OPS calls special board meeting - Omaha.com
Published Sunday, July 29, 2012 at 12:30 am / Updated at 12:53 am
OPS calls special board meeting

The Omaha school board has called a special meeting for Monday to discuss events of the past week and, possibly, to select an interim superintendent.

In a notice distributed Saturday, the board said the purpose of the special meeting is “to discuss recent records releases, and board policy related to such releases.”

The notice also said the Omaha Public Schools board would discuss “and take possible action on an interim superintendent.”

Board President Freddie Gray called the meeting. She was out of town last week, and further details about the meeting were not available. Last week The World-Herald reported that Gray and board counsel Elizabeth Eynon-Kokrda withheld information from other board members about Nancy Sebring's personal email correspondence with a lover, sent to and from a Des Moines Public Schools email account.

Sebring was selected in April as the board's choice to replace retiring OPS Superintendent John Mackiel. Shortly afterward, Sebring abruptly resigned as superintendent in Des Moines because of the emails.

The next day, The World-Herald learned, she notified Eynon-Kokrda about the emails. Over the subsequent three weeks, before newspapers reported on them June 1, Sebring gradually provided more details about the emails, updating Eynon-Kokrda and Gray by email, by phone and in meetings about her efforts to prevent publication of the emails. The two OPS officials also planned with Sebring how they would respond if the emails became public.

Ultimately, once the emails did become public, Sebring resigned from the OPS job.

After The World-Herald's report last week, OPS board member Marian Fey called for board members to review their policies about when and how the board and its attorney share information with each other.

Mackiel had been scheduled to move to an advisory role when Sebring came on board July 1; his final day with the district is Aug. 31. The board has said it will select an interim superintendent while it conducts another search.

Contact the writer:
402-444-1074, jonathon.braden@owh.com

Contact the writer: Jonathon Braden

jonathon.braden@owh.com    |   402-444-1074    |  

Jonathon writes about education, mostly the Omaha Public Schools, Nebraska's largest district.

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