Pat Davis has a big and broad goal for her three months on the Omaha school board: advocate for families with special-needs children.
The board appointed Davis on Monday evening to serve the remainder of Freddie Gray's term. Gray, who represented subdistrict 2 in northeast Omaha, resigned in January. She formerly was board president.
Davis, 63, and James English, the other applicant for the seat, each spoke to the board for a few minutes at its regular meeting Monday.
The board voted 6-2 to appoint Davis.
Davis is the executive director of Minority Outreach Resource Education, an advocacy organization that works to help families with special-needs children. She has four grandchildren in the Omaha Public Schools, including one with special needs.
“I will bring a fresh new approach to inclusion and acceptance of persons with special needs,” she wrote in her application to the board.
The Legislature passed a new state law that shrinks the OPS board from 12 seats to nine, effective in June, after an April primary and May election.
The new nine members should be sworn in June 10.
“We could do a lot in three months, I think,” Davis said. “If not, we'll try.” — Jonathon Braden