Politics & Elections
10:38 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Nine-member OPS board seated

The Omaha Public Schools board of education now officially has nine members.

The nine members of the OPS board gather for a photo after taking the oath of office Monday night.
The nine members of the OPS board gather for a photo after taking the oath of office Monday night.
Credit Katie Knapp Schubert / KIOS-FM

The smaller school board resulted from LB 125, passed earlier this year by the Nebraska Legislature. It cut the number of seats on the OPS board from 12 to 9.  Interim superintendent Virginia Moon administered the oath of office Monday to the new OPS board.

“It’s an awesome responsibility and 50,000 students are counting on you to care about them every single day and when you come together and act as a board.”

Board member Marian Fey said the oath was largely symbolic.

“With the passage of LB 125, the requirement for the oath was eliminated, but this board felt that I think just to put a ceremonial period on the election and really bring things to a formal commencement that we would go ahead and take the oath of office.”

Justin Wayne and Lou Ann Goding were selected as board president and vice-president, respectively. The new OPS board’s first regular meeting is next Monday.