At its June 24 meeting, the Gretna Public Schools Board of Education held two public hearings before taking the following action:

• Approved the contract of Brian Peska.

• Approved the student fees policy.

• Approved the amended budget for the 2018–19 school year. Due to the passage of the bond issue in November 2018 and the subsequent sale of $44.5 million in Series 2019 Bonds, the bond fund budget for the 2018–19 school year had to be amended.

• Approved all handbooks for the 2019–20 school year.

• Gave first round approval to policies/policy updates. Changes made were required by legislation.

• Approved a bid of $214,000 to Elkhorn West for the installation of the two new portables at Gretna Elementary School.

• Approved a Letter of Credit from Pinnacle Bank. The letter is required by the City of Omaha to ensure the district has the money to pay for the road to be built to GPS’ sixth elementary school.

• Heard an update on board goals.

• Heard a presentation on the preliminary numbers for the combined budget.

The board then celebrated with cake and ice cream the retirement of Superintendent Kevin Riley before entering executive session to discuss land acquisition, litigation and negotiations.

The next regular school board meeting will be Monday at 7 p.m. at the administrative offices, 11717 S. 216th St. The board meets the second and fourth Monday of each month. For meeting agendas and minutes, visit

Rachel George

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