OPS considering a smaller bond proposal

Aug 15, 2014

The Omaha Public Schools board is considering a scaled-back bond proposal.

At a board workshop Thursday, board members discussed the $421 million plan. That’s significantly less than a $683 million proposal the board was considering.

Under the new plan, OPS would spend $259.7 million on capital improvements and renovations. Those include replacing Belle Ryan, Columbian, Western Hills, and Yates elementary schools. Renovations would take place at several other schools.

$131 million would go toward fire, life safety, and technology upgrades across all OPS schools. An additional $30 million would be spent on acquiring land for four new schools.

OPS must approve a bond issue by August 29th for it to appear on the November 4th general election ballot.