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Board of Education Highlights - 11/16/2015

The Omaha Public Schools Board of Education met on Monday, November 16, 2015 at the Teacher Administrative Center, 3215 Cuming Street.   To view the full agenda, click on the following link: http://district.ops.org/BOARDOFEDUCATION/CurrentMeetings.aspx

The following are highlights of the meeting held on November 16, 2015:

 

Consent Agenda:  

Design Firm Selection – 2014 Bond Program – Norris Middle School

The Board of Education approved Holland Basham Architects to provide professional services, including plans, specifications and construction administration, for Norris Middle School.

Information:

Several items were discussed as information.

OPS Virtual Program Conversation

Mr. Evans and Mr. Dickson detailed their experience in helping to start an online school at another district, and led a discussion of an OPS virtual program initiative.  Education Commissioner Matthew L. Blomstedt expressed his support for it.  Most students across the nation today have some experience in online learning.  Many of them participate in those activities in a virtual school.  Currently, Nebraska is one of seven states which do not have this online experience for students. 

Franklin and Lothrop Elementary Schools Temporary Relocation During Major Renovations - 2014 Bond Program

Plans call for the utilization of the OPS Mills Building for the temporary relocation of Franklin Elementary and Lothrop Elementary while major renovations are made to those two school sites in the 2016-2017 school year.  Both building principals have been engaged in the planning/input process.  The Mills Building was successfully utilized in a similar manner during the 1999 Bond Program.

 

 

Conclusion:

               

                The Board of Education adjourned at 10:31 P.M.

 

The next regular meeting is scheduled for Monday, December 7, 2015 at 6:30 P.M.  

Board of Education Highlights - 11/2/2015

The Omaha Public Schools Board of Education met on Monday, November 2, 2015 at the Teacher Administrative Center, 3215 Cuming Street.   To view the full agenda click on the following link: http://district.ops.org/BOARDOFEDUCATION/CurrentMeetings.aspx

The following are highlights of the meeting held on November 2, 2015:

School Spotlight:

Congratulations to the OPS students who are participants in Violin Sprouts!  The program, spearheaded by the Omaha Conservatory of Music, provides free beginning violin lessons and instruments to hundreds of three- and four-year-olds around the Omaha area.  Students from multiple OPS schools are involved in the program – which, among other notable performances, has seen students play alongside members of the Omaha Symphony. 

Congratulations to Central!  Girls cross country coach Trent Lodge was recently named Metro Coach of the Year.  We salute him and all the cross country student-athletes at Central.

Consent Agenda:  

Several items were presented as part of the Consent Agenda.

 

Expansion of Middle Years Program (MYP) at Lewis and Clark
The Board of Education approved the expansion of the Middle Years Program (MYP) at Lewis and Clark for the 2016-17 school year.

 

Schematic Design Approval
The Board of Education approved the Schematic Design for Joslyn, Lothrop, and Sunny Slope.

 

Design Firm Selection
The Board of Education approved DLR Group to provide professional services, including plans, specifications and construction administration for Beveridge Magnet School. 

 

Information:

Several Items were discussed as information. 

Update on Extended School Day
Staff presented an update on the use of the additional instructional minutes in the 2015-2016 school year. Building principals provided examples of the use of the additional instructional minutes. Input will be gathered from building staff on best use of the time for future distribution to all schools during the third quarter.

Assessment Results 2014-15
Reports containing the 2014-15 assessment results are attached to the Board Agenda.  The reports include test descriptions and an analysis of the results for the following assessments:  K-1 Reading and Mathematics, NWEA/MAP, ACT Aspire, and NeSA-Reading/Mathematics/ Science/Writing assessments as well as the Nebraska Department of Education State of the Schools Report for 2014-15.  Results for the district and schools are used for accountability reporting and educational planning. CIA staff will also provide an update on the District's many efforts meant to improve student achievement scores and educational outcomes.  

Action:

The following items were approved by the Board of Education:

 

Omaha Public Schools Academic Eligibility Update
The Board of Education approved the adjustments to the Academic Eligibility Policy based upon the feedback from the Board of Education Workshop held in August 2015.  These policy adjustments were presented at the October 19, 2015 Board of Education Meeting.

 

Conclusion:

The Board of Education adjourned at 11:05 PM.

The next regular meeting is scheduled on Monday, November 16, 2015 at 6:30 PM.  

Board of Education Highlights - 10/19/2015

The Omaha Public Schools Board of Education met on Monday, October 19, 2015 at the Teacher Administrative Center, 3215 Cuming Street.   To view the full agenda click on the following link: http://district.ops.org/BOARDOFEDUCATION/CurrentMeetings.aspx

The following are highlights of the meeting held on October 19, 2015:

School Spotlight:

Congratulations to Indian Hill!  The school recently unveiled three murals which reflect the diverse cultural heritage of the school and its community.  The unveiling took place during a special event at the building and was headlined by remarks from the artist who created the murals.

Information:

Several Items were discussed as information.

Wakonda and Howard Kennedy Elementary

Staff from both schools provided an update on initiatives and beginning of year activities.

Expansion of Middle Years Program (MYP) at Lewis and Clark

Central Office Staff and administration of Lewis and Clark Middle School are requesting approval to expand the Middle Years Program (MYP) at Lewis and Clark for 2016-17 school year. 

                Omaha Public Schools Academic Eligibility Update

Staff provided the Board of Education with an update of the adjustments to the Academic Eligibility Policy based upon the feedback from the Board of Education Workshop held in August.  

 

Action:

Schematic Design Approval

The Board of Education approved Schematic Design for Crestridge Elementary.

 

                Second Reading of Policy 4380, 6112, and 6362

The Board of Education approved the second reading of the 4380 (Employee Medical Health and Dental), 6112 (School Day for Students) and 6362 (Religion in the Curriculum.)

 

Conclusion:

               

                The Board of Education adjourned at 10:37 PM.

 

The next regular meeting is scheduled on Monday, November 2, 2015.

Board of Education Highlights - 10/05/2015

The Omaha Public Schools Board of Education met on Monday, October 5, 2015 at the Teacher Administrative Center, 3215 Cuming Street.   To view the full agenda, click on the following link: http://district.ops.org/BOARDOFEDUCATION/CurrentMeetings.aspx

The following are highlights of the meeting held on October 5, 2015:

School Spotlight:

Congratulations to Central and North!  The two schools combined for five AP National Scholars in 2015 – four from North and one from Central.  This is the highest level of distinction for AP exam participants; in order to meet the standards, a student must receive an average score of at least 4 on all AP exams they take and scores of 4 or higher on at least eight such exams.  We salute their hard work and tremendous achievements!

Consent Agenda: 

Several items were presented as part of the Consent Agenda.

 

Termination of Supplemental Retirement Benefit Plan for Administrative Employees

The Board of Education approved termination of the Supplemental Retirement Benefit Plan for Administrative Employees in which the Omaha Public Schools makes post-retirement contributions to the Omaha Public Schools Tax Deferred Section 403(b) Plan on behalf of eligible Administrators.  The termination of the Plan shall only affect current employees who retire after the date of enactment of this termination.  The termination of the Plan shall NOT affect former employees who have already been admitted as participants of the Plan.  The Superintendent or his designees shall be authorized to take all actions, including the execution of any amendments to the Supplemental Retirement Benefit Plan for Administrative Employees as may be necessary or appropriate to effectuate the foregoing termination of the Plan with respect to Administrators who have not retired before the enactment of this resolution.

 

Schematic Design Approval

The Board of Education approved Schematic Design for Belle Ryan, Florence, Franklin and Western Hills.

Title 1 2015-16 Allocation

The Board of Education approved staff’s request to receive the 2015-16 Title 1 Allocation in the amount of $23,667,852.00.  The Title I Budget is allocated to Public Schools, Non-Public Schools, Contracted Educational Agencies, and the Homeless Program. All Title I eligible schools must participate in at least one or more State Audit Reviews pending their rotation year.  Title I schools must also submit a Schoolwide Plan that is aligned with the District’s Academic Action Plan and their School Improvement Plan to the state. All Title I Schools Schoolwide Plans must be approved by the state and be in compliance in order to expend funds. In addition, Title I schools in year three in “Needs Improvement” and beyond must keep documentation of the Academic Action Plan implementation for the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Corrective Action Plans and  Restructuring Plans. The Title I Office must also submit a grant application to the state for approval and compliance purposes. 

 

Information:

Several Items were discussed as information.

AQuESTT for Nebraska - Accountability for a Quality Education System Today and Tomorrow

Sue Anderson (Nebraska Department of Education) and John Witzel (State Board of Education) provided an overview of AQuESTT (Accountability for a Quality Education System, Today and Tomorrow) for Nebraska.

Update on current District data relating to Truancy/Attendance

Jerry Corner provided an update on student attendance.

2014 Bond Program – Citizen’s Bond Oversight Committee

Representatives of Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee (CBOC) provided the Board of Education an update on the 2014 Bond Program with regard to topics discussed in the CBOC meetings, including schedule, budget and contingencies.                

               

                Family Consumer Science Update

Curriculum Instruction and Assessment shared an update on the realignment and updating of Family and Consumer Science programs of study with the current Nebraska Department of Education’s Human Sciences and Career Education Field course options.  Extensive communication has occurred throughout the summer and fall to reiterate that Family and Consumer Science positions and curriculum are not being eliminated. Staff will also discuss the meetings that have started with each individual high school principal and staff to gather individual building input on the direction of each building’s Family and Consumer Science programs of study for curricular updating.

               

Action:

 

Second Reading of 6000 Series Policies

The Board of Education approved the second reading of the 6000 (Instruction) Policy Series. 

 

                First Reading of Policy 4380, 6112, and 6362

The Board of Education approved the first reading of the 4380 (Employee Medical Health and Dental), 6112 (School Day for Students) and 6362 (Religion in the Curriculum).

 

Conclusion:

               

                The Board of Education adjourned at 10:34 PM.

 

The next regular meeting is scheduled on Monday, October 19, 2015.

Board of Education Highlights - 9/21/2015

The Omaha Public Schools Board of Education met on Monday, September 21, 2015 at the Teacher Administrative Center, 3215 Cuming Street.   To view the full agenda, click on the following link: http://district.ops.org/BOARDOFEDUCATION/CurrentMeetings.aspx

The following are highlights of the meeting held on September 21, 2015:

School Spotlight:

Congratulations to Burke!  Cadet Maj. Jessica Hack, a senior, has been awarded the Legion of Valor Bronze Cross for Scholastic Achievement, which is presented to approximately one in 4,000 students nationally each year.  What’s more – Cadet Maj. Hack is the only student in the state of Nebraska to receive the award this year.  The award recognizes scholastic excellence in military and academic subjects.

Information:

Several Items were discussed as information.

Case Processing of School Resource Officer Referrals to Douglas County Attorney’s Office

Nicole Brundo (Douglas County Juvenile Attorney) provided an explanation of terms used for police referrals from the school setting to the Douglas County Attorney’s Office.  Information also covered how referrals are handled by the County Attorney and the process the referrals go through, beginning from receipt through case closure.

School Resource Officer (SRO) Contracts

Central Office Staff provided information regarding School Resource Officer contracts.

Special Education Suspension Update and Future Plans for a Multi-Tiered System of Support for Behavior

Omaha Public Schools has been focusing on reducing suspensions for many years, especially among students with disabilities.  Central Office staff presented a Power Point that provides an update on special education suspensions and potential future plans for a Multi-Tiered System of Support for Behavior (MTSS-B).

Facilities Capital Planning

Staff provided an update on progress toward establishment of a long-range Facilities Capital Plan.

Outline of REACH Initiative

The Chamber provided an outline of its REACH program – an education-based capacity-building initiative for small businesses.  REACH is implementing a plan to grow the number and capacities of Small and Emerging Businesses (SEBs) to meet the demand of institutional organizations with construction projects and procurement opportunities. REACH works with SEBs to prepare them to engage such procurement opportunities. To assist SEBs and the community they serve, REACH works to provide training and career awareness opportunities for those considering jobs in the construction trades market. 

 

Action:

                First Reading of 6000 Series Policies

                The Board of Education Approved the First Reading of the 6000 Series.

Conclusion:

               

                The Board of Education adjourned at 10:54 PM.

 

The next regular meeting is scheduled on Monday, October 5, 2015 at 6:30 PM.