Leaders at Omaha Public Schools deserve a cheer for reaching out to the public and staff for input on moving OPS forward.
That feedback from parents, students and staff can build trust and provide helpful guidance as the school board and Superintendent Mark Evans make key decisions on a long-term strategic plan.
People can share their views using MindMixer, a popular Nebraska-created, town hall-style website, at www.omahapublicschools.mindmixer.com.
Although OPS has received input via community forums attended by hundreds, the district’s leaders commendably decided to contract with MindMixer to give those unable to attend another means of communicating priorities and concerns.
It’s good, too, that the process will facilitate interaction with board members and OPS administrators. As a MindMixer representative told the OPS board, “When people are submitting their ideas, they want to know someone else is on the other line and listening to what’s being said.”
The wider the input, the better for the district.
Have thoughts on how to improve student learning or strengthen involvement with the community? Concerns about scheduling policy? Perhaps views about how the district can handle things more efficiently or with more accountability?
OPS is waiting to hear the input on those and other issues. Such feedback can be vital for the district. Kudos to OPS for reaching out.