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OPS announces principals for Northwest and South High Schools

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Superintendent Cheryl Logan at an Omaha Public Schools board meeting in September 2020.

The Omaha Public Schools announced new principals for two of the district’s high schools.

Jodi Pesek, the current interim principal at South High School, will stay on as the permanent principal at the school located at 24th and J Streets.

Pesek took over for Principal Ruben Cano in October after Cano went on medical leave that was not related to COVID-19. Cano is now the interim principal at Nathan Hale Magnet Middle School.

Pesek, her parents and grandparents are all alumni of South High School.

Pesek previously served as the director of Blackburn Alternative High School and the Secondary Success Program. She has been with the district for more than two decades.

Kimberly Jackson will be the new principal of Northwest High School. Jackson is currently the principal at Morton Magnet Middle School, a position she’s held since August 2020.

Before becoming principal at Morton, Jackson was the principal of Collinsville Middle School in Collinsville, Illinois. She began her career as a guidance counselor and has been a director of program operations, department chair and administrative intern, assistant principal and principal.

Jackson replaces current Principal Thomas Lee at the school at 8204 Crown Point Ave.

Lee will be the principal of the newly named Westview High School at 156th and Ida Streets. The school will open in the 2022-23 school year.

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Emily is an enterprise reporter for the World-Herald. Previously, Emily covered K-12 education, local government and the Nebraska Legislature. Follow her on Twitter @emily_nitcher. Phone: 402-444-1192.

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