Part Two: OPS Superintendent Discusses District Changes
New Superintendent Shares His Thoughts on Changes and Controversy at OPSPhoto: Video by kmtv.com
Andover, KS - Incoming Omaha Public Schools Superintendent Mark Evans says he reads up on Omaha news and knows the problems surrounding the Board of Education.
The school board faced some heat after it was made public Former Superintendent John Mackiel will get more than a million dollar payout plus pension. In addition there was the racy email scandal involving Nancy Sebring. OPS hired Sebring for the superintendent job, but she was off the job before she even started.
KMTV Action 3 News Anchor Jennifer Griswold recently sat down with Evans for a one-on-one interview in Andover, Kansas where he currently works.
Evans said those issues are distractions. He said, "I hope I can bring stability, and I hope I can bring a greater focus on 50,000 young people and the programs and improvements that we're going to provide for them."
Evans admitted it worries him a little bit that the board that hired him will not be the board he sees when he starts his job.
Governor Dave Heineman signed a bill into law this week that would downsize the Omaha Public Schools' Board of Education from twelve members to nine. That means there will be new elections in spring.
Evans said he is confident he'll be able to work with the board no matter its size or who is on it.
He told Jennifer he is hoping the district and Board of Education can move forward in a positive way. He believes that's what the public wants, too. "I have a stack of letters from business leaders, government leaders, from parents and even emails from students about their excitement about where they're headed and how they value OPS. And that means the world to me."
Evans comes to the district after working more than two decades in school leadership roles.
He was a teacher, assistant principal, principal and interim superintendent in Wichita, KS which is comparable in size to Omaha.
Evans has worked in Andover, KS since 2005.
He starts July 1st with a base salary of 265,000 dollars a year for three years. In Andover his base salary is 157,500 dollars a year.