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Nebraska Legislature Votes to Shrink OPS Board

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Maureen Wurtz

OMAHA (KPTM)- The Omaha Public school board will hold a new election, and it'll cost 200 thousand dollars.

Nebraska lawmakers passed a bill Monday that will shrink the school board from twelve members to nine.

New district lines were drawn, and the biggest changes are in the south east, west, and central parts of Omaha.

James English has been playing chess for years. "Remember how the pieces move."

He said chess is all about reacting to what happens on the board.

"It's a beautiful game."

English ran for Omaha Public School board last November and lost to Freddie Gray. "She checkmated me."

Now, he's got a second chance to gain a seat, and others will just have to try to hold on to what they have. "It's a total mess, a total mess!" said English.

Governor Dave Heineman signed a bill that will make the Omaha Public School Board smaller, from twelve members to nine.

"It's time to hit the reset button, start over, and move this district forward," said school board member, Justin Wayne.

"I don't think anyone is surprised," said OPS President, Marian Fey.

This decision means the Douglas County Commissioners office will be busy. "We're going to have to move forward in a rapid manner," said Dave Phipps.

Phipps said anyone wanting to file for the OPS board will have to do so by March 1st.

The new election will cost tax payers a pretty penny. "This will probably cost them close to 200 thousand dollars for this election," said Phipps.

The school board was facing an election even if the law wasn't passed. "Tax payers, more money for what? We are taxed enough," said English.

For English, it's time to start playing again, and he's hoping for a better result.

"Checkmate!"

 Primary elections are on April 2nd and the general election will be held on May 15th.

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