Gray Will Step Down from Omaha Board of Education

Carrie Murphy

Gray Will Step Down from Omaha Board of Education

CREATED Jan. 22, 2013

Omaha, NE - Omaha School Board President Freddie Gray confirmed her resignation from the board at a news conference this afternoon.  She says she has accepted a job that will prevent her from remaining on the board.  She calls it a great opportunity but would not disclose the name of the company she will be working for.

Gray says she has turned down previous offers. This time, she accepted.  She says the decision has nothing to do with recent controversies involving the board. 

In a letter to the board, Gray writes "This opportunity is very exciting and clearly a great opportunity for advancing my career.  However, the demands of the position has confirmed in my mind that I will not be able to effectively perform my duties as a Board of Education member..."

Last summer, board members gave Gray a vote of confidence following the resignation of Nancy Sebring. The board hired Sebring to replace Dr. John Mackiel.  She resigned after racy emails exhanged between Sebring and a married man came to light.  Gray faced criticism for the way the resignation was handled and was accused of hiding information from the board and the public.

Voters re-elected Gray in November for a second term. The Board of Education then re-elected Gray as president two weeks ago. OPS officials say they are surprised by her sudden decision and have not received a copy of her resignation. Board members attending meetings at school district headquarters today did not comment on the resignation.

The Board of Education meets tonight for a regularly scheduled meeting.  The agenda includes items pertaining to the board presidency and election of officers.