1:00 am
Tue June 26, 2012

OPS Board approves profile, application for interim superintendent

The Omaha Public Schools board is moving ahead in its search for an interim superintendent.

Board members approved an interim superintendent candidate profile and application during a special meeting Monday afternoon. The board is working with the Nebraska Council of School Administrators and American Association of School Administrators to find interim superintendent candidates.

The four-page application and one-page profile will now be used to find candidates for the interim position, which will be filled by September first.

5:06 am
Wed June 20, 2012

UNO Hosts Conference of Metropolitan Universities

“A Love of Place: The Metropolitan Advantage” is the theme of the 2015 conference of the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities.

UNO will host the conference.  Chancellor John Christensen says the coalition is comprised of 70 institutions across the country. 

He says between 250 and 350 leaders from those universities attend the conference each year. 

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2:50 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Lewis and Clark summer school students learn life, college skills at UNO program


80 students from Omaha’s Lewis and Clark Middle School are spending the week at UNO, learning college and life skills.

The four-day program, which began Tuesday, incorporates arts, music, activities at UNO’S HPER building, and academics. The middle school students spend the week with UNO faculty, staff, and College of Education students.

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12:13 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

New name, logo, slogan for a Sarpy County school district

A Sarpy County school district has a new name.

South Sarpy District 46 is now Springfield Platteview Community Schools. The name change followed public meetings and a board vote.

Brett Richards, incoming superintendent of Springfield Platteview Community Schools, says the new name was chosen in part because of the district’s role in the Learning Community.

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10:12 am
Thu June 7, 2012

Board of Regents to vote on employee-plus-one plan, tuition increase

The Nebraska Board of Regents.

The Nebraska Board of Regents will vote Friday on a plan that would extend employee health insurance benefits to same-sex partners.

The so-called “employee plus-one” plan is among the items on Friday’s Board agenda. Under the plan, an employee could elect to have health care coverage for their partner, as well as their partner’s dependent children. Couples in both same-sex and opposite-sex domestic partnerships could take part.

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5:48 pm
Sat June 2, 2012

Incoming OPS superintendent resigns

The OPS board accepted Nancy Sebring's resignation during a special meeting Saturday.
Katie Schubert/KIOS-FM

The Omaha Public Schools board will once again be looking for a new superintendent.

The board voted 9-1 Saturday afternoon, with two members absent, to accept Nancy Sebring's resignation. Board member Justin Wayne voted no. Sebring, the former Des Moines Public Schools superintendent, notified the board Saturday morning she'd resign following reports that she sent and received sexually explicit emails from her school district account.

Sebring was set to begin work July first, taking over for retiring superintendent John Mackiel.

9:18 am
Thu May 24, 2012

C4K On Display focuses on life skills, leadership

An Omaha educator says he hopes the College for Kids program can expand and offer more opportunities to young men.

Paul Bryant is the former executive director of Wesley House. He also leads an organization called the Leadership Institute for Urban Education. For the past two years, Bryant has worked with young black men from north Omaha on leadership, business, etiquette, and public speaking. Saturday, the 25 young men in the College for Kids program at UNO will present financial portfolio proposals to a panel of business experts.

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5:06 am
Wed May 16, 2012

Former Omaha Mayor Mike Fahey makes a major gift to UNO's Political Science Department

Former Mayor Mike Fahey

Former Omaha mayor Mike Fahey is putting his support toward the University of Nebraska Foundation and UNO’s Department of Political Science.

Randall Adkins, Chair of the Political Science Department, says Fahey’s gift will allow the department to do three things.  He says the department will develop a course in Omaha city government and politics.  

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3:21 pm
Mon May 14, 2012

D.J.'s Hero Awards honor young people who have overcome obstacles, given back to the community

Bob and Lee Woodruff speak Monday at the D.J.'s Hero Awards luncheon in Omaha.
photo by Katie Schubert/KIOS-FM

Seven high school seniors are the recipients of this year’s DJ’s Hero awards.

The scholarships were awarded at Monday’s D.J.’s Hero Awards luncheon. The awards, sponsored by the Salvation Army, honor young people who’ve overcome obstacles and given back to their community.

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8:19 am
Mon May 14, 2012

Springfield Community Schools? South Sarpy district considers changing its name

The South Sarpy School District could soon have a new name.

The District 46 school board will hold a public meeting Monday about a possible name change. The board is considering two options: Springfield Community Schools, or Springfield Platteview Community Schools.

Director of Operations Brett Richards says the school district needs a clear identity, something it doesn't have with its current name. South Sarpy is part of the Learning Community, and Richards says a more specific name would help the school district attract students. 

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