A review of Omaha Public Schools Board of Education meetings.
May 4, 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
2021-22 Nebraska English Language Arts Teacher of the Year/Teacher of Excellence from NELAC and NCTE
The #OPSProud spotlight featured Carrie Palmesano, the 2021-2022 Nebraska English Language Arts Teacher of the Year/Teacher of Excellence! The award is sponsored by the Nebraska English Language Arts Council (NELAC) and the National Council Teachers of English (NCTE).

To view the video presentation, click below.
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. 001 to the Agreement with Hausmann Construction, Inc. – North High Magnet School Capital Improvements & Renovation Project – 2018 Bond Program ($7,249,541.00)
  • Approval of Amendment No. 001 to the Agreement with Hausmann Construction, Inc. – Northwest High Magnet School Capital Improvements & Renovation Project – 2018 Bond Program ($6,295,565.00)
  • Approval of Amendment No. 001 to the Contract with PrimeroEdge for Nutrition Services Point of Sale Software Services ($67,500.00)
  • Approval of Amendment No. 002 to the Agreement with Hausmann Construction, Inc. – Bryan High School Capital Improvements & Renovation Project – 2014 Bond Program (Add $168,077.00) (Revised Total $9,441,103.68)
  • Approval of Amendment No. 002 to the Agreement with The Weitz Company, LLC – Central High School Capital Improvements & Renovation Project – General Fund and 2018 Bond Program (Add $6,707,419.00) (Revised Total $8,367,426.00)
  • Approval to Award Bid No. 21-028 to All-Makes Office Equipment Co., Krueger International Inc., Sheppard’s Business Interiors, and Virco Inc. for Classroom Furniture for the 2018 Bond Project ($3,014,597.52)
  • Approval to Award Bid No. 21-030 to Engineered Controls Inc. for Niagara N4 Hardware Installation at Multiple Facilities, Summer of 2021 to Summer of 2022 ($1,329,000.00)
  • Approval of the Interlocal Cooperation Agreement for a Traffic Signal at Westview High School – 2018 Bond Program ($50,000)
  • Approval of the Memorandum of Understanding between the District and the Southside Redevelopment Corporation to Collaborate in the Development of a Program to Enhance School Programming at Indian Hill Elementary as part of the Revitalization of the Southside Terrace - Indian Hill Neighborhood
  • Approval to Purchase Display Screens for Integration into Water Bottle Engine Test Apparatus from Atlantis Educational Services, Inc., for Eighth and Ninth Grade Physical Science for 2021-2022 School Year ($63,515.60)
  • Approval to Purchase Hardware and Software from Sirius Computer Solutions Inc. ($238,418.18)
  • Approval of Rejection of All Bids Submitted for Bid No. 21-023 Site Security Improvements at OPS Service Center
  • To see the full consent agenda, click here.
Administrative Appointments
The Board approved the following administrative appointments on the consent agenda:
  • Carrie Baden, current Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) Lead Teacher, will be assigned as Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) Teaching and Learning Consultant.
  • Sarah Stratton-Babb, current Instrumental Music Teacher, will be assigned as Music Teaching and Learning Consultant.
  • Thomas Vobejda, current Assistant Principal at Minne Lusa Elementary, will be assigned as Student Placement Administrator.
Board of Education Action Items
Approval of the Report of the Legislative Committee Including Recommended Legislative Positions
An update was provided to the Board regarding where bills are currently in the Nebraska Legislature.
 
The Legislative Committee continues to review bills as they change throughout the legislative session. The committee did not have any updated recommendations for bills based on their potential impact on Omaha Public Schools.

The OPS 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 change as well.
 
To view the bill summary, click here.
Approval of OPS Middle School Science Textbook Adoption
The Board of Education approved the adoption of cK-12 Flexbooks (online textbooks) for middle school science, beginning with the 2021-2022 school year. This adoption aligns with the Nebraska College and Career Ready Standards for Science and with the Omaha Public Schools Strategic Plan of Action.

The materials were select as a result of analyzing text structures and content, a field test, a bias review and a community review consistent with the Curriculum Development Cycle.

The cK-12 materials recommended for adoption include online student editions, videos, simulations and adaptive practice problems for students. The materials are accessible to an immersive reader, are able to be translated into multiple languages and can be annotated by students. The materials are also iPad ready but can be printed in PDF for students who need accommodations and they can be integrated into current district systems.

cK-12 does not charge for the materials and online access, the only cost for this resource would include curriculum writing and professional development to implement and maintain the resources.

To view the presentation, click here.
Approval of Contract Renewal with T-Mobile, USA, Inc. for 4G LTE Connectivity with T-Mobile for Education Plan for Next Level Learning, Summer 2021 and the School Year 2021-2022 ($10,720,512.00)
District administration recommended to the Board a one-year contract renewal with T-Mobile to provide continued 4G LTE connectivity to the 56,400 student and staff LTE enabled iPads through the T-Mobile for Education Plan. The unlimited data plan provides nationwide coverage ensuring student and staff devices are connected to the necessary educational resources to support student learning and Next Level Learning initiatives throughout the summer and the 2021-2022 school year.
The Administration recommends that the Superintendent be authorized to enter into an agreement for the purchase by the District of real property, improvements and easements owned by 1) Joe and Steve Partnership, LLC, and 2) Mitchell Auto Auction LLC (collectively referred to as the Property). The Property is located adjacent to the east property line of the Buena Vista High School location. The Administration further recommends that the Superintendent be authorized, if the negotiation is unsuccessful with either owner, to commence proceedings in the County Court of Douglas County, Nebraska, to acquire the Property for the District by eminent domain as permitted by the laws of the State of Nebraska.
The Board of Education approved the administration's recommendations.
Board of Education Information Items
Recommended Code of Conduct Revisions for 2021-2022
Student and Community Services staff provided information to the board on recommended changes to the 2021-2022 Code of Conduct. The proposed changes will be an action item at a future meeting.

To view the 2021-2022 Code of Conduct Revision Summary, click here.

To view the 2021-2022 Code of Conduct DRAFT, click here.
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 May 17. It is tentatively scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. There is a tentatively scheduled budget hearing on May 17 at 6:00 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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