Omaha Public Schools
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Omaha Public Schools (OPS) is the largest school district in the state of Nebraska, United States. This public school district serves a diverse community of about 52,000 students at over 80 elementary and secondary schools in Omaha. Its district offices are located in the former Tech High at 30th and Cuming Streets.
- Superintendent: Dr. Cheryl Logan
- OPS Board Member President: Marque A. Snow
- OPS Board Member Vice President: Lacey Merica
- Subdistrict Board Member #1: Ricky Smith
- Subdistrict Board Member #2: Marque A. Snow
- Subdistrict Board Member #3: Ben Perlman
- Subdistrict Board Member #4: Shavonna Holman
- Subdistrict Board Member #5: Lou Ann Goding
- Subdistrict Board Member #6: Matt Scanlan
- Subdistrict Board Member #7: Amanda Ryan
- Subdistrict Board Member #8: Lacey Merica
- Subdistrict Board Member #9: Tracy Casady
One City, One School District
On June 13, 2005, the Omaha Public Schools Board and Superintendent John Mackiel announced their intention to annex 25 schools within Omaha city limits to OPS. They are currently part of the Elkhorn Public Schools, Millard Public Schools and Ralston Public Schools districts. This announcement, based on three Nebraska statutes enacted in 1891 and 1947, is known as the "One City, One School District" plan.
This issue is highly controversial in Omaha. Supporters of the plan claim that a single school district is necessary to promote a cohesive Omaha community, ensure academic equity in all Omaha schools and prevent OPS from becoming locked into a declining property tax base. Opponents contend that Omaha-area residents should be able to choose from a number of school districts, and that the schools would become less efficient in one large school district. Discussions among the school districts have been unproductive; the issue figured prominently in the 2006 session of the Nebraska state legislature.
Split the District
The Nebraska legislature passed a bill (LB 1024) on April 13, 2006, that addresses the "One City, One School District" issues. The governor of Nebraska signed it later that day. It requires each metropolitan class city to have a "learning community" that consists of all of the school districts in the county where the city is located and any county that shares a border with the city. The learning community will be composed of voting representatives from each school district and will also include the superintendents of the districts as non-voting members. A learning community will be charged with helping to distribute property tax revenue more evenly throughout the school districts in its area.
In general, a learning community leaves the boundaries of school districts untouched. However, LB 1024 also calls for OPS to be broken into three separate school districts. The exact boundaries for three new Omaha school districts are to be chosen by the Omaha learning community. Their choices are limited by requirements of LB 1024 that each new district consist of contiguous high school attendance areas and include either two or three of the seven existing high schools. That allows about 20 ways to group the seven schools, depending on which adjacent high school attendance areas are grouped with the geographically most central area.
The three-district plan for OPS was proposed in amendment AM3142, introduced on the day the legislature first took up LB 1024. The suburban school districts reluctantly supported the three-district plan, seeing it as the most favorable to them of the bills proposed. The OPS leadership vehemently opposed the plan. AM3142 was approved on the day it was introduced by a counted vote of 33 to 6 with 10 senators not voting. Five days later a motion to reconsider AM3142 failed in a roll-call vote of 9 to 31 with 9 senators not voting. The roll call showed legislators from Omaha split six in favor of the three-district plan (Sens. Brashear, Brown, Chambers, Jensen, Pahls and Redfield) and five opposed (Sens. Bourne, Friend, Howard, Kruse and Synowiecki).
It is suspected that OPS may file a suit challenging the new law. On May 16, 2006, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) filed a suit against the governor and other Nebraska state officials charging that LB 1024, originally proposed by state senator Ernie Chambers, "intentionally furthers racial segregation." The NAACP lawsuit argues that because Omaha has racially segregated residential patterns, subdivided school districts will also be racially segregated, contrary to United States law.
According to April 2006, information published by Associated Press, the current Omaha public school district has approximately 45,000 students classified as 46 percent white, 31 percent black, 20 percent Hispanic, and 3 percent Asian or American Indian. News reports indicate that division of the city of Omaha into three new school districts, as ordered in April, 2006, by the Nebraska legislature and including current Elkhorn, Millard and Ralston public schools, is often expected to result in black students concentrated in a North Omaha district, white students in West Omaha district, and non-English speaking students in a South Omaha district. However, the law does not mandate such a result. Within its requirements, new districts may be drawn in several different ways.
|Benson Magnet High School||Bunnies||5120 Maple Street||9-12||1,466 (2016-17)||1904|
|Bryan High School||Bears||4700 Giles Road||9-12||1,878 (2016-17)||1971|
|Burke High School||Bulldogs||12200 Burke Boulevard||9-12||2,047 (2016-17)||1965|
|Central High School||Eagles||124 North 20th Street||9-12||2,612 (2016-17)||1859|
|Omaha North Magnet High School||Vikings||4410 North 36th Street||9-12||1,811 (2016-17)||1924|
|Omaha Northwest Magnet High School||Huskies||8204 Crown Point Avenue||9-12||1,821 (2016-17)||1971|
|Omaha South Magnet High School||Packers||4519 South 24th Street||9-12||2,617 (2016-17)||1887|
|Alfonza W. Davis Middle School||Aviators||8050 North 129th Avenue||6-8||679 (2016-17)||2013|
|Alice Buffett Magnet Middle School||Bobcats||14101 Larimore Avenue||5-8||1,148 (2016-17)||2004|
|Beveridge Magnet Middle School||Bulldogs||1616 South 120th Street||7-8||616 (2016-17)||1963|
|Bryan Middle School||Bears||8210 South 42nd Street||7-8||829 (2016-17)||1964|
|King Science and Technology Magnet Middle School||Wildcats||3720 Florence Boulevard||5-8||614 (2016-17)||1973|
|Lewis & Clark Middle School||Trailblazers||6901 Burt Street||6-8||829 (2016-17)||1960|
|McMillan Magnet Middle School||Monarchs||3802 Redick Avenue||6-8||789 (2016-17)||1958|
|Monroe Middle School||Mustangs||5105 Bedford Avenue||6-8||823 (2016-17)||1956|
|Morton Magnet Middle School||Panthers||4606 Terrace Drive||6-8||759 (2016-17)||1965|
|Nathan Hale Magnet Middle School||Patriots||6143 Whitmore Street||6-8||594 (2016-17)||1965|
|Norris Middle School||Redbirds||2235 South 46th Street||6-8||1,123 (2016-17)|
|R. M. Marrs Magnet Middle School||Falcons||5619 South 19th Street||5-8||1,356 (2016-17)||1962|
|Adams Elementary School||Archers||3420 North 78th Street||K-5||303 (2016-17)||1925|
|Ashland Park-Robbins Elementary School||Timberwolves||5050 South 51st Street||PK-6||801 (2016-17)||1994|
|Bancroft Elementary School||Broncos||2724 Riverview Boulevard||PK-6||728 (2016-17)|
|Beals Elementary School||Bobcats||1720 South 48th Street||PK-6||391 (2016-17)||1904|
|Belle Ryan Elementary School||Bulldogs||5616 L Street||PK-6||291 (2016-17)|
|Belvedere Elementary School||Bobcats||3775 Curtis Avenue||PK-5||471 (2016-17)||1924|
|Benson West Elementary School||Bulldogs||6652 Maple Street||K-5||575 (2016-17)||1910|
|Boyd Elementary School||Beavers||8314 Boyd Street||PK-5||456 (2016-17)||1961|
|Castelar Elementary School||Cardinals||2316 South 18th Street||PK-5||637 (2016-17)||1886|
|Catlin Magnet Center||12736 Marinda Street||PK-6||203 (2016-17)||1966|
|Central Park Elementary School||Cougars||4904 North 42nd Street||PK-5||373 (2016-17)||1888|
|Chandler View Elementary School||Cougars||7800 South 25th Street||PK-6||696 (2016-17)||1969|
|Columbian Elementary School||Cobras||330 South 127th Street||K-6||303 (2016-17)||1892|
|Conestoga Magnet Elementary School||Pioneers||2115 Burdette Street||PK-6||373 (2016-17)||1965|
|Crestridge Magnet Center||818 Crestridge Road||PK-6||435 (2016-17)||1961|
|Dodge Elementary School||Wildcats||3520 Maplewood Boulevard||PK-5||388 (2016-17)||1964|
|Druid Hill Elementary School||Dragons||4020 North 30th Street||PK-5||292 (2016-17)||1917|
|Dundee Elementary School||Tigers||310 North 51st Street||K-6||551 (2016-17)||c. 1894|
|Edison Elementary School||Eagles||2302 North 97th Street||PK-6||462 (2016-17)||1966|
|Field Club Elementary School||Falcons||3512 Walnut Street||PK-5||669 (2016-17)||1916|
|Florence Elementary School||Foxes||4301 North 30th Street||K-5||259 (2016-17)||1889|
|Fontenelle Elementary School||Falcons||3905 North 52nd Street||PK-5||594 (2016-17)|
|Franklin Elementary School||3506 Franklin Street||PK-6||253 (2016-17)|
|Fullerton Magnet Center||Falcons||4711 North 138th Street||PK-4||526 (2016-17)|
|Gateway Elementary School||Eagles||5610 South 42nd Street||PK-6||833 (2016-17)||2013|
|Gilder Elementary School||3705 Chandler Road||K-6||399 (2016-17)||1964|
|Gomez Heritage Elementary School||Timberwolves||5101 South 17th Street||PK-4||849 (2016-17)||2004|
|Harrison Elementary School||Tigers||5304 Hamilton Street||K-6||376 (2016-17)||1930|
|Hartman Elementary School||Hawks||5530 North 66th Street||PK-5||483 (2016-17)||1964|
|Highland Elementary School||Roadrunners||2625 Jefferson Street||PK-6||479 (2016-17)|
|Indian Hill Elementary School||3121 U Street||K-6||637 (2016-17)||1890|
|Jackson Elementary School||Jaguars||620 South 31st Street||PK-6||222 (2016-17)|
|Jefferson Elementary School||Jaguars||4065 Vinton Street||K-6||498 (2016-17)||1924|
|Joslyn Elementary School||Jaguars||11220 Blondo Street||PK-6||477 (2016-17)||1976|
|Kellom Elementary School||1311 North 24th Street||PK-6||515 (2016-17)||1952|
|Kennedy Elementary School||Tigers||2906 North 30th Street||PK-5||230 (2016-17)||1916|
|King Elementary School||Cubs||3706 Maple Street||PK-5||375 (2016-17)||1973|
|Liberty Elementary School||Superstars||2021 St. Mary’s Avenue||PK-6||745 (2016-17)||2004|
|Lothrop Magnet Center||Panthers||3300 North 22nd Street||PK-4||254 (2016-17)|
|Masters Elementary School||Monarchs||5505 North 99th Street||K-5||271 (2016-17)||1970|
|Miller Park Elementary School||Simbas||5625 North 28th Avenue||PK-5||368 (2016-17)||1910|
|Minne Lusa Elementary School||Panthers||2728 Ida Street||PK-5||319 (2016-17)||1924|
|Mount View Elementary School||Lions||5322 North 52nd Street||PK-5||374 (2016-17)||1960|
|Oak Valley Elementary School||Owls||3109 Pedersen Drive||PK-6||302 (2016-17)||1963|
|Pawnee Elementary School||Cubs||7310 South 48th Street||PK-6||487 (2016-17)||1966|
|Picotte Elementary School||Pintos||14506 Ohio Street||K-4||324 (2016-17)||1992|
|Pinewood Elementary School||Panthers||6717 North 63rd Street||PK-5||222 (2016-17)|
|Ponca Elementary School||Raccoons||11300 North Post Road||K-5||122 (2016-17)||1871|
|Prairie Wind Elementary School||Stallions||10908 Ellison Avenue||K-5||750 (2016-17)||1994|
|Rose Hill Elementary School||Rams||5605 Corby Street||K-5||298 (2016-17)||1907|
|Saddlebrook Elementary School||Green Wave||14850 Laurel Avenue||PK-5||482 (2016-17)||2009|
|Sherman Elementary School||Sharks||5618 North 14th Avenue||PK-5||205 (2016-17)||1888|
|Skinner Magnet Center||Sky Hawks||4304 North 33rd Street||PK-5||355 (2016-17)||1996|
|Spring Lake Magnet Center||4215 South 20th Street||PK-4||836 (2016-17)||1975|
|Springville Elementary School||Eagles||7400 North 60th Street||K-5||399 (2016-17)||c. 1872|
|Standing Bear Elementary School||Cubs||15860 Taylor Street||PK-4||543 (2016-17)||2005|
|Sunny Slope Elementary School||10820 Old Maple Road||PK-5||424 (2016-17)||c. 1890|
|Wakonda Elementary School||Wildcats||4845 Curtis Avenue||PK-5||350 (2016-17)|
|Walnut Hill Elementary School||Wildcats||4355 Charles Street||PK-6||483 (2016-17)||1888|
|Washington Elementary School||Wildcats||5519 Mayberry Street||PK-6||337 (2016-17)||1923|
|Western Hills Magnet Center||Wildcats||5616 L Street||K-6||256 (2016-17)||1953|
|Wilson Focus School||Lions||5141 F Street||3-6||232 (2016-17)||2008|
|Blackburn Alternative High School||Pride||2606 Hamilton Street||9-12|
|Dr. J. P. Lord School||Pandas||4444 Marinda Street||PK-12+||1938|
|Omaha Public Schools Career Center||3230 Burt Street||10-12|
|Parrish Alternative School||Panthers||4469 Farnam Street||7-12|
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- Education in North Omaha
Notes and references
- The Omaha Channel (June 7, 2005). "OPS Moves Forward With Annexation Plans". KETV (Omaha, Nebraska).
- "Statutes of Nebraska, Section 79-409 - Class V school district; boundaries". State of Nebraska. 1891. Amended 1947, 1949, 1988, 1996.
- "Statutes of Nebraska, Section 79-476 - Class V school district; property subject to school tax; management of affairs of district; independent district; merger; procedure". State of Nebraska. 1891. Amended 1949, 1959, 1996.
- "Statutes of Nebraska, Section 79-535 - Schools within city of the metropolitan class; control". State of Nebraska. 1891. Amended 1901, 1949, 2000.
- Sarah Wilson (February 2, 2006). "Schoolyard Scrap". The Reader (Omaha, Nebraska).
- Ellie Ashford (November 8, 2005). "Omaha, suburban districts embroiled in conflict over annexation plan". National School Boards Association.
- Nebraska merged its former state House of Representatives into its state Senate in 1934; legislators are called "senators".
- "Legislative Bill 1024: An act relating to schools" (PDF). State of Nebraska. 2006. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2006-09-28.
- Sam Dillon (April 15, 2006). "Law to Segregate Omaha Schools Divides Nebraska". New York Times.
- Sen. Ron Raikes (Jan 30, 2005). "Introducer's Statement of Intent, Legislative Bill 1024" (PDF). State of Nebraska.
- "Legislative Journal" (PDF). State of Nebraska. April 6, 2006. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 28, 2006.
- "Legislative Journal" (PDF). State of Nebraska. April 11, 2006. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 28, 2006.
- Sam Dillon (May 17, 2006). "Schools Plan in Nebraska Is Challenged". New York Times.
- Scott Bauer, Associated Press (April 13, 2006). "Omaha schools split along race lines". WTOP, Lincoln, Nebraska.
- Michael Beckel (January 5, 2006). "The Maverick of Omaha". Mother Jones.
- See reference 8.