The Learning Community of Douglas and Sarpy Counties (the “Learning Community”), a Nebraska political subdivision charged with narrowing the student achievement gap, is accepting applications to fill a vacancy on its governing body (the “Coordinating Council”) representing Achievement Subcouncil 1. Please visit the Douglas County Election Commission’s Political Subdivision Lookup tool for boundary information. All eligible Achievement Subcouncil 1 applicants must reside within Subcouncil 1.
The appointment carries a term of service from Dec. 7, 2023, through Dec. 31, 2026.
The application for appointment can be found at learningcommunityds.org. Applications must be submitted in person or by U.S. Mail to the Learning Community at 1612 N. 24th St., Omaha, NE 68110 with receipt by 5 p.m. on Dec. 1, 2023. Incomplete applications and applications received after the deadline will not be considered.
Any applicants selected to be interviewed will be notified on Dec. 4, 2023. The Coordinating Council will interview selected candidates at its next regular meeting on Dec. 7, 2023. After all candidates have been interviewed, the Coordinating Council may designate and vote on up to three (3) finalists for the appointment, with the finalist receiving a majority of the votes cast securing the appointment.
The appointee will be sworn in at the same meeting at which the vote is conducted. Upon being sworn in, the appointee will have all privileges and responsibilities of a member of the Coordinating Council. The Coordinating Council will declare the appointment process concluded without appointment, and will begin the process again, if: (1) no applicants are invited to interview; (2) no candidate is designated as a finalist; or (3) if no finalist receives a majority of votes cast.
Background and Responsibilities of the Coordinating Council
The Coordinating Council consists of twelve (12) elected members from six (6) Achievement Subcouncils located in Douglas and Sarpy counties. Each elected Coordinating Council member serves for a term of four (4) years, with members appointed to fill a vacancy serving for the remainder of the term of the elected member such appointee is replacing. The Coordinating Council is responsible for the business and legal affairs of the Learning Community. Coordinating Council members report to the Chair of the Coordinating Council.
The duties of the members of the Coordinating Council include, without limitation:
- Live within the geographic boundaries of the Achievement Subcouncil the member is elected or appointed to represent. Boundary information can be found here.
- Prepare for and attend regular and special meetings of the Coordinating Council and the applicable Achievement Subcouncil.
- Serve on at least one subcommittee of the Coordinating Council.
- Support and uphold the Learning Community’s mission and purposes.
- Select, support and review the performance of the Chief Executive Officer.
- Observe the bylaws, policies and procedures of the Learning Community, as well as the applicable laws governing its operation.
- Provide feedback through the Chair of the Coordinating Council.
- Ensure effective planning.
- Oversee management of resources.
- Approve the annual budget.
- Oversee and ensure current and proposed programs and services are consistent with the Learning Community’s mission and purpose and applicable laws.
- Respect the authority and action of the Coordinating Council.
- Attend Coordinating Council retreats and trainings as scheduled.