OPS board picks new Subdistrict 9 member

Oct 29, 2013

The Omaha Public Schools board has a new member.

Anthony Vargas was chosen Monday night to fill the Subdistrict 9 seat on the OPS board. He was one of four applicants for the position, which came open after Sarah Brumfield resigned.

Vargas says OPS should invest in reading and literacy at early elementary levels.

"That’s a place I would over-emphasize and over-invest resources in as well, because it’s a lot harder to catch up in middle school, is it possible, yes, but we need to over-invest as early as possible so we are getting underneath the literacy gap that exists."

Vargas is a New York native and former teacher. He now serves as an education consultant and policy analyst.

Subdistrict 9 includes seven schools, including South High Magnet School.