The Omaha school board will introduce a new committee structure this week that will mean fewer day meetings and more long-term planning time.
The board will go from four to three committees and move more important discussions to the board's regular evening meetings on the first and third Mondays of the month.
The committees have regularly held such discussions during its day meetings. Currently, the board's evening meetings often consist of routine votes and little discussion.
“It's time to move us forward in a more positive way,” board member Bambi Bartek said last month.
In January, school board President Marian Fey appointed Bartek to lead an effort to look at communication issues.
Board members wanted to trim the number of day meetings because some have jobs and work during the day, Bartek said. Other members are retired.
Members also wanted to have a more regular time for in-depth discussions about big-picture issues.
The board approved the committee's recommendations last week.
Starting Monday, the board will have two committees — the finance, operational services and claims and the curriculum, human resources and student services — meet on the first and third Mondays of the month.
A third committee, Americanism and community engagement, will meet quarterly at various spots around the school district.
Board members Sarah Brumfield and Justin Wayne wanted it written in policy that the committee meetings be held during the evening, but their efforts failed. The recently approved policy does not specify a time for the committee meetings.
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