OPS Bonds: Past, Present and Future

Proposed 2018 Bond Issue

The proposed 2018 bond issue would cover the scope of work outlined in Phase 2 of the 2014 Facilities Capital Plan and will alleviate capacity issues the District is experiencing in high growth areas of the city. It will also address items listed as priority one through three in DLR’s 2016 Facilities Condition Assessment presented to the Board of Education in August 2017.  The facilities assessment has allowed OPS to refine capital improvement scopes of work to focus on critical component replacement and develop a schedule of the District’s needs moving forward.  The proposed bond issue will be placed before the voters in May of 2018 in the amount of $409 million.  

Between May 2017 and December 2017, OPS and Jacobs shared with the Board of Education, Steering Committee, Citizen Bond Oversight Committee and the community details regarding the size, scope and timing of the Phase 2 bond program, which is summarized below.  For detailed information regarding the proposed 2018 bond and the current 2014 bond program, please go to bond.ops.org.


Elementary Schools

New

1000 N. Fort Crook Road – South Omaha

10th and Pine Streets – South Omaha

Capital Improvements and Renovations

Adams, Catlin, Conestoga and Martin Luther King Jr.

Capital Improvement, Renovations and Additions


Edison, Highland, Masters, Pinewood and Spring Lake Magnet


Middle Schools

New

42nd and U Streets – South Omaha

Capital Improvements, Renovations and Additions

Lewis and Clark and Morton Magnet


High Schools

New

156th and Ida Streets – Northwest Omaha
(Letter of intent with YMCA of Greater Omaha for a shared facility, which would include a 6-lane pool.)

60th and L Streets – South Omaha

Capital Improvements and Renovations


All seven high schools


Alternative Programs

Capital Improvements and Renovations

Blackburn 

Relocation

Transition Program from the Paralyzed Veterans of America facility and the Career Center to a new location.

 

2014 Bond Issue

The 2014 bond issue covered scope of work outlined in Phase 1 of the 2014 Facilities Capital Plan and was a result of the District’s new five-year Strategic Plan, the new Student Assignment Plan and a RDG assessment of facility needs.  The funds were used first and foremost to address fire, life safety, security and technology needs across the district to bring all schools up to current standards.  In addition, the schools with the highest priority deficiencies would be renovated, including schools that lacked central air conditioning and those that were still functioning in ‘open plan’ concepts from the 1970s.  Land was purchased to build new schools under the Phase 2 bond issue to help alleviate capacity issues and help stem the flow of students opting out to adjacent districts.  The work began in December 2014 and will conclude in August 2020.  The bond passed in November of 2014 in the amount of $421 million.

Elementary Schools

New
 
Belle Ryan, Columbian, J.P. Lord, Western Hills Magnet and Yates

Capital Improvements, Renovations and Additions at ‘Open Plan’ Schools 


Franklin, Joslyn, Lothrop and Sunny Slope

Capital Improvements and Renovations 


Boyd, Crestridge, Dodge, Florence, Gilder, Hartman, Indian Hill, Oak Valley and Ponca

Land Procurement  

For two elementary schools in south Omaha (10th and Pine Streets and 1000 N. Fort Crook Road)

Fire, Life Safety, Security and Technology Upgrade 

All elementary schools


Middle Schools

Capital Improvements and Renovations 

Bryan and Hale

Capital Improvements and Renovations and Additions 

Beveridge Magnet and Norris

Fire, Life Safety, Security and Technology Upgrades

All middle schools

Land Procurement

None.  The new middle school in Phase 2 would be built on property already owned by OPS at 42nd and U Streets.


High Schools

Capital Improvements, Renovations

Central, North and South

Capital Improvements, Renovations and Additions 

CTE Renovation at Benson, additions at Bryan, Burke and Northwest

Fire, Life Safety, Security and Technology Upgrades

All seven high schools and Blackburn Alternative Center

Land Procurement

For two high schools – one in south Omaha (60th and L Streets) and one in northwest Omaha (156th and Ida Streets).


1999 Bond Issue

The 1999 bond issue was the result of the Student Assignment Plan recommendation to bring students back to their neighborhood schools.  The work included additional classrooms, remodeled facilities and new schools to help alleviate portable classrooms.  Jefferson, Harrison, Mount View and Springville were not originally part of the bond, but were added thanks to savings in inflation by reducing the construction schedule and the interest earned.  The bond passed in May of 1999 for a total of $254 million.


Elementary Schools

New

Druid Hill, Gomez Heritage, Liberty, Mount View in collaboration with Boys and Girls Club

Capital Improvements 

Jackson, Saratoga, Sherman and Washington

Capital Improvements with Additions 

Beals, Belvedere, Castelar, Chandler View, Fontenelle, Jefferson, Harrison, Kennedy, Miller Park, Rose Hill, Springville, Wakonda and Walnut Hill


Middle Schools

New 

Buffett Magnet

Capital Improvements with Additions 

King Science and Technology Center, McMillan Magnet and R.M. Marrs Magnet


High Schools

Additions with Building and HVAC Upgrades 

Bryan, Burke, Central and Northwest Magnet

Purchases

The Mills Building (4301 N. 30 St.) was purchased and remodeled as a temporary location for schools being remodeled under the 1999 bond and any future bond issue.