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Former OPS teachers elected president, vice president of school board

Former OPS teachers elected president, vice president of school board


Shavonna Holman listens during a special Omaha Public Schools board meeting in September. On Monday, Holman was unanimously elected president of the school board.

It’s a new year and a new Omaha Public Schools board.

On Monday night, newly elected board members Spencer Head, Nick Thielen and Jane Erdenberger took the oath of office and joined the nine-member board.

The board then elected a new president and vice president.

Shavonna Holman


Shavonna Holman, who served as vice president in 2020, was nominated by outgoing President Marque Snow for the top spot on the board. The board voted 9-0 by secret ballot to give Holman the job.

Holman has been on the board since 2017 and is a former OPS teacher and assistant principal. She is now an assistant professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

For vice president, board member Nancy Kratky nominated Erdenberger, and board member Ricky Smith nominated Tracy Casady.

Erdenberger, now retired, was a public finance bond lawyer at Kutak Rock for 22 years, then taught at North High School for 16 years. She has been a teacher or parent in OPS since 1991.

Erdenberger described herself as a “zealously overprepared person at all times.” She told her fellow board members she read the entire OPS policy book before the meeting and had some suggestions, edits and corrections.

Casady, who was just reelected to the board, is a human resources specialist at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. She has three children in OPS. Casady told her colleagues that she’s learned a lot during her time on the board and that she’s excited about the future and hopes that the district will continue to grow.

Jane Erdenberger (copy) (copy)


Through secret ballots, the board voted 5-4 to make Erdenberger vice president.

The school board will next meet Jan. 21.

The Millard Public Schools board also held officer elections Monday night. There were no changes in board leadership.

Each office was filled in a single round of voting. Elected unanimously were Linda Poole as president, Dave Anderson as vice president, Stacy Jolley as secretary and Amanda McGill Johnson as treasurer.

World-Herald staff writer Joe Dejka contributed to this report.

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Emily covers K-12 education, including Omaha Public Schools. Previously, Emily covered local government and the Nebraska Legislature for The World-Herald. Follow her on Twitter @emily_nitcher. Phone: 402-444-1192.

Joe covers education for The World-Herald, focusing on pre-kindergarten through high school. Phone: 402-444-1077.

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