OPS Board Considers Improvement Plan

The Omaha Public School District has some ambitious plans for improvements on the table. The board aired-out a proposed $682 million bond issue Monday night.

The money would go toward renovations and upgrades in schools around the district.

To pay for that, property taxes would have to go up.

Parents and community members had a chance to address the proposals Monday and opinions touched on topics ranging from the price tag to the programs and facilities.

One person told the board, "I cannot imagine any vote passing in southwest Omaha at this time without real consideration given to Burke."

Another turned the spotlight past the mainstream classrooms saying, “I urge you to not forget about the students who receive special education services."

Yet another addressed the cost and method of financing, asking, “What is the long-term financial plan for the district. Is there one? Or will issuing bonds be the only solution sought?"

The board will continue to gather information in the weeks ahead before settling on a formal proposal.

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