It's been a difficult few months for Omaha Public Schools with long-time superintendent, John Mackiel, retiring and soon after a scandal and resignation from the new hire. Now Dr. Virginia Moon is taking over as interim and she laid out her goals Monday for the next 12 months.
"Certainly these are all intended to be transitional goals, to help us get from where we are now until you have a more permanent superintendent in place," said Dr. Moon at the meeting.
Moon brings a lot of experience, serving as Ralston's superintendent for years and most recently, as an interim for Broken Bow Schools.
"We have an excellent opportunity now to really invest in making OPS the best that we can be," said school board president Freddie Gray.
Dr. Moon's first goal is learning about the district. She would like audits done on areas, including management and the curriculum.
The second goal is strategic planning, both at the board level and in each department.
The third goal is reorganization at the Central Office.
The fourth and final goal is to reach out to the community, building connections with local, state and national groups. "We need to work really hard at becoming a part of the fabric of the community," said Moon. "It really does take a village to raise a child, and we have many, many people in the community who will help."
Board members say the goals are concrete and seem doable in the year ahead. "I compliment you on a very succinct plan of action, and I think it should work out well," said board member, Mary Morrissey.
In the end, the main concern is shared by everyone. "At the end of the day, it's all about providing the very best education, that we possibly can for all of our students, each and evry one," said Dr. Moon.