Since 2014, Omaha Public Schools has renovated more than 69 schools, built five new schools and continues work on five additional new schools
Omaha Public Schools remains on track with the construction of five new schools and upgrades at existing schools throughout the district. The work is part of a $409 million bond program, approved by voters in 2018.
“The best thing about this process is being able to improve our facilities for our students,” said Brad Boganowski, Omaha Public Schools bond construction supervisor. “That is our top priority when planning, constructing and completing bond projects.”
“The current bond program has been on schedule and on budget since its inception,” Boganowski shared.
Signs of progress can be seen throughout Omaha. The 2018 bond program – or phase II – includes two new high schools, two new elementary schools, and one new middle school. In addition to the new builds, nearly 20 other schools are receiving upgrades to HVAC and energy management systems, as well as new or replacement doors, windows, roofs, ceilings and lighting as needed.
“These improvements enable Omaha Public Schools to maintain facilities and address capacity needs while ensuring safe, equitable learning environments for all students,” explained Boganowski.
The work underway follows the successful completion of the 2014 bond program — or phase I. The $421 million program supported new construction and upgrades at more than 90 locations where the district serves students. A portion of the 2014 bond was designated for the purchase of land used in phase II to build new schools where shifting demographics indicated a need.
“Through diligent fiscal management, the 2014 bond projects were completed on time and under budget allowing for additional improvements within the scope of the work,” said Boganowski.
Although the execution and completion of each construction site is conducted by various companies, the community request for economic inclusion is thoroughly monitored with monthly reporting and aims to promote and increase the participation of Small and Emerging Businesses (SEB).
“Omaha Public Schools wants to maintain a commitment to ensure that these projects are being reinvested back into the community,” Boganowski said. “We meet weekly to discuss ways to involve them and it’s really important for us to continue to achieve this commitment.”
The district’s Citizen’s Bond Oversight Committee (CBOC) also meets monthly to
ensure that the bond implementation
is completed and consistent with the promises made to the community, managed within the appropriate scope, budget and schedule, and consistent with the priorities outlined in the district’s Strategic Plan of Action.
A brief timeline of the development phases is available below:
2014 Phase I Improvements: $421 Million Bond
• Fire, life safety, security and technology improvements at many schools
• Construction of four new elementary schools (Belle Ryan, Columbian, Western Hills and Gifford Park) and one specialized program (J.P. Lord)
• Land procurement for two new elementary schools (10th and Pine Streets and 1000 N. Fort Crook Road), one new middle school (42nd and Y Streets), and two high schools (60th and L Streets and 156th and Ida Streets)
2018 Phase II Improvements: $409 Million Bond
• Two new elementary schools (1000 N. Fort Crook Road and 10th and Pine Streets)
• One new middle school (42nd and Y Streets)
• Two new high schools (156th and Ida Streets and 60th and L Streets)
• Capital improvements on energy management systems
Omaha Public Schools provides regular updates, video tours and project timelines on the bond programs at bond.ops.org.