On Monday the Nebraska Governor and State Legislature mandated that a new round of elections for the Omaha Public School Board be held this spring. This has left many to wonder what this means for Sarpy County since OPS dips south of Harrison Street.
The OPS school board primary and general election will coincide with the Omaha city elections in April and May. The Sarpy County Election Commissioner’s Office says even with this short notice, it poses no problem.
Since the state required the OPS school board to shrink from 12 to nine members, a new map was drawn. Part of the 8th District seat dips into Sarpy County. If only one or two candidates file for that seat, then a primary would not be necessary since either one or two candidates would advance to the general election.
By the way, the deadline to file for any of the nine seats is March 1.
Sarpy County’s contribution to the election will cost $7,000-10,000. Both county election commissioners have been coordinating some of the logistics. One possibility is to have Douglas County print the ballots for Sarpy County. This would save money since Sarpy County would not have to seek a vendor on its own to get the ballots.