OPS committee votes to keep focus school open

Omaha, NE – The Omaha Public School district plans to keep the Underwood Hills Focus School open for the next three years.

An OPS committee voted Monday to re-open the focus school in the current Wilson Middle School building at 51st and F Streets next year. An $800,000 grant from the Sherwood Foundation will keep the school open three more years.

Bret Anderson, principal of Underwood Hills, says he's proud to lead the first focus school with an extended day and year. The theme of Underwood Hills Focus School is leadership through technology and communication.

Underwood Hills faced closure following this school year after one of the three districts involved in the school ended its support. The building that currently houses Underwood Hills is in the Westside school district.

In a separate decision, the committee voted to move the alternative programs currently at Wilson back in to the district middle schools. Both the focus school program and the movement of the alternative programs are awaiting board approval.