St. Bernadette opens doors to more than 30 new faces
At the beginning of the school year, St. Bernadette Principal Lynn Schultz visited every classroom. She often heard students asking each other, “Where are you from?”
In Schultz's visits, she asked the new students to stand up as St. Bernadette welcomed more than 30 new faces this year.
Some of St. Bernadette's new students are from three Catholic schools that closed last year — Assumption Guadalupe, Holy Ghost and St. Stanislaus. The closures were part of Promise 2020, a plan issued by Archbishop George Lucas to strengthen Catholic parishes and schools in east Omaha.
St. Bernadette became part of the Omaha Catholic School Consortium, which united five schools under the same administration.
“We're all supporting each other,” Schultz said. “It used to be you wanted to shine as the best, but now we're all working on shining together.”
Overall, enrollment at the schools increased by 17.5 percent, said Monsignor James Gilg, the consortium's executive director.
Springfield Platteview bond issue to be voted on by mail
The upcoming election for Springfield Platteview Community Schools' bond issue will be handled by mail. Ballots are due to the Sarpy County Election Commission by 5 p.m. on Nov. 12.
Sarpy County Election Commissioner Wayne Bena said every registered voter in the district will receive a ballot in the mail. Voters can register as late as 6 p.m. on Nov. 1 at the election commission office.
The bond proposal would fund $35.7 million in renovations and additions to the district's four public schools. It would result in a tax of 25.2 cents per $100 of valuation.
Bellevue council hopefuls will face off at forum
The Bellevue Leader will sponsor a candidate forum Wednesday on the election for the Ward 1 seat on the Bellevue City Council.
The forum will start at 6 p.m. at the Bellevue Volunteer Firefighters Hall, 2108 Franklin St. All four candidates have indicated they will participate in the event.
The election will be held Oct. 15, when voters choose a replacement for Scott Houghtaling, who resigned his seat March 31.
The four candidates are: Steve Carmichael, formerly the City of Bellevue's chief building inspector; Dave Compton, a member of the Bellevue Planning Commission; Steve Dawes, an information services technician with the Omaha Police Department; and Michael Knebel, a field representative with the Woodmen of the World insurance company.
Symposium will focus on school shooting protocol
Local law enforcement leaders and school administrators will hold a symposium Wednesday on responding to active shooters in schools.
The presentation was developed to assist emergency responders, school administrators and district personnel in creating a standard protocol in the case of an active shooter at any local school.
The seminar starts at 9 a.m. at the Ralston Arena, 7300 Q St., and is open to law enforcement and first responders, school personnel, victim advocates, mental health professionals and the public.
The public can obtain free tickets from the arena ticket office.