9 June If You Have Moved in the Past Year, Please Update Your Address June 9, 2020 By Alex Hassel Announcements Announcements 0 Student Transportation has begun to develop bus routes for the 2020-21 school year. To ensure that eligible students are accurately routed, it is important that any changes to your student’s address, which has not already been updated with the District, needs to be updated with the Student Placement Office no later than June 15, 2020. To update your address, please contact our Student Placement office by one of the following options: Email: email@example.com (preferred) Phone: 531-299-0302 (you will need to leave a voice message and we will return your call.) All address changes will require verification. If you are unable to email a copy of your proof of address , please let us know so we can assist you in another method. We accept any of the following documents for proof of address: OPPD, MUD, Century Link or Cox Cable statements, a purchase or rental agreement for the residence, a Medicare/Medicaid card or, if the student is in foster care, a Superintendent's Letter. Address verification must show the name and correct address of the parent/guardian. This message is intended only for families who have moved to a new address within the past year and have not updated the information with the District. Thank you for your attention, and for your support of Omaha Public Schools. Related Articles Legislative Updates Feb. 14, 2017 Dear community members: There are a number of bills that have been introduced at the Nebraska Legislature this session that would impact our school district. Many of these bills are already being discussed at the committee level. It will be important for you to pay attention to these discussions as they unfold. The Omaha Public Schools Board opposes any legislative effort to divert resources to educational programs that are not governed by publicly-elected boards who are accountable to the citizens for the use of their tax dollars. Below is an outline of just a few examples of key bills that could impact OPS. The OPS board opposes each of the following: LB 630 - The Independent Public Schools Act – This bill would allow for charter schools in Nebraska. Charter schools would receive state aid and the public school system would be required to transport students living within their boundaries. LB 662 – Establish a grading system for schools and school districts – This bill would require the state board of education to create an accountability system that would grade schools’ performance A-F based on: (1) student proficient on statewide tests (2) percent of students that make growth in proficiency in reading and math (3) percent of students that make growth in proficiency for the lowest performing 25 percent of students in a particular school in math and reading (4) high school students earning a diploma in 4 years. LB 608 - Parental choice Scholarship Program -This bill would require OPS to pay 75 percent of the anticipated revenue per student to a private school for any eligible student. Eligible students would be k-12 students living in the boundaries of any OPS school at the lowest performance level. OPS would also be required to transport eligible students to private schools. The remaining 25 percent of anticipated revenue per student would go into a property tax relief fund to lower property taxes the following school year. There are numerous other bills that would change some aspect of the state aid formula. Some of the changes proposed in some of these bills could negatively impact OPS’ revenue stream in the years to come. The below outline presents the position that has been taken by our Board of Education for each bill included. For the most recent information regarding currently active bills at the unicameral, please visit:http://nebraskalegislature.gov OSERS The Board of Education of the Omaha Public Schools hereby reaffirms its commitment to ensuring the long term stability of the Omaha School Employees' Retirement System (OSERS). We support the efforts of the Nebraska Legislature to harmonize OSERS with the Nebraska School Employees Retirement System. LB 548 – Merge OSERS with School Employees Retirement System This bill would consolidate the Omaha School Employees Retirement System (OSERS) and the Nebraska School Employee Retirement System (NSERS). OSERS is currently experiencing a declining investments balance. The bill would present a resolution to reverse that trend. The bill does not affect current or retired employees’ benefits under the plan. OPS Board supports. Students LB 595 - Use of Physical Force or Restraint in Response to Student Behavior This bill would allow a teacher or administrator to use necessary physical force or restraint to subdue a student who is physically violent toward himself, those around him or is destructive toward school property until the student no longer presents a danger. Teachers would be allowed to remove a student from their classroom if student repeatedly disrupts a teacher’s ability to effectively teach. Teachers and administrators would not be subject to legal action or administrative discipline. OPS Board will monitor. Parent Education Funding LB 295 – Opportunity Scholarship Act This bill creates a scholarship granting organization that provides scholarships for tuition and fees for students at nongovernmental, private elementary and secondary schools. OPS Board opposes. LB 608 - Parental choice Scholarship Program This bill would require OPS to pay 75 percent of the anticipated revenue per student to a private school for any eligible student. Eligible students would be k-12 students living in the boundaries of any OPS school at the lowest performance level. OPS would also be required to transport eligible students to private schools. The remaining 25 percent of anticipated revenue per student would go into a property tax relief fund to lower property taxes the following school year. OPS Board opposes. School Funding The Board of Education of the Omaha Public Schools hereby reaffirms its support for the following key principles regarding the Tax Equity and Educational Opportunity Support Act (TEEOSA). The Board supports the efforts of the legislature, through TEEOSA, to equalize resources to ensure educational opportunity for all students across the state. Within the formula, the Board especially supports additional funding for children in poverty, English Language Learners, and early childhood education; additional weighting for focus schools; funding for transportation; and the averaging adjustment. The Board opposes changes to TEEOSA that are disequalizing. The Board wishes to emphasize that one of the initial objectives of TEOSA was to provide a stable, predictable system by which school districts could reasonably project, plan and budget for their annual state aid allocation. As such, the Board opposes annual modifications to TEEOSA that are designed to minimize increases or even reduce the level of state funding. The Board supports continued strong funding for Special Education. The Board supports consideration by the legislature of a mechanism to provide for equalization of facility renovation and construction among school districts. LB 119 – Delay Certification Date for TEEOSA This bill would delay the certification date for TEEOSA (the Nebraska school funding formula) from March 1, 2017 to June 1, 2017. OPS Board opposes. LB 144 – Reduced Percentage of Valuation of Agricultural Land This bill would adjust the percentage of land valuation of agricultural land for the purposes of the TEEOSA (the Nebraska school funding) formula. The percentage would drop from 72 percent in 2017 to 50 percent in 2018; 40 percent in 2019, 30 percent in 2020 and 20 percent for all years thereafter. OPS Board opposes. LB 265 – TEEOSA: Foundation AID This bill would provide that each school get a minimum amount of state aid per student. In fiscal year 2018-19 it would be $1,500 per student, $2,500 per student in 2019-2010, $3,500 per student in 2020-2021, $4,500 per student in 2021-2022 and $5,500 per student in 2022-2023 and after. OPS Board opposes. LB 266 – Agricultural Land Valuation This bill would reduce the valuation of agricultural and horticultural land for purposes of property tax to 50 percent in 2018, 40 percent in 2019, 30 percent in 2020 and after. The acceptable range to be used for school district taxation would be 44 percent to 50 percent in 2018, 34 percent to 40 percent in 2010 and 24 percent to 30 percent in 2020. OPS Board opposes. LB 270 – Expanded learning Opportunity Grant Program Act This bill would set aside $750,000 for the fiscal years 2017-18 and 2018-19 to the Department of Education to carry out the Expanded Learning Opportunity Grant Program. OPS Board supports. LB 338 – Income Approach Valuation of Agricultural Land This bill would require that agricultural and horticultural land be valued for property tax purposes at its value of use. The Property Tax Administrator would establish capitalization rates to be applied to agricultural land. The capitalization rates would be set aggregated agricultural use values, based on different types of agricultural land, between 60 to 75 percent of actual value. The aggregate agricultural use value could not increase more than 3 ½ percent from prior year. OPS Board opposes. LB 409 – TEEOSA: Reduce Base Limitation This would reduce the budget limitation rate from 2 1/2 percent to zero percent for fiscal year 2017-18 and 2018-19. OPS board opposes. LB 510 – Installment Contracts This bill would limit any political subdivision from having a total outstanding obligation under installment contracts to exceed $25 million. OPS Board opposes. LB 521 – TEEOSA Early Childhood Education This bill would increase the early childhood education fall membership included in the TEEOSA (state education funding) formula from 60 percent to 80 percent. Would also include calculation for early childhood transportation costs in TEEOSA. OPS Board supports. LB 540 – TEEOSA: Temporary Aid Adjustment This bill would add a temporary aid adjustment to schools fiscal years 2017-18 and 2018-19. The adjustments would be equal to a percentage of the formula need of each school district. The goal is to implement a reduction in TEEOSA to assist with state’s budget crisis without making significant and long-term changes to TEEOSA formula. OPS Board supports. LB 571 TEEOSA: Allocated Income Tax This bill would remove the minimum levy adjustment from the definition of allocated income tax funds. It would provide 20 percent of the aggregate statewide income tax liability of all resident individuals be disbursed as option payments. OPS Board opposes. LB 572 – Termination of TEEOSA This bill would terminate TEEOSA effective Jan. 1, 2020. It would terminate the property tax credit act and Nebraska Advantage Act on the same date. OPS Board opposes. LB 576 - No Growth in Property Taxes This bill would keep an owner’s property tax bill for 2017 and 2018 at no higher than their tax bill for 2016. OPS Board opposes. LB 602 – Valuation of Agricultural Land This bill would value agricultural and horticultural land using the capitalized net earning approach to determine the value of the land for purposes of taxation. Capitalization rate would be set at 6 percent. OPS Board opposes. LB 640- Limitation of School Levy This bill would reduce the maximum levy for districts from $1.05 to $1.00. Funds from the Property Tax Credit Cash Fund for districts would be distributed when the general fund property tax receipts exceed 60 percent of the total general fund revenue. The cash fund would be increased each year at the same rate of increase to TEEOSA. OPS Board opposes. Schools/Programs The Omaha Public Schools Board opposes any legislative effort to divert resources to educational programs that are not governed by publicly-elected boards who are accountable to the citizens for the use of their tax dollars. LB 630 - The Independent Public Schools Act This bill would allow for charter schools in Nebraska. Charter schools would receive state aid and public school would be required to transport students living within their boundaries. OPS Board opposes. LB 634 – Virtual Schools This bill would provide a definition of virtual schools. Virtual school students would then be included in the TEEOSA calculation. OPS Board supports. Teachers LB 525 – Master Teacher Program Fund This bill would decrease the amount of lottery dollars going to the Education Innovation Grant Program from 17 percent to 16 percent. It would redirect that 1 percent decrease to the Master Teacher Program Fund. OPS Board will monitor. LB 568- Temporary Teaching Certificates This bill would allow for temporary teaching certificates. Applicants would have complete an application and pay a fee. Applicants would be required to be over 21, possess a high school diploma, complete 24 hours of in-service training, 10 hours of classroom observation, complete a course and pass an exam on the Constitution of the United States and Constitution of Nebraska with score a of 80 percent or higher. OPS Board opposes. LB 650 – Alternative Certification for Teachers This bill would allow the State Board of Education to grant teaching certificates to any person based on their college credits earned, to someone holding a doctoral degree, anyone with a valid teaching certificate in another state, to anyone with two years teaching experience at the postsecondary level or to anyone with a certificate issued by national or regional educator credentialing agency as long as they pass the appropriate subject area examination. This bill would also allow for adjunct teaching certificates to be issued for part-time teaching positions. OPS Board will monitor. Transportation LB 279 – Lap-Shoulder Belts on School Buses This bill would require school buses purchased on or after date law went in to affect to be equipped with lap-shoulder belts for each passenger. OPS Board will monitor. Other LB 662 – Establish a Grading System for schools and School Districts This bill would require the state board of education to create an accountability system that would grade schools’ performance A-F based on: (1) student proficient on statewide tests (2) percent of students that make growth in proficiency in reading and math (3) percent of students that make growth in proficiency for the lowest performing 25 percent of students in a particular school in math and reading (4) high school students earning a diploma in 4 years. OPS Board opposes. Bond Update - June 2, 2015 Bond Update - June 2, 2015 Quick Start Projects: Several projects have been bid out and on-site construction activities have commenced. Ponca Elementary School will be issued for bid on June 08, 2015. Group 1 Projects: All Educational Specification packages are scheduled to be presented to the Board of Education during the month of June. Group 2 Projects: Architectural Selection for JP Lord will be completed in June 2015 with a recommendation presented to the Board of Education in July 2015. Educational Specification is on-going at Florence, Joslyn and Lothrop. Group 3 Projects: Architectural Selection for all Group 3 projects have been completed; recommendation will be presented to the Board of Education on June 15, 2015. Educational Specification Committee meetings will commence in June 2015. Economic Inclusion: The first class of the Jacobs Construction Academy was held on June 02, 2015. Dr. Suess Announcements Tomorrow is the birthday of a Dr. named Seuss. He rhymed and he wrote, and he drew things obtuse. So in honor of this man, let’s all have some fun, here is the bulletin for Friday, March one. For students who drive to school in a car, whether coming from near, or coming from far, if in the lot you do tend to park, then heed these words. Oh yes, you should hark! The stalls with white lines are where you should head, when during the day your car needs a bed. The lines marked with yellow are for teachers, you see, and if you park there, then oh, how sad you’ll be! A permit should also be hung from your mirror, or something less fun is quite sure to appear. A ticket you’ll find, and those are quite bad, they’ll cost you some money and make you so mad! Or worse! You might find that your car’s gone away, with a magical tow truck – imagine the dismay! So follow these rules, and park where you should, for that is what’s right, and what’s right is good! People have feet. Yes, feet! It’s quite neat! They can use these feet to go crossing the street! But sometimes this task can be quite a feat, like when students with traffic do choose to compete. So when the school day is finally complete, be cautious when entering that stretch of concrete. Don’t dart into traffic with steps oh so fleet, for the cars their speed they may not deplete. And that is a fate we don’t want you to meet, so please, your cautiousness we do so entreat. If you eat Breakfast 2 instead of Breakfast 1, a reminder we have that will help everyone! On your way to the class that’s your second, not your first, be sure the following actions you’ve rehearsed. Please go to the station nearest your room, for this will more quickly your learning resume. If to zero or one or to two you must go, the cafeteria’s where your face you should show. For those on floor three, it’s easy, you see, your station is on that same floor – shout with glee! For five go to four and for four you should stay, as that is the place they keep hunger at bay! The staff will be finding your name on a list to make sure the station you’re at does consist! To continue to fight off your morning starvation, be sure to report to the right breakfast station. After school on next Monday, that’s three days from now, there will be a Vans meeting to design them, but how? Come to 334 on the Monday, you’ll see, and plans for this competition surely there’ll be. A reminder to Juniors who Leader their Ship, in the state of Nebraska, and think of civics, Mrs. Peterson has something she wants you to know, your applications to her by today they must go, or to Washington DC you surely won’t roam, you’ll sadly be stuck sitting lonely at home. And to students whose class has AP in the name, don’t miss registration, or you’ll be to blame! Your payment is due by next Friday, March 8, we know you can do it, we all have such faith! To the office of 327 you should go, to make your due payment - just thought you should know. Joyce Ivy workshops are here, yes today! In the counseling office, that’s not far away! From a quarter past three till 4:30 they’ll stay, and remember your applications are due by today. And to the Basketball Team, who is made up of boys, here’s a message for you, one and all make some noise: Oh the places you’ll go, there is fun to be done, there are points to be scored, there are games to be won, so as off you go, and to state you do roam, be sure that you bring that state championship home. And here is your menu of LUNCH for the day, Fiestada pizza – all the kids shout, hooray! A dog which is cheesy and placed on a bun, And chicken in the shape of popcorn – how fun! The sandwich is turkey and American cheese And for healthy folks, chef salad, of course, if you please. For breakfast on Monday, not green eggs and ham, but chilled yogurt bar with vanilla bear grahams, a wrap made with sausage and syrup as well, with a bowl of hot oatmeal or cold cereal. That is the bulletin we have for today, which is important to hear, and important for me to say. For today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you. So go forth and learn, and as I often do say, I hope you’ll remember to have a nice day! Bond Update - March 8, 2015 03-08-2015 Current Major Activities Update Construction Manager at Risk, Request for Qualifications public advertisement has been issued. Group 1 Projects* - Educational Specification Committee meeting will start in March 2015. Group 2 Projects** - Recommendation for Award of Design Services will be presented to the Board of Education at the March 16, 2015 Board Meeting. Economic Inclusion – Update Architects/Engineers agreement with Baird Holm to incorporate contractual language that identifies the Architects/Engineers obligations to support OPS’ Economic Inclusion Program *Group 1 Projects: Capital Improvements – Northwest High School, Crestridge and Indian Hill Elementary Schools ‘Open Plan’ Schools – Franklin and Sunny Slope Elementary Schools Replacement Schools – Belle Ryan and Western Hills Elementary Schools **Group 2 Projects: Capital Improvements – Florence Elementary School ‘Open Plan’ Schools – Lothrop and Joslyn Elementary Schools Bond Update - March 17, 2015 03-17-2015 Current Major Activities Update Conducted general information meeting for Construction Manager at-Risk vendors to provide an overview of statement of qualifications and/or proposal submission due dates. Group 1 Projects* - Educational Specifications Committee kick off meetings have been scheduled. Negotiation of Architect Agreements on-going. Group 2 Projects** - Recommendation for Award of Design Services will be presented to the Board of Education at the March 16, 2015 Board Meeting. Economic Inclusion – Developed and implemented vendor input form that provides vendors business details that helps determine business capacity and area of expertise. *Group 1 Projects: Capital Improvements – Northwest High School, Crestridge and Indian Hill Elementary Schools ‘Open Plan’ Schools – Franklin and Sunny Slope Elementary Schools Replacement Schools – Belle Ryan and Western Hills Elementary Schools **Group 2 Projects: Capital Improvements – Florence Elementary School ‘Open Plan’ Schools – Lothrop and Joslyn Elementary Schools Bond Update - April 6th, 2015 Current Major Activities Update Received Construction Manager at Risk Statement of Qualification (SOQ) and Proposals for Ponca Elementary School, evaluation of SOQs and Proposals will occur next. Quickstart Projects - Construction bids for Marrs, Blackburn, Picotte, Prairie Wind and Fullerton (Planning Area C Package 1) are scheduled to be received on April 14 and 16, 2015. Group 1 Projects* - Educational Specifications Committee meetings continue. Negotiation of Architect Agreements on-going. Group 2 Projects** - Educational Specifications Committee meetings continue. Negotiation of Architect Agreements on-going. Economic Inclusion - Meeting with construction contractors that have shown interest in bidding on 2014 Bond construction projects. *Group 1 Projects: Capital Improvements – Northwest High School, Crestridge and Indian Hill Elementary Schools ‘Open Plan’ Schools – Franklin and Sunny Slope Elementary Schools Replacement Schools – Belle Ryan and Western Hills Elementary Schools **Group 2 Projects: Capital Improvements – Florence Elementary School ‘Open Plan’ Schools – Lothrop and Joslyn Elementary Schools Comments are closed.