Omaha Public Schools are responsible for educating more than 50,000 young people.
While the district has shown progress in test scores and graduation rates, it still lags behind the rest of the state.
The Nebraska Legislature decided that there was too much at stake with the state's largest school district to maintain the status quo. State senators pushed through a bill that shrank the board and set up new elections for every seat this spring.
Now the voters will decide the makeup of the new nine-member OPS board, starting with the April 2 primary, the most competitive since 1978. Every subdistrict has at least three candidates; only two in each subdistrict will advance to the May 14 general election.
BY THE NUMBERS
Here is what the new board will manage:
The equivalency of full-time employees at OPS
OPS students in pre-K-12 this school year.
What the owner of a home valued for tax purposes at $150,000 will pay to OPS this year in property taxes.
The portion of every property tax bill in the district that goes to OPS.
Amount of state aid OPS gets this school year.
Share of the total state aid pie going to OPS.
MEET THE CANDIDATES
This week in The World-Herald's Midlands section: Look for candidates' views on issues and learn more about them.
Click here to get to know the OPS Subdistrict 1 candidates.
Today: Subdistrict 1
Tuesday: Subdistrict 2
Wednesday: Subdistrict 3
Thursday: Subdistrict 4
Saturday: Subdistrict 5
March 25: Subdistrict 6
March 26: Subdistrict 7
March 28: Subdistrict 8
March 29: Subdistrict 9
Voters have a chance to meet the candidates and ask questions at a series of forums starting Thursday. The schedule of forums, sponsored by The World-Herald and the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce:
Thursday (7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.)
Subdistrict 1: Benson High School, 5120 Maple St.
Subdistrict 2: North High School, 4410 N. 36th St.
Subdistrict 3: Lewis and Clark Middle School, 6901 Burt St.
Saturday (10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.)
Subdistrict 4: Northwest High School, 8204 Crown Point Ave.
Subdistrict 5: Buffett Middle School, 14101 Larimore Ave.
Subdistrict 6: Burke High School, 12200 Burke St.
March 26 (7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.)
Subdistrict 7: Norris Middle School, 2235 S. 46th St.
Subdistrict 8: Bryan High School, 4700 Giles Road
Subdistrict 9: South High School, 4519 S. 24th St.