Omaha school board meets, but no finalized superintendent deal -
Published Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 8:45 am / Updated at 4:30 pm
Omaha school board meets, but no finalized superintendent deal

The Omaha school board met for about an hour and 40 minutes Saturday morning but still has no finalized deal with its future superintendent, Mark Evans.

“Still in negotiations,” Marian Fey, board vice president, said after the meeting adjourned.

Ten board members attended the board's special meeting and went into closed session to discuss superintendent contract negotiations with Baird Holm attorneys P. Scott Dye and Emily McElravy.

Absent were board President Freddie Gray and member Sarah Brumfield. Fey led the meeting in Gray's absence. Fey said Gray texted her Saturday morning and said she would not be there.

Last month, the board picked Evans, currently the superintendent of the Andover, Kan., Public Schools, out of three finalists for the district's top job.

Evans will succeed interim OPS Superintendent Virginia Moon. She stepped in for John Mackiel, who retired in August after 40 years with the district, including 15 as its leader.

Last April, the board had picked former Des Moines Superintendent Nancy Sebring to succeed Mackiel. But she later resigned after sexually explicit emails sent to and from her work account became public.

Evans, 53, has agreed to lead OPS, Nebraska's largest school district. The board's work now is focused on specifics of his contract.

In Andover, a suburban district outside Wichita with about 5,400 students, he makes about $190,000, including a base salary of $157,454.

Mackiel's base pay was about $258,000, but a World-Herald analysis found that he made much more because of add-ons such as an expense account, an annuity, a retention incentive and the ability to cash out unused vacation time. He made $413,607 and $379,727.29 in the 2010-11 and 2011-12 school years, respectively.

Moon, as OPS interim superintendent, is getting paid a base salary of $275,000, a $1,000-a-month vehicle allowance and a tax-sheltered annuity worth 12 percent of her salary. In addition, she has 25 days of vacation. Her contract extends to July 31.

Had Sebring stayed, she was to have a base salary of $275,000.

Contact the writer: Jonathon Braden    |   402-444-1074    |  

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

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