“Omaha superintendent fearful of harm to district,” Associated Press, 3 September 2006, http://www.siouxcityjournal.com/articles/2006/09/03/news/nebraska/7c7e5940d7c7495b862571de000f1aab.txt.
John Mackiel, Omaha’s power-hungry and incompetent public schools superintendent, is in the news again. Earlier I reported how Omaha Public Schools’ attempts to annex small, neighboring districts led to the break-up of OPS into three smaller districts. But while the tripartition of Omaha Public Schools winds its way through the courts, Mackiel and OPS already see their power vanish in another direction
Omaha Schools Superintendent John Mackiel says his district favors the concept of a Douglas County-Sarpy County “learning community.”
But his district opposes the community’s official implementation, Mackiel said Friday.
Under the new law, council action requires majority vote of the 11 district representatives. Also, at least a third of the total Douglas and Sarpy County enrollment must be represented in the votes for approval.
Critics say the smallest of the districts, Bennington, would have the same voting power as Omaha, the largest.
Mackiel said politics play too big a role in the interdistrict discussions.
Add in South Dakota’s mini-Mackiel, and it’s clear that superintendents are not the most politically attuned of all professionals…