Omaha Public Radio News
Mon March 14, 2011
$800,000 donation would keep Underwood Hills focus school open three more years
By Katie Knapp Schubert
Omaha, NE – An anonymous donor has offered $800,000 to keep Omaha's Underwood Hills Focus School open at least three more years.
That donation was discussed at an Omaha Public Schools committee meeting Monday. Underwood Hills is in danger of closing after this school year. The Elkhorn School District, one of three school districts that funds Underwood Hills, pulled out of the program. That left OPS and Westside to fund the school.
OPS Superintendent John Mackiel says the district is looking for space within the district to relocate the school for the 2011-12 school year. District officials will spend the next two weeks surveying parents of Underwood Hills students and doing an analysis of possible locations for the school.
The OPS Curriculum, Americanism, Research and Education Committee could vote March 28th on the issue.
Underwood Hills has 160 students. Its focus is technology and communication.