The former leader of the Ralston Public Schools will be OPS’ new interim superintendent.


Building Bright Futures plans to add a school-based health center at Bryan High School.

It’ll be the second facility located in an OPS high school, and the eighth school-based health center. Jeanee Weiss, Director of Healthy Futures for Building Bright Futures, says the seven existing sites served 4,300 children and families last school year. In addition to medical care, staff at the health centers can provide referrals and help families get enrolled in programs such as Medicaid.

The Omaha Public Schools board will use a consulting firm from the Chicago area to assist with its second search for a new superintendent.

OPS board members voted Monday night to hire Proact Search of Wilmette, Illinois.  The school district is once again searching for a new superintendent following the resignation in early June of Nancy Sebring. She was to begin her new job as OPS superintendent July first, but resigned following reports that she used her Des Moines Public Schools email account to send sexually explicit messages.

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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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.

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.

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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.

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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The superintendent of the Des Moines Public Schools is OPS’ choice for its new leader.

The OPS board voted Monday to hire Nancy Sebring as superintendent. Sebring has served as superintendent in Des Moines for the past six years. 11 board members voted in favor of Sebring, with board member Nancy Kratky not voting.

Sebring will take over following the retirement of John Mackiel at the end of this school year.

The OPS board will meet Monday night in closed session to discuss the terms of Sebring’s contract.

The Omaha Public Schools board has a special meeting Monday at noon to discuss and possibly vote on a superintendent candidate finalist.

OPS held public meetings last week with the three superintendent candidates. Wednesday, OPS’ current Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Learning, ReNae Kehrberg, took questions. Thursday’s meet and greet was with Daniel Nerad, superintendent of the Madison Metropolitan School District in Wisconsin. Last Friday, Des Moines Public Schools superintendent Nancy Sebring took questions on the achievement gap, leadership, and testing.