A review of Omaha Public Schools Board of Education meetings. 
July 3, 2018

Following each Board of Education Meeting, the Office of District Communications recaps the board meeting in the Board Digest.
#OPSProud Spotlight - ACE Mentor Program
In May, the Omaha ACE (Architecture. Construction. Engineering) Mentor Program Affiliate presented six $4,000 dollar scholarships to the following students: Josh Lorenzen, Omaha Burke; Hope White, Omaha Career Center and Burke; Rianna Gunter, Omaha North; Jenna Reynard, Omaha North; Louis Khu, Omaha Northwest and Brandon Valle, Omaha South.

The Omaha ACE Scholarship Committee received a total of 15 applications for the 2018 scholarships which is an increase of 50 percent from last year. The criteria for the scholarship includes: overall need, technical content of the application and completeness of essays, honors/academics, involvement in extracurricular activities, community service and participation in ACE.
Board of Education Consent Agenda
Consent Agenda Items
Consent agenda items are items packaged into one agenda item. They are often routine and garner very little discussion.

The consent agenda items were:
  • Staff Adjustments
  • PeopleSoft Project Change Request 011 for Post Production Support
  • Second Reading Policy 4035 - Appointment - All Employees and Contractors
  • Organizational Chart Changes
  • Contract Extension For Student Transportation For Pre-Kindergarten ESL/ Migrant Program Students
  • Contract Extension For Augmented Student Transportation with Chief School Bus Service
  • Contract Extension For Title I Pre-Kindergarten Students And Homeless Students
  • Bid No. 18-051 - Roof Coating At Various Schools Summer 2018
  • Change Order No. 001 - Learning Community North Center Classroom Audio Visual - Educare Kellom
  • Resolution Relating to Employee Termination Hearing
  • To view the entire consent agenda, click here.
Organizational Chart Changes
As part of the consent agenda, the board approved organizational chart changes. The changes were evaluated as part of the budget-cutting process and to increase efficiency of services for students and families.

The organizational chart changes include:
  • Executive Directors of School Support and Supervision (Chism, Wild, Sturgeon, Cohn, Ortega) - Report to Chief Academic Officer (Evaluations completed by CAO and Superintendent.)
  • Executive Director of Information Technology (Dickson) - Report to Superintendent (Previously IMS reported to General Finance and Admin Services.)
  • Lisa Utterback moves to Executive Director of Student and Community Services (no longer assigned schools, adds additional departments) - Report to Superintendent
  • Guidance and Counseling, Social Workers, School Safety, Student Information Services, MTSS- B, and Health Services - Report to Executive Director of Student and Community Services (Utterback)
  • Benefits - Reports to Chief Human Resource Officer (Compensation remains in General Finance and Admin Services.)
  • Director of Equity and Diversity (Liwaru) - Reports to Chief Human Resource Officer (Evaluation completed by CHRO and Superintendent) Title VII and Title IX investigations to be reported directly to the Superintendent.
  • Executive Council: Superintendent of Schools, District Communications, In-House Legal Counsel, Secretary to the Board of Education, Chief Academic Officer, Executive Director of Student and Community Services, Executive Director of Information Management Services (IMS), Chief Human Resources Officer, Chief Financial Officer, and Chief Operations Officer.
  • District Leadership Team (DLT): Superintendent of Schools, District Communications, In-House Legal Counsel, Secretary to the Board of Education, Chief Academic Officer, Executive Director of Student and Community Services, Executive Director of Information Management Services (IMS), Chief Human Resources Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operations Officer, Executive Directors of School Support and Supervision (5) and Director of Equity and Diversity.

To view the new organizational chart, click here.
Board of Education Information Items
Dr. Cheryl Logan Introduction and Superintendent's 90 Day Entry Plan
Dr. Cheryl Logan officially took the helm as superintendent of the Omaha Public Schools on Monday, July 2.

“Dr. Logan brings a wealth of experience to this position,” said OPS Board President Marque Snow. “We look forward to working with her in the years to come and expanding on the positive achievements we’ve accomplished over the past five years.”

The OPS Board of Education selected Dr. Cheryl Logan on Tuesday, Jan. 30. Logan comes to OPS from the School District of Philadelphia, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where she served as Chief Academic Officer, responsible for the academic achievement of more than 135,000 students. She has spent the past five months preparing for her transition into this role, attending Board of Education meetings, executive level staff meetings, visiting more than 60 schools, and meeting with principals, teachers, staff, students, parents and community members. Logan shared her official 90 day entry plan with staff yesterday and presented it to the Board at last night's meeting. To review her presentation, click here.

“I am honored and humbled to serve as the Superintendent of Omaha Public Schools and look forward to working with the Omaha community to ensure that every student is prepared to become the best version of themselves, and prepared to excel in college, career and life,” said Logan.

Logan has spent her career in education working in school districts with large immigrant populations from around the world, including with students from significant English language learner populations. 
She has previously served in the following roles: 
  • Assistant Superintendent – Philadelphia Public Schools
  • Elementary Principal – Prince George’s Public Schools and Howard County Public Schools, Maryland
  • High School Principal – Prince George’s Public Schools
  • Foreign Language Instructor – Prince George’s Public Schools, Maryland
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages Instructor – Prince George’s Public Schools, Maryland

Logan holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland, a Master of Education degree from The Johns Hopkins University and a Doctorate of Education degree from the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to other forms of diversity among the communities in which she has served, Dr. Logan believes a superintendent must collaborate with students, teachers, parents, the Board of Education, the business community, philanthropic and faith partners in service of children and families. Dr. Logan is also fluent in Spanish.


Request for Proposal (RFP) Timeline- Phase II Bond Program Management Services
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Dr. Logan shared the new timeline for Phase II Bond Management Services Request for Proposal Schedule.

The new schedule is:
  • July 3: Request for Proposal (RFP) document will be advertised in the Daily Record and posted on the OPS Purchasing Division web page on July 3.
  • July 19: Deadline for the District’s receipt of RFP responses will be 2 p.m. (CT) on July 19.
  • July 19 – 26: Period for scoring of RFP documents and interviews begins July 19 and runs through July 26.
  • Aug. 6: The Selection Committee’s recommendation of a firm to provide Phase II Bond Management Services will be an item on the August 6 Board of Education Agenda. Explanatory attachments will include scoring for proposal documents, interviews, and cumulative totals.
Board of Education Action Items
TP Settlement Agreement
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The board approved a tort claim settlement filed in March 2017. For more information, see the Board of Education agenda.

Next OPS Board of Education Meeting
The next regularly scheduled Board Meeting will take place on July 16. It is tentatively scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m.
 
Board of Education Agenda
To review previous Board of Education agendas, click here.

How Can I Watch a Previous Board of Education Meeting?
The video from the meeting will be available by the Wednesday at noon following the meeting. The video can be viewed by clicking here.
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