18 June Special Education Services Meeting June 18, 2020 By Alex Hassel Announcements Announcements 0 NON-PUBLIC School Consultation Meeting On Monday, June 29, 2020 at 2:00 P.M., a meeting conducted by the Omaha Public Schools will take place virtually through Microsoft Teams. The purpose of the meeting will be to provide an opportunity for parents and representatives of non-public schools to participate in the development of a plan for providing special education services to children with disabilities who attend non-public schools and home schools which are within the Omaha Public School district for the 2020-2021 school year. Parents of a home schooled child or a child attending a non-public school who has been or may be identified with a disability and attend a non-public school within the Omaha Public School district are urged to attend. If you have further questions pertaining to this meeting, please contact Kara Saldierna, at (513) 299-9461 or email@example.com. Related Articles Board of Education Notes - 07/07/2014 The Omaha Public Schools Board of Education met on Monday, July 7th, 2014 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 July 7th, 2014: School Spotlight: Pawnee Elementary was recently the subject of a friendly media visit in which the school's phonics academy was highlighted. The program helps students to efficiently and effectively learn innovative ways of 'sounding out' words. The program -- which is also offered at other OPS schools -- has been extremely successful. We salute Principal Sandy Bredfeldt, Summer School Principal Leah Weeks, and Teacher Terri Fuxa for their efforts! Consent Agenda Items: The Board of Education approved the following: Recommended Administrative Appointments The Board of Education voted to approve the following appointments: Darlene Dunklau, current OPS Student Personnel Assistant, will be the new Assistant Principal of Nathan Hale Middle School; Chris Humphries, current OPS Assistant Principal at Morton Middle School, will be the new Assistant Program Director of Blackburn; Kevin Johnson, current OPS Student Personnel Assistant, will be the new Secondary Education Human Resources Administrator; Paul Kosch, current OPS Student Personnel Assistant, will be the new Assistant Principal of Bancroft Elementary; Erin Perry, current OPS Special Education Supervisor, will be the new Special Education Human Resources Administrator; Kelly Ramm, current Customer Service Specialist for BelPastry Inc. will be the new Transportation/Nutrition Services Human Resources Administrator; Kara Saldierna, current OPS Special Education Coordinator, will be the new Director of Special Education; Scott SchmidtBonne, current OPS Evaluation Specialist for Research, will be the new Director of Research. Discussion and/or Action: Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Grant Permission was given to apply for the annual Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Grant. The purpose of the grant is to fund various activities/projects within Omaha Public School’s career education programs such as school achievement and academic integration, professional development, post-secondary/industry career connections, college and career awareness, and new and innovative technology. All seven high schools, twelve middle schools, Career Center and alternative education programs receive funding from the grant to support career education programs. The proposal includes provisions for the district to receive an allotment of basic grant funds for the purpose of improving and expanding career education programs. The office of Career Education will work closely with the Department of Curriculum Instruction and Assessment to implement the grant. $818,053.00 (2014-2015 amount) Superintendent’s Contract The Omaha Public Schools Board of Education approved the Superintendent’s Contract. The contract is posted on ops.org. Venues for Graduation – 2015 Dr. Bartee provided a brief history on graduation venues. Ad Hoc Student Assignment Committee Update Mrs. Underwood provided an update on the Ad Hoc Student Assignment Committee and a future BOE Workshop to be held on July 15 at 5:30. Conclusion: The Board of Education went into closed session at: 9:49 P.M. Meeting concluded at: 10:38 P.M. The next regular meeting is scheduled for Monday, July 21st, 2014 at 6:30 P.M. A special meeting of the Board will be held on July 9th at 6:30 P.M. Board of Education Highlights - 1/21/2015 The Omaha Public Schools Board of Education met on Wednesday, January 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 January 21, 2015: Spotlight: The Board honored the Benson girls basketball team for having won the Metro Holiday Tournament – and also honored the school’s three student-athletes who recently signed to play sports at division-one universities. Consent Agenda: The Board of Education approved several items under Consent Agenda. Information Items: Bond Program Update Jacobs and OPS staff presented general information on the status of ongoing bond program work. Limited English Proficiency and Poverty Plan Reporting An information update was provided regarding the development and reporting process of the statutory required Poverty and the Limited English Proficiency Plans as well as funding levels to support these district-funded initiatives. School Improvement Planning in the Omaha Public Schools An overview was provided regarding school improvement planning at OPS. Central office and building staff provided background knowledge, components of school improvement plans, timelines, accountability measures, growth goals and support involved with the school improvement plan process. NCLB (No Child Left Behind) Restructuring Plan Under NCLB, every state must set the goals that each school must meet. Schools that do not make adequate yearly progress (AYP) for two consecutive years will be identified as needing improvement. The Nebraska Department of Education must determine if each school and district (even those that do not receive Title I funds) make AYP. Every year a school is designated as needing improvement, a sanction occurs per federal requirements. During the fifth year a school is labeled as needing improvement, they are required to implement a restructuring plan. OPS has one school in the state-approved restructuring plan, and 21 schools will be going into restructuring next year. An overview of this process was provided. Action Items: Legislative Positions The Board of Education approved specific legislative positons. Omaha Public School Board of Education Resolution Regarding Posts of State Board of Education Member, Pat McPherson. The Board of Education made an official statement regarding posts of State Board of Education Member, Pat McPherson. School Improvement Grant The Board of Education approved staff to apply for School Improvement Grant(s). Grade Level Configuration The Board of Education instructed staff to obtain more parent feedback regarding grade level configuration. Design Firm Selection–2014 Bond Program Quick Start Projects–Various Schools The BOE approved the recommended appointment of firms to provide professional services, including plans, specifications and construction administration, for 2014 Bond Program Quick Start Projects. Second Reading - Policy 3000 The Board of Education approved Policy Section 3000, Board Operations. Resolution Concerning Opportunity Schools The Board of Education did not approve the proposed resolution on Opportunity Schools. Receipt of Reports: ESUCC Board Minutes The Educational Service Unit Coordinating Council (ESUCC) meets monthly to support the statewide coordinated provision of the most cost-effective services for students, teachers, and school district in each educational service unit. Following approval of the meeting minutes by the full Council, these minutes are provided to the Board of Education as an update. ESU Coordinating Council Meeting minutes for November 2014 are provided as an attachment. Class Size Report 2014-15 The Class Size and Pupil-Teacher Ratio Report provides annual information pertaining to class size and pupil-teacher ratios at the district level and for each school. These statistics are based upon the OPS student population as it existed on the last Friday of September (Official Fall Membership, September 26, 2014). The report is used by building leadership along with Human Resources staff to assure adequate staffing at each of the district's schools. Factors affecting staffing decisions include enrollment changes, available classroom space, placement of special programs, and available funding. Conclusion: The Board of Education went into Closed Session at 12:00 A.M. The Board of Education adjourned at 1:21 A.M. The next regular meeting is set for Monday, February 2, at 6:30. Special Education Students Participate in OPS Fellowship Games OPS hosted the track and field edition of the A+ OPS Fellowship Games at Burke High in April to offer special education students an opportunity to compete in athletics. Nearly 120 students from 10 OPS middle schools and the Integrated Learning Program participated in the camp, which included skill development activities and competitions such as a softball throw, shot put, standing jump, long jump, and walking/running/wheelchair push events. Many participants also competed in a unified relay, which combined special education students with regular education students in a shuttle relay. Many of the middle and high school mascots also joined in the fun by racing along the track . The A+ OPS Fellowship Games also served as a service learning project to support breast cancer research. Many of the participating schools spearheaded projects to educate students about breast cancer prevention and raise money for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure organization. The Omaha Public Schools hosted a similar volleyball tournament in October and a basketball tournament in February. The goals of the A+ OPS Fellowship Games are to help students progress from physical education lessons into recreation competition, understand the importance and benefits of staying active, build relationships with other students, learn teamwork and fair play, and experience the enjoyment of recreational activities with others. Click here to see a photo slideshow from the A+ OPS Fellowship Games: Track & Field Edition! Board of Education Highlights - 3/16/2015 The Omaha Public Schools Board of Education met on Monday, March 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 Monday, March 16, 2015: Spotlight: OPS’ efforts to build and maintain environmentally friendly schools are getting new recognition from the State of Nebraska! Gomez Heritage Elementary and Wilson Focus School have been nominated by the Nebraska Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Review Committee to be considered for 2015 Green Ribbon Schools honors by the U.S. Department of Education. A federal review will determine which schools around the country will be the national honorees; that will be announced on Earth Day, April 22. Congratulations to Northwest student Nicole Carillo! She was featured in an article in the March edition of HerFamily magazine, a metro-area monthly that focuses on community stories. The magazine noted her extensive community-service efforts and outstanding academic achievements in naming her a ‘Young Hero.’ Consent Agenda: The Board of Education approved several items under consent agenda. Information: Strategic Plan Update on Comprehensive Plan to Raise Achievement in Mathematics 2.2.2 M Staff presented a brief update on the ongoing work to raise student achievement in mathematics. Examples of ongoing K-12 initiatives and activities were provided. Attached to the board agenda is the Comprehensive Plan to Raise Math Achievement that was implemented last fall. Committees of the Board of Education Updates The Americanism, Omaha Schools Employee Retirement System (OSERS), and Student Assignment Plan Committees provided updates to the Board of Education. Action: Benson High Academy Program Benson High School leadership has been busy communicating the vision for the Career Academies to a multitude of stakeholder groups. Throughout the months of October, November, December and January, Benson has met with many different groups to discuss and get input on the Task Force's continued work on the career academies. These groups included: parents, staff, alumni and Benson community and businesses. In addition, Benson has presented the findings of the Task Force to the OPS Executive Council as well as the Board of Education. In the months of January and February, Benson continued its conversation about the academies by vetting the idea with The Empowerment Network as well as stakeholder groups at several colleges and universities. Throughout the process, there has been a great gathering of support moving Benson forward with the Career Academies as proposed by the Task Force without any changes to the proposal as it was presented to the Board of Education. The cost for the new Academy Programs will be $1.8 million. Approximately $500,000 will be for 8 additional staff (and will be on going) and $1.3 million will be for startup costs. The Board of Education approved the Academy Program concept and funding for Benson High School. Fine Arts Content Standards The Board of Education approved the Fine Arts Content Standards. The K-12 Nebraska Fine Arts Standards were developed by Nebraska educators to support the content areas of dance, art, music, digital media, and theater. Approved in 2014, these standards provide guidance for teachers and administrators on how to integrate the arts into curriculum to provide a well-rounded, rigorous, and broad experience for all students. These standards will replace any previously used frameworks or standards and will be implemented in the 2015-2016 school year. Schematic Design – Ponca Elementary School The Board of Education Approved the Schematic Design for Ponca Elementary. Lease Termination Agreement - J.P. Lord The Board of Education approved the Lease Termination Agreement among the District, the Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska and The Nebraska Medical Center. This Agreement provides for termination of the existing ground lease for the J.P. Lord School building and transfer of the school building to the Board of Regents upon completion of a replacement school building on land currently owned by the District and relocation of the J.P. Lord School to the new school building. The Board of Regents and The Nebraska Medical Center will pay to the District the sum of $6,667,000.00 toward the cost of constructing and equipping the new school building and relocation of the school to that building. The Lease Termination Agreement has been reviewed by legal counsel for legal sufficiency. Receipt of Reports Purchasing Division - Six-Month Cost Savings Report – September 2014 through February 2015 Cost savings are generated within day-to-day procurement activity in the Purchasing Division through established purchasing procedures. ESUCC Board Minutes The Educational Service Unit Coordinating Council (ESUCC) meets monthly to support the statewide coordinated provision of the most cost-effective services for students, teachers, and school district in each educational service unit. Following approval of the meeting minutes by the full Council, these minutes are provided to the Board of Education as an update. ESU Coordinating Council Meeting minutes for February 2015 are provided as an attachment. Conclusion: The Board of Education did not go into Closed Session. The Board of Education adjourned at 8:41 P.M. The next regular meeting is scheduled on Monday, April 6, 2015 at 6:30 P.M. Special Education Students Present "Rap-Unzel" Special education students from South High Magnet, Burke High, Benson High Magnet, and North High Magnet presented "Rap-unzel: A Modern Telling of a Grimm Tale with Rap Music" in early March. "Rap-unzel" is an original work co-written especially for this project by Fran Sillau, well-known theater educator, director, and writer, and Mark Kurtz, accomplished composer and musician. Students created a special backdrop for the production with the help of Paula Wallace, a painter from Omaha's Hot Shops. This project was a collaboration between the Omaha Public Schools and WHY ARTS. Click here to see a photo slideshow from the performance! 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. Comments are closed.