OPS Board Approves Phase One of Bond Plan

Voters in the Omaha Public School District will get a chance to weigh-in on a major bond issue.

The OPS Board of Education voted unanimously Thursday night to submit the plan to the ballot.

This is a $421 million bond proposal.

The district will now deliver the resolution to the Douglas County Election Commission for placement on the November 4, 2014 general election ballot.

In theory, the bond issue would be the first of two. As phase one of a district improvement plan, the board hopes to use the money for security and technology upgrades, as well as renovation and replacements of several facilities.

Under the plan, OPS would then ask voters to approve a $377 million bond in May of 2017. That figure covers more improvements and the construction of the new schools.

The combined bond cost is well below the original needs assessment, which totaled more than $1.1 billion. After trimming it down to $683 million, the board developed the two-phase plan based on dialogue with community members and business leaders.


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