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Providing a unique learning opportunity for parents to be more involved in their student's education.  That's the goal of an Omaha Public Schools program that uses technology to promote what the district calls blended learning.  This is the program's fourth year.  There are currently more than 200 kindergarten through 11th grade students enrolled at Omaha Virtual School.

Director of the Omaha Virtual School, Dr. Wendy Loewenstein, stops by the KIOS-FM studios to chat with Mike Hogan about how this school is a combination of in-person and at-home learning.  For example, once a week, students go to a classroom setting at the TAC building. 

There is still time to register students for this free program.  The last "Info-session" before the start of the school year is Tuesday, July 23rd at 9:30am at Abrahams Library.  It is free and open to the public.

More information can be found at www.OmahaVirtualSchool.org 

The OPS Interview Fair is Wednesday, July 10th at Monroe Middle School (5105 Bedford Ave., South entrance)  There will be application help from Noon to 5:00 p.m. and interviews with qualified candidates will start at 1:00 p.m.

Director of OPS Transportation, Trevis Sallis stopped by the KIOS-FM studios to chat with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" about how this district can move tens of thousands of children safely to and from school.  

Omaha, Neb. – The OPS Board of Education is prepared to approve a contract extension for Superintendent Dr. Cheryl Logan following a successful first year leading the largest school district in the state.

OPS And Teachers Close To New Contract

Jun 17, 2019

(Omaha, NE)  --  Omaha Public Schools and its teachers have a new two-year contract agreement.  Teachers got the contract details yesterday.  The Omaha World-Herald reports teachers would receive a one-point-eight percent pay raise next school year and a nearly three-point-two percent raise for the year after that.  Employee contributions to health insurance premiums would also reportedly increase.  The school board will vote on the contract on today.

Retirement Plan Study Advances

Apr 29, 2019
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Nebraska lawmakers are giving approval to a study covering the possible transfer of the management of the Omaha Public Schools' retirement plan.  The measure directs the Public Employees Retirement Board to work with several groups to prepare a plan to move management duties of the Omaha school retirement plan to the state.  The plan, which would outline costs and timelines, must be completed by June 2020.

Kids Can Community Center has a mission to educateengage, and inspire children through early childhood care and out-of-school experiences.  

Originally founded in 1908 as the Social Settlement Association of Omaha, in 2009 they changed their  name to Kids Can Community Center to better reflect our vision for children and families in the community.  

Today they are a state-licensed childcare provider for children ages 18-months to 13-years old, offering full-day early childhood education and out-of-school programs.  CEO Robert Patterson joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the mission and the upcoming fundraiser luncheon this week with keynote speaker Dr. Cheryl Logan, Superintendent of Omaha Public Schools. 

Details are below or can be found at https://kidscan.org/get-connected/cando2019.html

What: Can Do Luncheon

When: 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM on April 18, 2019

Where: Marriott at Capitol District at 222 N 10th Street in Omaha

Contact: Cindy Oelke, coelke@kidscan.org, 402-731-6988

The Omaha Public Schools is developing a redistricting boundary plan to accommodate the opening of five new schools: two elementary, one middle and two high schools.  A compilation of the boundary options created during those meetings will be presented to the broader community April 16, 22, 23, 29 and 30 and May 6, 7 and 8.

Dr. Cheryl Logan, Superintendent of Omaha Public Schools, joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the new schools, the boundaries, and the analysis that went into desgning the schools to prepare students for life after OPS.

OPS would like to invite you to attend the upcoming open community meetings regarding proposed changes to south Omaha elementary and middle school attendance boundaries and the high school attendance boundaries. The dates, times and places of the meetings are listed as follows:

Proposed South Omaha Elementary/Middle School Boundary Changes

South High Magnet School – Gym

Tuesday, April 16

6-8 p.m.

Proposed High School Boundary Changes

Burke High School – Gym

Monday, April 22

6-8 p.m.

South High Magnet School – Gym

Tuesday, April 23

6-8 p.m.

Central High School - Cafeteria

Monday, April 29

6-8 p.m.

Northwest High Magnet School – Cafeteria

Tuesday, April 30

6-8 p.m.

North High Magnet School – Viking Center

Monday, May 6

6-8 p.m.

Benson High Magnet School – Cafeteria

Tuesday, May 7

6-8 p.m.

Bryan High School - Library

Wednesday, May 8

6-8 p.m.

The information to be shared at all of the high schools will be the same.  The success of this planning process requires involvement by all facets of the community and we encourage you to attend one of these meetings in order to provide input or express any concerns you may have regarding the proposed changes.  After a review of all information obtained during the open community meetings, final boundary options will be presented to the OPS Board of Education for review and a final vote sometime this summer.  We look forward to seeing you.

Thank you for your continued support of the Omaha Public Schools!

The Omaha Public Schools is developing a redistricting boundary plan to accommodate the opening of five new schools: two elementary, one middle and two high schools.  Focus group meetings involving larger groups of principals, staff, students, parents and community members will take place on April 2, 3 and 4. A compilation of the boundary options created during those meetings will be presented to the broader community April 16, 22, 23, 29 and 30 and May 6, 7 and 8.

Omaha Public Schools open innovative new facility

Mar 6, 2019
Courtesy of Kessler Photography and BCDM Architects

Last year, the 80-year-old Dr. J.P. Lord School in Omaha opened a new building tailored to the needs of students with multiple disabilities.  The facility is part of the Omaha Public School system, free to students who need it, and its innovations are drawing national attention.

OMAHA, Neb. - The snow stopped falling two days ago, but Omaha Public Schools canceled classes and activities on Monday over concern for students traveling to and from school.  Secondary streets in residential neighborhoods aren't the city's priority during and after snow storms, so those roads were still a little slick.

School officials were also concerned for students who walk to school and asked for everyone to pitch in to get them to class and parents don't want their students tempted to walk in the streets to make it to school.

OMAHA, Neb. -- Omaha Public School’s Board of Education voted 6-2 to accept a bus contract bid with Student Transportation of America Monday night.  The bid was estimated at $20,612,726.83, and the contract would be between August 2019 and August 2023 with two one-year contract extensions built in.

The board listened to a presentation detailing the bids and looking at numbers from STA and another company, First Student. First Student, though, put an estimated bid that was about $5.4 million more expensive.

A South High Magnet student was arrested for carrying a handgun on Tuesday.  An email that went out to families of students stated that a student reported that another student may have had a weapon on the school campus.

Police investigated and found the student off campus.  OPD confirmed the 15-year-old was arrested and is booked at the Douglas County Youth Center.

(Omaha, NE)  --  The Omaha school principal who put out a memo saying Christmas decorations would not be allowed is being put on leave.  A school district spokesperson says Jennifer Sinclair is a new principal at Manchester Elementary in the city's Elkhorn section and did not consult with administrators regarding school policy on how to handle religious holidays.  Sinclair said in the memo that the decorations were being banned because the school needed to be inclusive and culturally sensitive.

Omaha Public Schools and the YMCA plan to work together to do something they've never done in the Omaha area.  The YMCA and the new high school on 156th and Ida will be a shared facility, meaning the school would be connected to all of the YMCA's programs.

OPS Family and Community:

Approximately 200 of our students and their families need assistance.

As many of you know, an apartment complex in North Omaha was evacuated yesterday after the city discovered city code violations.  The living conditions are described as "inhumane."

Time to get On Board with Marque Snow

Aug 28, 2018

KIOS News Director Cheril Lee talks with Marque Snow, President of the OPS School Board.

South High School’s Dual Language Program was recently awarded the 2017 High School level School of the Year Award from the Spanish Embassy and the International Spanish Academy.

Jeremy Cowley, Program Director for the OPS Career Center, was named Administrator of the Year by the Association of Career and Technical Education of Nebraska on June 4 during the organization’s conference in Kearney.

As the weather begins to heat up and the school year starts to wind down, students and teachers naturally start to think about their plans for summer break.  With more, here’s sophomore Eleanor Dunning…

KIOS News Director Cheril Lee sat down with OPS Superintendent Mark Evans on Monday to talk about the upcoming transition of his office to Dr. Cheryl Logan and his proudest achievements during his tenure in the district…

  

  

KIOS News Director Cheril Lee sat down with OPS’ Superintendent Mark Evans last week.  He talked about budget cut discussions, district achievements since the year started and the upcoming bond issue.

(Omaha, NE)  --  The Omaha Public School District's superintendent search is over.  The OPS board voted last night to hire Dr. Cheryl Logan as the district's next superintendent.  Logan currently serves as the Chief Academic Officer for the School District of Philadelphia in Pennsylvania.  She will replace current Omaha Public Schools Superintendent Mark Evans, who will retire at the end of the current academic year. 

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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Enrollment is up at the Omaha Public Schools' experiment in online learning at the Virtual School.

Omaha North High School Senior Donnae Simmons joins us  with a story on Elijah and his furry friend Hawkeye.

Omaha Central High School Senior Alec Rome joins us next with a story on basketball player Max Polk…

KIOS News Director Cheril Lee sat down with OPS’ Superintendent Mark Evans last week.  We heard part one of that interview yesterday.  Today, we have questions for the Superintendent from the Omaha Public Schools’ Student Voices Council…

KIOS News Director Cheril Lee sat down with OPS’ Superintendent Mark Evans last week…

KIOS News Director Cheril Lee recently interviewed Melissa Comine, Chief Academic Officer with Curriculum and Instruction Support in the Omaha Public Schools.  Lee talked to Comine about challenges she’s come up against in her first three months in her new role and some of her goals in her first year…

KIOS News Director Cheril Lee recently sat down with Melissa Comine, Chief Academic Officer with Curriculum and Instruction Support in the Omaha Public Schools.  Comine discussed her new role and her love for the district…

Cheril Lee, KIOS’ News Director, sat down with OPS’ Superintendent Mark Evans last week to talk about the district’s new standardized grading scale and the five-year strategic plan…

  

  

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