John Mackiel will stay on as Omaha Public Schools superintendent through Aug. 31, but a commitment to teach at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln will prevent him from remaining longer, the district announced Wednesday.
Mackiel was due to hand over the superintendent duties July 1 to Nancy Sebring, who resigned Saturday over the discovery of explicit emails she sent using the Des Moines Public Schools system when she was superintendent there.
For Sebring’s first two months, Mackiel would have become a “liaison consultant” under the terms of his contract.
The district’s legal counsel is working on an amended contract that will have Mackiel remain as superintendent until Aug. 31, said Kailyn Watson, OPS spokeswoman. The Omaha school board is expected to vote on the amended contract at its June 18 meeting, Watson said.
The school board still intends to appoint an interim superintendent while it conducts a national search for Mackiel’s permanent replacement.
The board has not reached a decision about which firm it will hire to guide the
— Jeffrey Robb