Emily Nitcher, Omaha World-Herald

Emily Nitcher

Omaha World-Herald

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Recent:
  • Omaha World-Herald
Past:
  • Arkansas Online
  • The Clarion-Ledger

Recent articles by Emily:

Proposed changes to drug portion of OPS student code of conduct spark debate

The changes are a problem for some OPS board members who question whether the new policy would be legal and if the change sends the right message. → Read More

With purchase of more than 360,000 masks, OPS prepares for a peculiar school year

OPS Superintendent Cheryl Logan said the masks, along with enhanced sanitation practices and hand-washing, will be part of the district's efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19. → Read More

Nebraska's top educator says conversations about racial inequity must occur everywhere

Omaha-area school districts also issued statements pledging to foster environments where all students are welcome and reminding students of available counseling services. → Read More

Conversations about racial inequality must occur everywhere, Nebraska's top educator says

Omaha-area school districts also issued statements pledging to foster environments where all students are welcome and reminding students of available counseling services. → Read More

Citing curfew, OPS school board postpones meeting scheduled for Monday night

The meeting was rescheduled for next Monday, June 8, at 6:30 p.m. → Read More

Looking for summer fun? Here's the latest on the Henry Doorly Zoo, travel, pools and more

Here's a round up of what officials are saying about these traditional summer activities. → Read More

OPS school board selects T-Mobile as data provider for 56,400 iPads

On Monday night the board met via their electronic devices and voted 7-0 with one abstention to approve a $10.8 million agreement with T-Mobile. → Read More

Close those laptops: Omaha-area school districts ending the 2019-20 school year

Most students in the metro area haven't been inside a classroom since concerns over the coronavirus closed schools in March. → Read More

OPS school board approves contract extension for superintendent

The school board voted 8-1 to approve the contract, which runs through 2023, during their Wednesday night meeting. → Read More

Omaha-area superintendents are in line for raises, contract extensions

A raise has already been approved for Westside Superintendent Mike Lucas, and Papillion-La Vista is considering an increase for Superintendent Andy Rikli. The OPS board will vote on a contract → Read More

Omaha-area superintendents in line for raises, contract extensions

A raise has already been approved for Westside Superintendent Mike Lucas, and Papillion-La Vista is considering an increase for Superintendent Andy Rikli. The OPS board will vote on a contract → Read More

OPS will buy about 54,400 iPads — one for every student — for $27.6 million

The purchase will largely be funded by the federal coronavirus relief bill, known as the CARES Act. OPS expects to receive $20 million to $24 million in federal money. OPS → Read More

OPS school board to vote Monday on $27.6 million iPad purchase

The purchase will be made largely with money from the federal coronavirus relief bill known as the CARES Act. → Read More

OPS announces dates and times for May virtual graduation ceremonies

OPS won't hold traditional ceremonies in May because of advice from health experts to limit crowds in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. → Read More

'It's me, Jack Black': Actor thanks Elkhorn Public Schools staff in video

The actor, comedian and musician specifically thanked Elkhorn's special education team. → Read More

Alice Buffett awards: OPS kindergarten teacher relentless in her care for kids

Deb Merrill, like the other winners this year, is at home doing what she can to support her students from a distance. → Read More

Child care providers in Nebraska stressed by economic uncertainty

About 15% of home providers and 21% of center-based providers said their programs would not survive a closure of any length. → Read More

OPS to hold virtual high school graduation celebrations in May

The district has reserved space at Baxter Arena for in-person celebrations in August if crowds are allowed to gather by then. Those dates are Aug. 1, 3 and 4. → Read More

'Just awful': Nebraska students won't return to class this school year

Now, students around the state will finish the school year doing remote learning from home. → Read More

Staff member at Omaha's Nathan Hale Middle School tests positive for COVID-19

The person was in the school, near 60th Street and Sorensen Parkway, on Thursday for about an hour, the principal said. → Read More