Three community meetings will be held next week so that the public may weigh in on Omaha Public Schools’ Facilities Master Plan.
Mark Evans, OPS Superintendent, says the purpose of the meetings is to get a thorough and thoughtful analysis of almost 90 schools.
He says OPS is interested in hearing opinions not only from experts, such as architects and designers, but also from parents, teachers, staff and community members.
Evans says it’s important to get everyone’s input because different people have different priorities.
"They’re going to do a review of what they know today about enrollment, overcrowded schools, schools that haven’t been renovated or how long it’s been. They will do a broad based overview, discuss different options with the group and then break them into table talk."
Evans says each table will have a facilitator who will listen, take notes and answer any questions the table might have.
OPS’ Master Plan Community Meetings take place Tuesday, May 6th at South High, on Wednesday, May 7th at Burke High and on Thursday, May 8th at Benson High. All three meetings are held from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.