A review of Omaha Public Schools Board of Education meetings.

Nov. 15, 2022

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

#OPSProud Spotlight

NSAA Believers and Achievers

The #OPSProud Spotlight recognized Tommy Vasquez (Burke High) and Aaliyah Farmer (North High), who were recently named Nebraska School Activities Association (NSAA) Believers and Achievers for 2022-23. According to the NSAA, "Believers & Achievers was designed to reward high school students in Nebraska for their excellence in academics and participation in NSAA activities."

 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 2022-23 Non-Resident Tuition Rate
  • Acceptance of the Certificate of Substantial Completion for Morton Middle School: Capital Improvements & New Addition Project – 2018 Bond Program
  • Approval for Amendment No. 002 to Option and Lease Agreement with Sprint Spectrum Realty Company, LLC for Cellular Antenna Lease and Equipment Upgrades – Central Park Elementary School
  • Approval of the Annual Participant Interlocal Agreement with the Learning Community of Douglas and Sarpy Counties for the 2022-2023 School Year ($420,678.00)
  • Approval to Award Bid No. 23-005 to Truck Center Companies for Ten (10) New and Unused Current Year or Newer Fourteen Passenger Type A Buses ($836,300.00)
  • Approval to Award Bid No. 23-006 and Contract to Downs Electric, Inc for Hydration Stations - Project I, at Multiple Buildings, Winter of 2022 ($535,050.00)
  • Approval to Award Bid No. 23-009 to AKRS Equipment Solutions for Mowers and Related Equipment ($485,634.41)
  • Approval to Award Bid No. 23-010 to EAI Education and School Specialty, LLC. for Math Manipulatives 2022 ($194,785.09)
  • Approval for Omaha Electrical Service, Inc. to complete electrical and data infrastructure HUDL Camera and Equipment Installation at All District High School Main Gymnasiums ($79,518.03)
  • Approval of Change Order No. 001 for Bid No. 22-047 Wilson Focus School Drainage Improvement by National Concrete Cutting, Inc. (Add $15,667.00) Revised Total: $305,667.00
  • Approval of an Option Year to Extend the Contract for One Year with Medical Enterprises, Inc. for Drug & Alcohol Testing and Employee Physical Examinations, per Bid No. 21-041 ($100,000.00)
  • Approval to Purchase Additional German Level 1 World Language Textbooks from Vista Higher Learning for South High School ($1,930.95)
  • Approval to Purchase Read180/System44 Licenses and Materials for Reading Intervention at Bluestem Middle School for the 2023-2024 School Year ($45,650.56)
  • Approval of School Agreements with Walsworth Publishing Company, Inc. for Yearbook Contracts for the 2022-2023 School Year ($7,100.00)
  • Approval of a Three-Year Agreement with PowerSchool to Provide Applicant Tracking, Records, and Performance Management Software through June 2025 ($440,964.88)
  • Engagement of Perry, Guthery, Haase & Gessford, P.C., L.L.O. to Assist the District with Defense of a Potential Tort Claim

View the entire consent agenda.

Board of Education Action Items

Academic Support and Tutoring

As part of our district's commitment to support students with unfinished learning, our Board approved expanded Academic Tutoring and Support options for students last night. Students and families can now receive academic support in three ways: from school staff (school based in-person), through partnerships with our community partners (community based in-person) and online on-demand services.

School based tutoring began in October. Staff have worked with families to identify students who may benefit from the additional support. Families interested in this service should reach out to their child's teacher.

District partners Omaha Public Schools Foundation Kids Club and Collective for Youth will provide community-based services. Students enrolled in those programs may participate. Omaha Public Schools will provide training, support and materials for community based tutoring staff. These services will tentatively begin in December and expand as more tutors are available.

Our staff will immediately begin working to implement the online on-demand tutoring services provided by Paper. Our goal is to roll out via soft launch in the coming weeks. The official launch will be Jan. 2023. Once rolled out, students in grades 3-12 can connect to a tutor via a chat-based interface. Our students can access the service through Clever integration seven days a week until 10 p.m.

The items the Board approved related to Academic Support and Tutoring are:

  • Approval to Award of Request for Proposal P010-23 to­­­­ Paper Education America, Inc. for On-Line Tutoring & Practice Services for K–12th Grade ($928,225.00)
  • Approval of Agreement with Collective for Youth for Tutoring Services
  • Approval of Agreement with Omaha Public Schools Foundation Kids Club (“OPSF Kids Club”) for Tutoring Services

Approval of Resolution 22-006 Appointing Shane Rhian to Serve as Administrator of the Omaha School Employees Retirement System (OSERS)

Shane Rhian was approved as the administrator of Omaha School Employees Retirement System (OSERS). He will serve as Chief Financial Officer and OSERS administrator until the transfer of day-to-day management of OSERS is transferred to the Nebraska Public Employees Retirement Board, or PERB, in 2024. Shane is taking over for Cecilia Carter, who recently retired. 

Update to Policies 5408, 5419, 5420, 5424, 5426, 5501 and 5504

Board of Education members approved the first reading of the proposed updates to the following district policies:

5408 - Health Screening

5419 - Student Privacy Protection

5420 - Dating Violence

5424 - Elementary School Uniforms

5426 - Student Data

5501 - Bus Transportation

5504 - Special Education Transportation


Policy updates will come before the Board at future meetings for second reading.

Next Omaha Public Schools Board of Education Meeting

The next regularly scheduled Board Meeting is tentatively scheduled for Nov. 28, 2022. 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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