A review of Omaha Public Schools Board of Education meetings.

Nov. 29, 2022

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

#OPSProud Spotlight

Nebraska Art Teachers Association Award Recipients

The #OPSProud Spotlight celebrates Omaha Public Schools educators recognized by the Nebraska Art Teachers Association:

  • Joe Bristol (not pictured), Outstanding Art Educator of the Year - Wakonda and Edison Elementaries
  • Lindsay Hueftle, Elementary Art Educator of the Year - Prairie Wind Elementary
  • Ryan Deike, Middle-Level Art Educator of the Year - Marrs Middle

 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 to Award Bid No. 23-007 to Phoenix Contracting LLC., for Band Trailers ($143,395.00)
  • Approval to Award Bid No. P008-23 and Contract to MMC Mechanical Contractors, Inc. Company of Omaha for Rose Hill Elementary School and Belvedere Elementary School Cooling Tower Additions, Summer of 2023 ($1,230,560.00)
  • Approval of Change Order No. 003 for Highland Elementary School: Capital Improvements & Renovation Project – 2018 Bond Program - (Deduct $194,962.72) Revised Total: $5,366,517.53
  • Approval of Educational & Schematic Design for Addition to Benson High School to Include a New Entrance and Spaces for Students to Access Basic Healthcare, Mental Health Services, and HealthCare Education Opportunities
  •  Approval of Final Extension of Agreement with Simplified Office Solutions Inc., per Bid No. 19-001 for Replacement Copiers, Parts, and Consumables from January 1, 2023, through December 31, 2023 ($237,520.17)
  • Approval of the First Amendment with Lion's Gate Security Solutions, Inc. for Screening Services and Substitute Security Guard Services for the 2022-2023 School Year 
  • Approval to Purchase 560 TV Stands from KC Audio Visual for Use in Secondary Classrooms ($152,443.20)
  • Approval to Purchase 594 Apple TVs and 699 HDMI Cables from Apple, Inc. for Use in Secondary Classrooms ($109,441.05)
  • Approval to Purchase 511 Televisions from Striv AV for Use in Secondary Classrooms ($545,675.00)
  • Approval of Purchase of Additional Data Protection Capacity and License Increase from CDW ($195,688.47)
  • Approval of a Revised Data Protection Agreement with VitalSource Technologies
  • Approval of Second Reading of Policies 5408, 5419, 5420, 5424, 5426, 5501, and 5504
  • Approval of Estimated 2022-23 Basketball Season Officials' Costs ($182,790.00)

View the entire consent agenda.

Board of Education Information Items

Summary of Assessment Results 2021-2022

District staff provided an update on recently released assessment data and our district’s programs to support student academic growth.


Districtwide, our Strategic Plan of Action focuses on students’ academic growth. Assessment data is important because it guides teaching and learning. The data released included two assessments: NSCAS and MAP.



Omaha Public Schools students take MAP tests three times a year. The test measures students’ achievement and growth compared to similar students across the country. Students receive individual scores and growth goals immediately. The data is helpful for teachers. District-level results were provided last week.



Each spring, students participate in state tests. The scores are available months later. At the elementary and middle levels, state data comes from the Nebraska Student-Centered Assessment System (NSCAS) test. For 11th-grade students, that data comes from the ACT. Recently released scores demonstrate growth in elementary English language arts (ELA) and math. Scores declined across the middle level. The percentage of high school students meeting state expectations grew in English language arts and remained steady in math. More than 300 additional students were proficient in ELA in 2022.


Supporting Student Academic Growth

Since January 2021, our district has presented data and plans to address student needs. We have expanded programs like Next Level Learning and Academic Support and Tutoring to provide direct support for students. Our district continues to focus on Strive for 95 and Multi-Tiered Systems of Support for Behavior (MTSS-B) to highlight the importance of strong attendance and a student’s well-being in achieving academic goals.


Families with questions about their child’s growth should talk with their child’s teacher. Our district will continue to invest resources for maximum impact and benefit for the students we serve.

Update to Policies 5421, 5422, 5427, 5503, 5506, 5601 and 5700

Board of Education Policy Committee recommends changes to the following district policies:

5421 - Use of Restraint and Seclusion 

5422 - Service Animals

5427 - Therapy Animals

5503 - Use of School Buses

5506 - Safe Pupil Transportation Plan

5601 - Asthma and Allergic Reaction Protocol

5700 - Do Not Resuscitate/Do Not Intubate (DNR/DNI) Requests


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

Next Omaha Public Schools Board of Education Meeting

The next regularly scheduled Board Meeting is tentatively scheduled for Dec. 12, 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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