The Nebraska Legislature and Gov. Heineman abruptly wiped out the entire Omaha Public School Board recently and ordered a new election. The number of seats was reduced from 12 to 9. So far, District 8 has no candidate and the deadline to file is Friday.
A great deal of District 8 goes beyond the Omaha border, maybe that’s the reason it's not getting as much attention. Omaha Bryan High School actually sits in the city of Bellevue. Jenny Curtis has a student at Bryan. Her social media connections informed her of the lack of interest in District 8 and that worries her.
“When I saw it on Facebook it really surprised me. It's like in south Omaha, I grew up here. Everybody cared. Everybody took an interest. It just doesn't seem like it anymore."
Boundaries for the Omaha School Board had to be reset after the board went from 12 members to nine. Douglas County Election Commissioner Dave Phipps believes someone will file before the deadline.
“Yes, we've seen them file late, that's not unusual for a race like this where nobody would file. Normally, you would see the incumbent file or at least somebody if the incumbent decided they weren't going to."
The primary election for the Omaha School Board will be held April 2.
Election officials say if no one files, any write-in candidates must file 10 days before the election.
If no one runs as a write-in, the school board would fill the vacancy.
Since the Omaha School District dips into Sarpy County, the Sarpy County election commissioner is preparing to hold primary and general elections just for the District 8 vote.
There will be no primary vote necessary unless three or more candidates file because two candidates move on to the general election.