In the Bennington Public Schools, residents will vote on a plan to keep up with growing enrollment. Among the projects would be a building a new middle school and buying land for a second high school. The spending in the Millard Public Schools would focus on existing schools, while the Springfield Platteview Community Schools is looking to build a new elementary school.
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Michael Ashton has announced he will leave July 1 to move closer to family on the East Coast. He said archdiocesan schools are in good shape, with enrollment holding steady, but his successor will have to deal with the national reality of fewer people attending and joining churches.
If the student is 16, the age of consent in Nebraska, there's little a prosecutor can do. Several proposals being talked about in the Nebraska Legislature are aimed at changing that.
Wearing blue shirts and carrying signs, more than a dozen people attended the Omaha school board meeting Monday to show support for a former Davis Middle School student sexually assaulted by her teacher.
To gauge the scope of educator misconduct in Nebraska, World-Herald reporters had to conduct an investigation. There is no detailed, complete, real-time database tracking all misconduct across the state.
A review of court and state records for the past five years uncovered misconduct ranging from sexual intercourse with a student to dinner and a movie with a student.
When a teacher at Davis Middle School phoned the state child abuse hotline and reported troubling behavior by fellow teacher Brian Robeson, no one investigated. The outcome may have been different, however, had another agency been tipped off.
Staff members reported concerns about the teacher's behavior with girls, but school officials never separated him and the student, or launched a formal investigation into his behavior. Despite that, a federal judge sided with OPS on a lawsuit alleging the school district violated the girl's constitutional rights to be free from sexual harassment under Title IX.
The biotechnology lab was created through a capital campaign that added classrooms, renovated others and upgraded everything from carpets to lighting and ceilings throughout the campus.
The final 2018-19 ratings show little change from the preliminary ratings released earlier this fall. But the Omaha Public Schools saw 12 schools jump a class from the preliminary ratings. The district’s overall rating of “needs improvement” did not change.