Education
1:00 am
Wed August 1, 2012

OPS introduces interim superintendent

The new interim superintendent of the Omaha Public Schools says she has three priorities moving forward.

Virginia Moon was introduced Tuesday, one day after the OPS board voted 8-4 to hire her as interim superintendent. Moon spent the past two years as interim superintendent in Broken Bow. Prior to that, she was the Ralston Public Schools’ leader for 11 years.

Moon says her first goal will be to get OPS “back to business” following recent controversies. "The second thing, of course, is to keep the ship afloat. We’ve got a lot of work to do, we’ve got a lot of students who are depending on us. And the third thing, which is probably the most important of all the jobs I’ll have this year, is to help assure a smooth transition to the new superintendent, a permanent superintendent."

Moon says she believes OPS will overcome the recent scrutiny surrounding the search for a permanent superintendent. She plans to have an active role in the district during the next school year.

An OPS spokesman says negotiations on a contract with Moon are nearing completion. Her start date could be determined at Monday night’s board meeting.