A review of Omaha Public Schools Board of Education meetings.
Nov. 16, 2021

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

If you are having trouble accessing direct links, please click here to view the full Board of Education Agenda with presentations and other documents.
#OPSProud Spotlight
Bancroft Elementary Receives Grant-Funded STEM Lab
The #OPSProud Spotlight recognized Bancroft Elementary and a grant-funded STEM lab offering active learning opportunities for students.
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 2021-2022 Non-Resident Tuition Rate
  • Approval of the Associate School Resource Officer (ASRO) Agreement with the Omaha Police Department for the 2021-2022 School Year
  • Approval to Award RFP No. 036-21 to Stanbury Uniforms, LLC., for Band Uniforms for Westview High School ($81,806.00)
  • Approval of Change Order No. 005 for District Camera Upgrades to Kidwell Inc. at Kellom Educare, Transition Program South, North 30th Street Warehouse, Ponca Elementary School, Rose Hill Elementary School, Teacher Administration Center, Indian Hill Elementary School, Kennedy Early Learning Center, Benson High School, and Burke High School - (ADD $115,346.00) Revised Total $1,696,124.00 
  • Approval of a Contract with Kone Inc. for Repair Services and Annual Inspections of 80 Elevators and 37 Passenger Lifts from November 2021 through August 2022 with Two Optional One-Year Extensions ($78,238.75) 
  • Approval of Contract with Nebraska Machinery Company d/b/a NMC, Inc. for Repair Services and Annual Inspections of 90 Emergency Electrical Generators from November 2021 through August 2022 with Two Optional One-Year Extensions. ($108,043.68)
  • Approval for Declaration of Surplus Relocatable Classroom Buildings as of November 15, 2021
  • Approval of Head Start Reallocation Grant Extension Request for Fiscal Year 2020 ($622,171.16)
  • Approval of Omaha Public Schools Pine Creek Addition Final Platting Documents (Westview High School Site)
  • Approval to Purchase Percussion and Horn Instruments from Washington Music Sales Center, Inc. and Taylor Music, Inc., for Forest Station Elementary School, Pine Elementary School, Bluestem Middle School, Buena Vista High School, and Westview High School ($373,416.35)
  • Approval of Second Reading of Recommended Policy Updates
  • Approval of the Temporary Staffing Agreement with Hemphill Staffing Solutions, Inc. from November 1, 2021, to July 31, 2025
  • Technical Correction to the Approved Negotiated Agreement with the Operations Bargaining Unit Represented by Service Employees International Union Local 226 (Local 226) for the 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 School Years  
  • To view the entire consent agenda, click here.
Board of Education Action Items
Annual Audit Reports of the Douglas County School District #0001, Educational Service Unit No. 19, and KIOS-FM Radio
A representative from Seim Johnson L.L.P. presented for review and acceptance the 2020-2021 Annual Audit Reports for Douglas County School District #0001, Educational Service Unit No. 19, and KIOS-FM Radio. The Board approved the audits.

To view the presentation, click here.

The following documents were shared with the Board.
Board of Education Information Items
2022-2023 and 2023-2024 District Calendar Proposal
District staff provided a presentation on the proposed calendars for the 2022-23 and 2023-24 school years. Families, staff and students will receive a survey this week where they can provide feedback on the proposed calendars. Feedback collected will determine any adjustments that are made prior to being brought before the Board for final approval. The survey will remain open for feedback until midnight on Nov. 30.

Highlights of the new proposed calendars:
  • Students will begin the school year with a staggered start.
  • The start of the school year has shifted by one week returning to our traditional start time.
  • Students and staff will continue to have a full week off for Thanksgiving.
  • Students and staff will continue to have a full two-week winter break.
  • Students and staff will continue to have a full week off for Spring Break.
  • Spring Break coincides with Daylight Saving Time to help students and staff adjust.
  • All students will be off for one week for conferences. This would replace the staggered conferences from previous calendars.
  • At each level, conferences will be offered for two days of the week with one day offering evening appointments, all school staff supporting conferences will be off on Friday after supporting conferences into the evenings, and each of the days not used for conferences will be used for providing building-level professional development for staff. Conference days are balanced so school staff at each level can attend conferences themselves for any of their children at other levels.

The conference schedule would be:
  • Elementary
  • Monday and Tuesday – Conferences with evening appointments on Tuesday
  • Wednesday and Thursday – School/program based professional development
  • Middle School
  • Monday and Thursday – School/program based professional development
  • Tuesday and Wednesday – Conferences with evening appointments on Wednesday
  • High School
  • Monday and Tuesday – School/program based professional development
  • Wednesday and Thursday – Conferences with evening appointments on Thursday
  • Friday - All staff supporting conferences off

To view the presentation, click here.

To view the proposed 2022-23 calendar, click here.

To view the proposed 2023-24 calendar, click here.
Turnaround Schools Update
The Board was provided an update on the Omaha Public Schools Turnaround Model which currently supports Belvedere Elementary, Minne Lusa Elementary, and Fontenelle Elementary.

The Omaha Public Schools Turnaround Model focuses on four key areas: leadership, academics, culture and climate and operations.

Within those four areas, the Omaha Public Schools Turnaround Model works to:
  • Focus on positive relationships with students and families
  • Develop short cycle plans with identified high priority goals and actions for each school
  • Implement Multi-Tiered Systems of Supports for Academics and Behavior
  • Use Elementary Support Teams
  • Provide literacy supports for teachers and student learning
  • Create welcoming school environments for students through beautification projects
  • Facilitate professional development for teachers and leaders

Results
The turnaround schools have begun to see the results. The average percentage of students who met growth projections at the Turnaround Schools compared to similar schools in the district has increased. In addition, attendance has increased at the three schools.

Next Steps
The work of the Omaha Public Schools Turnaround Model will continue. The team is preparing the turnaround school report as well as developing a turnaround matrix for continuous improvement. The staff are also creating a guiding coalition and introducing implementation review cycles.
Important Information for
Omaha Public Schools 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 teachers' 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 Omaha Public School Board of Education Meeting
The next regularly scheduled Board Meeting is tentatively scheduled for Dec. 13. It is tentatively scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m.

Board of Education Agenda
To review previous Board of Education agendas, click here. If you are having trouble accessing direct links, please access the full 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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