Education

Education
9:24 am
Thu February 23, 2012

Omaha Public Schools begins 2012-13 budget process

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.

Education
5:06 am
Tue February 14, 2012

UNO announces a major gift toward academic success

Sapp Fieldhouse

UNO’s Athletic Department recently received a leadership gift from Brian and Carey Hamilton. 

Trev Alberts, UNO’s Athletic Director, says the money will be used for a student academic success center.  

He says the department’s focus right now is to look programmatically at how they can help students and coaches be successful at Division 1. 

Alberts says the university’s move to Division 1 means more competition and accountability.  He says that’s why it’s important that the department administratively supports the student-athletes and coaches.

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Education
1:00 am
Mon February 13, 2012

Omaha's Burke High School to get video board from Rosenblatt Stadium

Omaha's Rosenblatt Stadium hosted the NCAA College World Series for more than six decades until its closure in 2010.
photo courtesy Google Images

 

The video board from Omaha’s landmark Rosenblatt Stadium will soon have a new home.

Burke High School will have the video board in time for the Nebraska state track meet May 18th. Bob Danenhauer, supervisor of athletics for the Omaha Public Schools,  says it’ll cost $400,000 to locate the video board at Burke, which will be paid for with donations.

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Education
2:56 pm
Fri February 10, 2012

Creighton University's new president gives his first convocation address

Creighton University president Fr. Timothy Lannon.
photo courtesy Creighton University

Creighton University’s new president says long-term strategic and financial planning are important to the school’s success.

Father Timothy Lannon gave his first convocation address earlier this week. He’s the first Creighton University alumnus to serve as the school’s president. He says 25 percent of this year’s freshman class at Creighton University are first-generation college students. They’re fron all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and 38 countries.

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Education
3:18 pm
Thu February 9, 2012

Project Interfaith offers multiple programs dealing with children, families and faith

Project Interfaith is offering children’s story time and show and tell Sundays at 3:00 at the Bookworm through March 4th. 

Each week of the story time features a different religion.  Beth Katz, Executive Director for Project Interfaith, says more than 60 people attended the first event last Sunday.

She says the events offer a great opportunity for parents and children to learn more about the diversity of beliefs and cultures present in our community and the world.

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Education
5:06 am
Mon February 6, 2012

UNO Celebrates Black History Month with Educational and Entertaining Events

UNO is celebrating Black History Month with three public events.

Helen Kang is the Assistant Director for Cultural Programming at UNO.  She says the process of choosing events begins with reaching out to student and community groups.  After the Black History Month committee is formed, the brainstorming session begins. 

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Omaha Public Radio News
3:09 pm
Wed January 18, 2012

Committee hears legislation cutting the size of Omaha Public Schools Board

Omaha, NE – The Omaha Public Schools board is opposing two measures that would cut the size of school boards.

Senator Scott Lautenbaugh's bill had its first hearing in a Unicameral committee meeting Wednesday. In addition to cutting the board to five members from its current 12, the legislation would also pay board members $20,000 and limit them to two four-year terms.

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Omaha Public Radio News
3:15 pm
Tue January 17, 2012

January is National Mentoring Month

Omaha, NE – The Midlands Mentoring Partnership estimates 35,000 youth in the Omaha metro need mentors.

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Omaha Public Radio News
10:54 am
Thu January 5, 2012

One year later, Millard South marks anniversary of deadly school shooting

Omaha, NE – It was one year ago Thursday that former Millard South High School assistant principal Vicky Kaspar was shot and killed by a former student.

The shooting happened January 5, 2011 at about 12:45 pm. 17-year-old Robert Butler Junior, who had been suspended, went to the school's administrative office to talk to Kaspar. He shot Kaspar and principal Curtis Case. Butler was found dead in a vehicle near the school a short time later. Kaspar died that evening and Case was seriously injured.

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Omaha Public Radio News
8:01 pm
Wed December 21, 2011

OPS board gets superintendent leadership profile

Omaha, NE – Stakeholders in the Omaha Public Schools district want a new superintendent who's approachable, fully involved in the community, and focused on students.

Those are some of the results from 1,090 responses received during public forums and from an online survey. Consulting firm Hazard, Young, Attea and Associates used those responses to shape a leadership profile presented to the OPS board Wednesday.

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