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The 2014 bond addressed fire, life safety, security, technology upgrades and additions to some existing schools to address student capacity issues. Replacement of existing schools that would have been too costly to renovate was also included. This bond will help address the continued student population growth the district is experiencing in northwest and south Omaha and complete renovations needed at nine elementary schools, two middle schools, the seven high schools and Blackburn Alternative School. The plan would also utilize funds to complete tenant improvement work needed to accommodate the relocation of the OPS Transition Program from the Paralyzed Veterans Program (PVA) and the OPS Career Center. Additionally, five new schools – two elementary, one middle and two high schools – would be built.

Elementary school demographics:  
  The 2017 - 2018 kindergarten class size is the largest since 1970
    -- K-5 growth is up 2.2 percent over the last seven years
    --K-5 neighborhood population attending regular school over the last seven years has increased more than 4 percent in south Omaha and 3 percent in north Omaha. 
    --It has decreased just over 3 percent in west Omaha.
    --K-5 growth is projected to increase 3 to 4 percent over the next five to seven years.
Middle school demographics:  
    --6-8 enrollment is up 11.6 percent over the last seven years.
    --6-8 neighborhood population attending regular school over the last seven years has increased nearly 17 percent in south Omaha, 13 percent in north Omaha and 4 percent in west Omaha.
    --6-8 Growth is projected to increase by 3 to 4 percent over the next five years.
High School demographic consideration:  
    --9-12 enrollment is up 6.6 percent over the past seven years.
    --9-12 neighborhood population attending regular schools over the last seven years has increased by 19 percent in south Omaha, 2 percent in north Omaha and 9 percent in west Omaha.
    --9-12 population is projected to increase by 7 percent over the next five years.

The bond issue will cost $409.9 million.

The owner of a $150,000 home would see their OPS share of property taxes go up $105 a year, which equates to $2.01 per week - less than the cost of a gallon of milk.

During the May 15, 2018 primary election. A simple majority is required to pass it.

The Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee has overseen the Phase 1 bond program since it started and will continue to oversee the Phase 2 bond issue to ensure that the district stays within budget.

Common renovations include boiler, chillers, cooling tower and energy management systems replacements, interior/exterior lighting, electrical switch panels, roofs, windows, doors and frames and cosmetic repairs as needed to support above work. Where necessary to address capacity issues, additions will be added.

Elementary: Adams, Catlin, Conestoga, Edison, Highland, King, Masters, Pinewood and Spring Lake Magnet with additions at Edison, Highland, Masters, Pinewood and Spring Lake Magnet
Middle: Lewis & Clark and Morton Magnet Middle Schools with additions at both
High/Alternative: All seven high schools and Blackburn Alternative School and relocate the OPS Transition Program

Elementary Schools: $41,338,898
Middle Schools: $29,612,160
High Schools, Blackburn Alternative School and relocate the OPS Transition Program:$69,215,592

Additions to be completed at Edison, Highland, Masters Pinewood and Spring Lake Magnet Elementary Schools and Lewis & Clark and Morton Magnet Middle Schools.

New schools to increase capacity in high growth areas

Elementary (two in south Omaha): $42,966,000
Middle (one in south Omaha): $42,358,400
High: (one in northwest Omaha, one in south Omaha): $184,484,791

Elementary Schools: 10th and Pine Streets and 1000 N. Fort Crook Road
Middle Schools: 42nd and U Streets
High Schools: 60th and L Streets and 156th and Ida Streets

All 2014 Phase 1 bond program work is scheduled to be completed during the 2019-2020 school year. For the Phase 2 bond issue, it will depend on the final master schedule; however, bond programs typically span a five-year period.

Yes. It has been on budget and on schedule since it started.

A letter of intent was sent to the YMCA of Greater Omaha by the Board of Education to negotiate and enter into a written agreement to construct a shared facility, which would include a 6-lane pool at 156th and Ida Streets. The agreement is contingent upon the passing of the Phase 2 bond issue.

The 2014 bond issue eliminated the need for 60 elementary school portables, 23 middle school portables and 12 high school portables. The second bond issue will also help eliminate additional portables at each grade level, but will not eliminate the need for portables.

The district will need to use more of its general fund dollars to complete the necessary repairs to keep schools fully operational. More portable classrooms would be needed to relieve overcrowded schools. The district would not have enough funds to complete all the needed work.

Phase 2 Bond Information
  •  Phase 2 Bond Issue FAQ
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Phase 2 Recommended Facilities Capital Plan
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