A review of Omaha Public Schools Board of Education meetings. 
Jan. 24, 2020

Following each Board of Education meeting, the Office of District Communications recaps the board meeting in the Board Digest.
#OPSProud Spotlight - Fermi Math Competitors
Students from Crestridge Magnet Elementary and McMillan Magnet Middle School were recognized for placing in the first semester Fermi Math Competition. Both teams placed first in their respective age category. The students will now compete at the UNO Math Day in the spring.
Board of Education Consent Agenda
Consent Agenda Items
Consent agenda items are packaged into one agenda item. They are often routine and garner very little discussion.

The consent agenda items were:
  • Staff Adjustments
  • Agreement with YMCA of Greater Omaha  
  • Appointment of Tracy Casady to Nebraska Association of School Board's (NASB) Board of Directors
  • Change Order No. 001 - 2018 Bond Program - Capital Improvements & Renovation - Burke High School
  • Consulting Agreement with Council of Great City Schools (CGCS) for an audit of the District's Special Education Practices  
  • Temporary Construction Easement, Dundee Elementary
  • To view the entire agenda, click here.
Board of Education Information Items
Strategic Plan of Action
powered by Foresight
Dr. Cheryl Logan provided the Board with the Strategic Plan of Action powered by Foresight.

The development of the Strategic Plan of Action was done through a comprehensive review of the District that included F utures Labs, a financial audit, a comprehensive literacy review and an audit of current high school programming. More than 680 hours of input from stakeholders were used in the process.

The Strategic Plan of Action identifies what a portrait of an OPS graduate should look like in the future. It also outlines the shared and owned values of our organization which are Equity, Results, Leadership, Accountability and Joy.

The Strategic Plan of Action priorities are:
  • Priority 1: Academics
  • Priority 2: Staff
  • Priority 3: Financial Accountability
  • Priority 4: Ethic of Care

The Board will be provided with updates on the progress twice a year from appropriate departments. Goals and action steps will be reviewed every 18 months to ensure they are still aligned with what the District strives to accomplish.

The Strategic Plan of Action will go before the Board for approval at a future meeting.

To review the Strategic Plan of Action, click here.
Board of Education Action Items
Legislative Update
Updates were provided regarding LB 974 which is a bill that lowers property tax valuations for schools and changes the TEEOSA formula. The Board voted to approve the current matrix.

The legislative committee will be meeting in the coming days to review all pending legislation that may impact Omaha Public Schools.

To review the approved Legislative Position Statement Matrix, click here.
Bid No. 20-011 - Lease for Fiber Optic Lines for Wide Area Network (WAN) Services
The Board of Education approved the bid for a lease of fiber optic lines for the Wide Area Network. This solution is a cost savings over what the district is currently paying, provides greater transmission speeds and allows for growth in the future.

To review the explanation, click here.
Receipt of Reports
Important Information for OPS Staff
CHI Health and Omaha Public Schools partner to honor teachers across the district
CHI Health wants nominations of Omaha Public Schools teachers changing the lives of students. Each month, they’ll surprise a Top Teacher nominee with a treat basket for the teacher's lounge and a personal gift card. CHI will draw winners on the last Friday of the month. CHI Health will select winners from three different grade levels across the district.
Anyone can nominate a Top Teacher at  CHIhealth.com/TopTeachers .
Next OPS Board of Education Meeting
The next regularly scheduled Board Meeting will take place on Feb. 3. 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 Wednesday at noon following the meeting. The video can be viewed by clicking here.
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