A review of Omaha Public Schools Board of Education meetings.

Jan. 6, 2023

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

Board Officers Elected for 2023

The Board of Education elected Spencer Head as President and Ricky Smith as Vice President. They will serve in these roles for the 2023 calendar year

Mr. Spencer Head


Mr. Ricky Smith

Vice President

Board Member Bri Full Takes Oath of Office

Ms. Bri Full took her oath of office to represent subdistrict two as a board member.

Superintendent Search Update

During the meeting last night, Shavonna Holman, Ed.D., provided an update on the superintendent search. Watch her remarks to learn more about the next steps. Open communication with our staff, families and community is a priority for Omaha Public Schools. The latest information, direct from our district will always be posted to ops.org/superintendentsearch.

 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
  • Acceptance of the Resignation of Superintendent Dr. Cheryl Logan effective June 30, 2023
  • Approval of Agreement with O’Hara Lindsey & Associates Inc. to Assist the District with Government Relations and Lobbying Representation in Lincoln, Nebraska ($3,750 per Month)
  • Approval of Amendment No. 002 to Lease Agreement with Omaha Cellular Telephone Company d/b/a Verizon Wireless for Cellular Antenna Lease beginning April 2023 through April 2028 for North High School
  • Approval to Award Bid No. 23-022 to Woodhouse Ford of Omaha for Five (5) 2022 or 2023 New and Unused ¾ Ton 4x4 Pickup Trucks with Snowplows ($278,665.00)
  • Approval to Award RFP No. P002-23 to The Auction Mill L.L.C., for Sale of Surplus Vehicles and Miscellaneous Equipment from February 2023 through January 2024
  • Approval of Change Order No. 001 for Bid No. 22-007 KIOS Transmitter System Improvements by Ray Martin Company of Omaha, Inc. (Add $69,592.00) Revised Total: $398,877.00
  • Approval to Exercise First Option to Extend Agreement with First Insurance Group LLC (formerly Harry A. Koch Co.) through December 2024 ($160,00.00)
  • Approval to Purchase VEX Robotics Kits, Materials, and Supplies for Bluestem Middle School for the 2023-2024 School Year ($88,000.00)
  • Approval of Request for Qualifications for Superintendent Search Consulting Services
  • Approval of Second Amendment to Memorandum of Understanding with Midland University for ESL Endorsement Program from August 1, 2023 to July 31, 2024 ($170,000.00)
  • Second Reading of Policies 5421, 5422, 5427, 5503, 5506, 5601, and 5700

View the entire consent agenda.

Board of Education Information Items

College & Career Academies and Pathways Update from Central High

Central 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 pathways and student opportunities.

Last year, Central implemented Freshman Academy for all students. The Freshman Academy team names represent members of the Central High School Hall of Fame. Freshman Academy sets students up for success as they transition from middle school to high school and beyond. It helps students flourish academically and as a whole-child. During students' freshman year, they select their pathway. Pathways are a sequence of four classes between sophomore and senior years that align with a student's goals for life after graduation. Central has expanded access with pathways in STEM, Leadership and Global Studies and Global Arts. Students can choose from one of the 16 pathways. 

Central held a Pathway Showcase Night where students/families could learn more about each pathway and potential opportunities after high school. Industry partners brought 3-D models of the brain, architecture plans and more to give students hands-on experience. Central staff is working on expanding students' interaction with future pathways during the 2023-24 school year.

Working with community partners has been an essential step for Central. Industry leaders collaborate with staff to develop lessons for Freshman Academy, plan field trips and host mock interviews.

Next Omaha Public Schools Board of Education Meeting

The next regularly scheduled Board Meeting is tentatively scheduled for Jan. 18, 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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