Nebraska Bill Shrinks OPS School Board
CREATED Feb. 11, 2013
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A new Nebraska law will shrink the Omaha Public Schools board and force new elections in the wake of controversies that have plagued the district.
Gov. Dave Heineman announced Monday that he will sign the bill, minutes after lawmakers granted final approval.
The bill by Sen. Scott Lautenbaugh of Omaha will shrink the board from 12 members to nine, and draw new election district boundaries. It also will force all nine board members to appear on the ballot during Omaha's city elections in May. In subsequent years, board members will stand for election during statewide general elections.
Nebraska's largest school district has faced criticism after four new members and two who were re-elected missed a crucial deadline to take their oath of office.
The bill is LB125.