution of phase 2 bond work.

To review the Phase 2 Bond Program Management Services presentation, click here.
Information Items
2018-19 Budget Workshop
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At the Board Meeting, Chief Financial Officer Connie Knoche shared an overview of the preliminary 2018-19 budget. The anticipated general fund revenues are approximately $594 million. The 2018-19 estimated expenditures are approximately $613 million. The additional funds needed to balance the budget will come from a planned drawdown of the unrestricted fund balance.

The budget includes the previously recommended cuts of approximately $29 million. The bulk of those cuts were made at the central office. The total cuts from central office included $13.4 million and approximately 60 full-time employee positions.

The budget planning process will include studying the following areas for assessing efficiencies that could save the district money:
  • Eliminate Extended Day/Year Programs
  • Transportation efficiencies
  • Cell phone stipends
  • Out-Source Secondary Success
  • Shut Down Central Office for 1 week
  • Non-Classroom certificated staff reductions
  • Magnet Programs at all levels
  • Pension Plan path forward
  • Summer School

The budget development timeline is below.

Budget Development Timeline
Aug. 20 - Assessed Valuation Certifications
Aug. 27 - Publication of Budget Hearing Forms
Sept. 5 - Budget Hearing and Adoption
Sept. 20 - Budget Filing Deadline
Oct. 12 - Resolution Setting Property Tax

To view the entire presentation, click here.

To view the additional handout, click here.
Next OPS Board of Education Meeting
The next regularly scheduled Board Meeting will take place on August 20. 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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