OPS Board Mulls Over Bond Issue

The Omaha public School Board has a tough financial problem to solve.

A study revealed the district needs to dramatically upgrade several schools and build new ones.

Another meeting on Monday where discussion continued on a possible $683 million bond issue to pay for the changes.

The study originally called for a $1.1 billion plan.

One way that figure was reduced was by paring down the number of new school construction from 14 to six.

Board members want more information before signing off on the largest bond issue in district history.

"I struggle with some of the pieces that aren't there and things that are there instead," Board Member Marion Fey said.

"This is a huge decision but at the end of the day, we're responsible for these students and to their education and to their families and we're striving to be the district that everybody wants to get to," Board Member Yolanda Williams said.

Recommendations call for building two new elementary schools, a middle school and a high school all in south Omaha along with a new high school in west Omaha.

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