Governor Signs OPS Board Downsize

By: WOWT Email
By: WOWT Email

Governor Dave Heineman signed a bill on Monday that reduces the Omaha Public Schools board from 12-to-9 members. Elections will be held in May.

Nebraska senators gave final approval Monday to LB-125 by a vote of 44-4.

The bill by Sen. Scott Lautenbaugh of Omaha will shrink the board from 12 members to nine, and draw new election district boundaries.

It also will force all nine board members to appear on the ballot during Omaha's city elections in May.

In subsequent years, board members will stand for election during statewide general elections.

Nebraska's largest school district has faced criticism after four new members and two who were re-elected missed a crucial deadline to take their oath of office.

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