Education

Education
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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Education
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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Education
10:12 am
Thu June 7, 2012

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

The Nebraska Board of Regents.
courtesy www.nebraska.edu/board

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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Education
1:00 am
Thu June 7, 2012

OPS Superintendent John Mackiel to remain with the district until August 31

OPS Superintendent John Mackiel.
courtesy OPS

Omaha Public Schools Superintendent John Mackiel will stay on the job for two more months.

A news release from OPS says the school board and longtime Superintendent Mackiel have agreed to amend his contract. He’ll remain as Superintendent through August 31st.

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Education
11:18 pm
Mon June 4, 2012

OPS board to conduct another national search, name an interim superintendent

The Omaha Public Schools board will again conduct a national search for a new superintendent.

Board members voted unanimously Monday night to begin a new search. That followed a vote Saturday afternoon to accept the resignation of Nancy Sebring. She was set to become OPS' new superintendent July 1. Sebring resigned after reports surfaced that she sent and received sexually explicit emails from her official Des Moines Public Schools account.

The OPS board will also name an interim superintendent. Right now there's no timeline for that to happen.

Education
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.

Education
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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Education
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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Education
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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Education
1:00 am
Tue May 1, 2012

Two OPS schools recognized for environmentally-conscious efforts

 

Two Omaha schools are among the Department of Education’s green ribbon schools.

Lothrop Magnet Center and Miller Park Elementary received the designations last week. The Department of Education says green ribbon schools are those that practice sustainability, implement recycling and other environmentally-friendly programs, and promote health.

Pam Galus of Lothrop Magnet Center says the school participates in several environmentally-friendly activities, including composting of plant materials, recycling, and collecting eyeglasses.

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