An Omaha Public Schools Assistant Superintendent is among the three finalists for the District’s new leader.
The OPS board announced the finalist candidates Tuesday morning. One is ReNae Kehrberg, OPS’ Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Learning. Daniel Nerad, the Superintendent of the Madison Metropolitan School District in Wisconsin, and Nancy Sebring, the Superintendent of the Des Moines Public Schools, are the other two candidates.
Meet-and-greet sessions with the candidates will be held Wednesday through Friday.
US News and World Report has ranked five UNO graduate programs in the top 20 nationally.
John Bartle is the Acting Dean for the College of Public Affairs and Community Service at UNO. He says the rankings show how strong UNO is at the graduate level.
Bartle says the rankings are done by deans and directors of graduate programs. Five programs within public administration were recognized, including criminology and criminal justice, social work and business.
The Omaha Public Schools board will begin interviews this Friday of six candidates for superintendent.
Board members met Monday afternoon with consultant Marvin Edwards of Hazard, Young, Attea and Associates. Last fall, the board selected the Chicago-based firm to lead the search for OPS' new superintendent. John Mackiel plans to retire at the end of this school year after nearly four decades with OPS.
Board members will interview candidates Friday and Saturday. They'll narrow the list to three finalists, who will be interviewed next weekend.
UNMC rose in the 2013 US News and World Report rankings of the nation’s top medical schools.
Chancellor Harold Maurer says out of the 149 medical schools surveyed in the latest rankings, UNMC ranked sixth in primary care, up from seventh last year. He says 83% of the students who attend medical school at UNMC are from Nebraska and many opt to work in the state when they finish school.
Chancellor Maurer says he’s especially proud of the rural medicine program which tied for 12th this year, up from 15th last year.
Senator Brad Ashford introduced LB 1144 in the legislature.
He says the bill is part of the education priority package of bills that will be voted on by the legislature in the next few weeks. Senator Ashford says the bill supports and encourages the creation of career academies for Nebraska.
He says a career academy is a stand alone educational school that would provide courses and a pathway to employment for those students who do not seek a traditional college education.
A Bachelors Degree in emergency management could soon be offered at the University of Nebraska-Omaha.
The program would be offered as a Bachelor of Science Degree. John Bartle, acting dean of UNO’s College of Public Affairs and Community Service, says a degree in emergency management is critical given recent natural and man made disasters. “Unfortunately these emergencies seem to be with us. It’s a profession that is evolving, and increasingly there’s a need for higher level education, more than just training, but education for people in this field.”
A recent survey done by Bellevue University shows 2 out of 3 people who don’t have a degree are thinking about going back to school.
Dr. Mary Hawkins, President of Bellevue University, says the purpose of the study was to understand the thoughts, motives and concerns of adults who have thought about going back to college and why they aren’t doing so.
Omaha Public Schools officials don’t anticipate that budget cuts will be needed in the 2012-2013 spending plan.
OPS board members were updated Wednesday on the preliminary revenue forecast for the 2012-13 budget. Assistant Superintendent Dennis Pool says that forecast shows OPS will receive$9.9 million more in state aid next fiscal year. State aid certification will happen in May.