Education
8:17 am
Mon February 3, 2014

OPS reorganizing central office staff

26 Omaha Public Schools staff in the Department of Student and Family Services will be moved out of the central office.

OPS announced the staff realignment last week. Superintendent Mark Evans says a district needs analysis and research showed more support was needed directly in the schools, with staff and principals.

"What you really need is someone who can work arm-in-arm with them, walk the hallways, sit in meetings, on school improvement planning teams, and help those schools improve, and support them, and also to hold them to high expectations. So we actually reduced central staff, but yet increased our support for schools."

Evans says seven positions were eliminated with the realignment. Four executive director positions are being created.

OPS is also creating an Office of Equity and Diversity.