The Foundation exists to raise funds for projects and programs which cannot be funded by tax dollars and is governed by a Board of Directors. The Board consists of community leaders dedicated to raising funds and dispensing them for educational projects and programs that are not included in the regular operations of the Omaha Public Schools. The Foundation's funds have and will be used to encourage the development of new and innovative projects, scholarships for students, teacher recognition awards, Kids Club, and extended day care programs for students.
The Omaha Schools Foundation is a 501 (c) 3 organization. All donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law and go directly to the intended program, project or scholarship. No administrative fees are deducted from any donation.
Bryan High School Capital Campaign
Bryan is currently the only Omaha Public School to have an agricultural program and will soon become the largest FFA chapter in the state of Nebraska. In this academy, students utilize knowledge of both urban and traditional agriculture to be innovators in their field and positive members in the community. Agricultural themes are incorporated into their core coursework such as plant and animal science and food production. Students participate in various competitions and regularly attend field trips and conferences across the state. Vegetable and fruit gardens are managed by the students along with other landscaping projects throughout the campus.
South High School Visual and Performing Arts Addition
On March 2, 2015, Omaha South High Magnet Principal, Ruben Cano, presented a plan to the Board to build an addition on to the school supporting Visual and Performing Arts. The addition will further expand opportunities for student training (artistic and technical) and encourage students to pursue careers in the arts.
Benson High School Career Academy Plan
On February 4, 2015, Omaha Benson High Magnet Principal, Anita Harkins, presented a plan to the Omaha Public Schools Board to revitalize the school through the pursuit of a complete Career Academy Plan. The cost of the project is $1.5m. All of the Academy programs have been structured to meet the National Career Academy Coalition Standards of Practice.
Burke High School Stadium Renovation
The objective of this renovation is to bring the athletic facilities at Burke High School up to current standards and building codes as well as increase the functionality of the stadium for high profile events such as the State Track Meet. The Omaha Public Schools has committed $2,000,000 to replace the playing surfaces within the stadium. We are looking to raise about $2,000,000 from alumni with the rest of the funds coming from local businesses and local foundations that are interested in keeping the State Track Meet in Omaha. We also plan to increase capacity by building a Soccer/Lacrosse/Band Complex and an indoor Baseball/Softball training facility. All of these upgraded facilities will provide greater functionality and versatility for the community athletes who utilize the playing fields at Burke High School. All donations to this project will be placed in an account with the Omaha Schools Foundation and are tax deductible. 100% of the money donated to this project will go toward the project and if we do not raise enough money to complete this renovation, all money will be returned.
Bryan High School Capital Campaign
Omaha Bryan High School was built in 1971 and named after Nebraska politician William Jennings Bryan. The building was originally built for student occupancy of 1,200 students. Bryan’s current enrollment stands at over 1,500 students and is projected to reach 1,700 for the 2014-2015 school year.
Bryan High School, in partnership with students, families, and the community, provides a student-centered learning environment that cultivates character, embraces diversity, fosters academic excellence, and prepares students for post secondary opportunities and career readiness.