The superintendent of the Des Moines Public Schools is OPS’ choice for its new leader.
The OPS board voted Monday to hire Nancy Sebring as superintendent. Sebring has served as superintendent in Des Moines for the past six years. 11 board members voted in favor of Sebring, with board member Nancy Kratky not voting.
Sebring will take over following the retirement of John Mackiel at the end of this school year.
The OPS board will meet Monday night in closed session to discuss the terms of Sebring’s contract.
The Omaha Public Schools board has a special meeting Monday at noon to discuss and possibly vote on a superintendent candidate finalist.
OPS held public meetings last week with the three superintendent candidates. Wednesday, OPS’ current Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Learning, ReNae Kehrberg, took questions. Thursday’s meet and greet was with Daniel Nerad, superintendent of the Madison Metropolitan School District in Wisconsin. Last Friday, Des Moines Public Schools superintendent Nancy Sebring took questions on the achievement gap, leadership, and testing.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to build a new, three-mile long levee near Nebraska City.
The $12.9 million project will re-align levee L-575 along Highway 2. It’ll be built further away from the Missouri River than the existing section of levee. Once it’s built, the existing levee at that location in Fremont County, Iowa, will be torn down. The Corps of Engineers awarded a contract earlier this week for the levee setback project.
Omaha Police are investigating a carjacking Thursday night on the University of Nebraska at Omaha campus.
The incident happened just after 7 PM Thursday. Police say the victim, 57-year-old Barbara Simcoe, was in her vehicle and had the door open. The suspect allegedly approached her vehicle, displayed a knife, and told her to get out of the car. Police say the suspect pulled Simcoe from her car and took off in the vehicle, a white 2000 Subaru Legacy Wagon.
Simcoe is an associate professor of art and art history at UNO.
A new study shows Omaha’s Midtown Crossing generated more than $26 million dollars in tax revenue for the city and state over the past five years, with an overall economic impact of $729 million during that time.
The U.S. Olympic Swim Trials return to Omaha in late June.
Omaha hosted the Swim Trials in 2008. It’s the biggest competition before the Olympics, which are in London this year. Frank Busch, national team director for USA Swimming, says so far this year 1,600 athletes have met qualifying standards. 1,100 athletes came to Omaha in 2008 for the Trials.
Busch says Omaha was a perfect location in 2008 for the Swim Trials. The CenturyLink Center arena and convention halls were converted to accommodate the Swim Trials, complete with practice pools.
Experimental percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani performs at the Bemis Center Saturday, April 7th.
Joel Damon, Underground Curator, says Nakatani plays a traditional gong with a bow. He says it creates an atmospheric sound that can be felt and experienced on multiple levels.
Damon says Nakatani also plays singing bowls, and uses cymbals in new ways. He says the Bemis is always interested in performers and artists who may not fit comfortably within traditional concert venues.
The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule by the end of June on President Obama’s health care overhaul law.
Justices heard three days of arguments from the U.S. Solicitor General and from Attorneys General who sued to have the health care law thrown out. 26 states, including Nebraska, are part of the lawsuit.