A review of Omaha Public Schools Board of Education meetings.

Jan. 24, 2023

Following each Board of Education meeting, the Office of District Communications recaps the board meeting in the Board Digest.

#OPSProud Spotlight

Nebraska Seal of Biliteracy

The #OPSProud Spotlight recognized the more than 60 Omaha Public Schools students who earned the Nebraska Seal of Biliteracy last semester. The Nebraska Seal of Biliteracy acknowledges a student achieving a high level of proficiency in English and at least one additional language. High achievement through World Language programs aligns with many attributes outlined in the Portrait of an Omaha Public Schools Graduate.

 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
  • Approval of Amendment No. 008 to the Agreement with McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. – Buena Vista High School Project – 2018 Bond Program – (Add $1,107,903.00) Revised Total $83,651,850.00
  • Approval of the Appointment of Bri Full to the Nebraska Association of School Boards (NASB) Legislation Committee
  • Approval of Change Order No. 002 for Buena Vista High School: New High School Project – 2018 Bond Program - (Neutral $0.00) Revised Total: $83,651,850.00
  • Approval of Contract with the Children’s Literacy Initiative to Support the District’s Literacy Program (2022-2023, $416,777.85 and 2023-2024, $878,237.13) 
  • Approval of a Contract Renewal with Qualtrics for the 2023-2024 School Year ($98,384.38)
  • Approval of a Partnership Agreement with Omaha Public Schools Foundation (OPSF) to Support the Project Management and Construction Partnerships of a Student-Built House Project Between 2023 and 2025
  • Approval of Settlement Agreement Between the District and the Estate of Drake Geiger, relating to Drake Geiger’s Death during Football Practice on August 10, 2021, at South High School

View the entire consent agenda.

Board of Education Action Items

Approval of the Report of the Legislative Committee Including Recommended Legislative Positions

The Board Legislative Committee updated the Board regarding where bills are currently in the Nebraska Legislature.

The committee provided recommendations for bills based on their potential impact on Omaha Public Schools. The Board approved the recommended positions.


The Board Legislative Committee will continue to monitor bills and will review any adjustments. As adjustments to bills are made, the Omaha Public Schools position may also change.

Board of Education Information Items

College & Career Academies and Pathways Update from Bryan High

Bryan High staff and a student representative provided an update on their implementation of College & Career Academies and Pathways. The team shared an overview of each of their academies and student opportunities.

Before implementing College & Career Academies and Pathways, Bryan High had two academies: Urban Agriculture Academy and Transportation, Distribution and Logistics Academy. The Urban Agriculture Academy was the first in Nebraska to receive model status. Bryan High staff used their success and lessons learned from their other academies to begin implementing wall-to-wall academies.

As part of its expansion to a wall-to-wall academy school, Bryan High focused on professional development with staff to ensure student success. They focused on building teacher capacity and providing engaging professional development, creating a collaborative space for all. By teaming teachers within their academy, students see the benefits. The academic teaming has allowed for increased collaboration opportunities for students and staff.

Partnerships with local businesses have also been essential to the expansion. Eighty-four college and career guests have visited Bryan High to work with students. They are creating exposure and hands-on learning opportunities that benefit our students.

Bryan High will launch Cambridge, an advanced education diploma, in fall 2023.

Next Omaha Public Schools Board of Education Meeting

The next regularly scheduled Board Meeting is tentatively scheduled for Feb. 6, 2023. It is tentatively scheduled to start at 6 p.m.

Board of Education Agenda

To review previous Board of Education agendas, click here. If you have trouble accessing direct links, please access the entire Board of Education Agenda to view presentations and other documents.

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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