LINCOLN — An Omaha state senator introduced a bill Friday that calls for reorganization of the Omaha Public School board this spring.
Legislative Bill 125 calls for a nine-member board, with an election to be held this spring along with the city elections. The board now has 12 members.
In addition, the bill would limit members to two consecutive terms in office.
State Sen. Scott Lautenbaugh of Omaha, who introduced the measure, said the concerns raised recently about whether board members were properly sworn in require the quick elections. “It is time to act,” he said Friday.
Lautenbaugh said in a statement: “I previously pointed to recent events involving the Omaha Public School District Board, its superintendent search, the outgoing superintendent's lavish and apparently unknown compensation package, and the ongoing sense of chaos and underperformance by the board and/or the district as reasons to pursue change. The events of this week have convinced me more than ever that change is needed within OPS."
OPS officials plan to review the bill and go from there, said David Patton, OPS spokesman.
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