Candidates who want to be the interim leader of the Omaha Public Schools should have no desire to keep the job over the long term.
The Omaha school board held a special meeting Monday to decide what experience and characteristics it wants in the district's interim superintendent.
The board stipulated that candidates for the interim post should have experience as a superintendent or as an interim superintendent.
“We need a superintendent always who has experience,” said Freddie Gray, school board president. “That's what our staff deserves and our community.”
The OPS board is looking for an interim leader to replace Superintendent John Mackiel, who is retiring in August.
In April, the board hired Nancy Sebring, then the superintendent of Des Moines Public Schools, but she resigned from the Omaha job earlier this month after sexually explicit emails sent from her workplace account became public.
The school board's list of desired characteristics in an interim superintendent would appear to rule out one previous finalist: ReNae Kehrberg, OPS assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction. Kehrberg has never been a district superintendent nor has she worked as an interim superintendent.
The board also wants the person to have experience with urban populations and be “well respected with high integrity.”
The board on Monday also approved the application for the interim superintendent.
The board is consulting with other organizations in the search for an interim leader, including the Nebraska Council of School Administrators and the Nebraska Association of School Boards.
Mike Dulaney, the administrators group's executive director, planned to send a note today to all his counterparts across the country, telling them about the OPS opening.
He also planned to call his fellow directors in surrounding states.
Last week, Dulaney said, at least two people inquired about the interim position.
The interim leader will handle day-to-day operations as the OPS board conducts a national search for a superintendent. The board plans to seek proposals from consultants to conduct the search.
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