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New superintendent of Omaha Public Schools

Other news: Principal rewards attendance, superintendent donates pencils, administrator develops many programs
Cheryl Logan will be superintendent of Omaha Public Schools, Nebraska’s largest school district.
Cheryl Logan will be superintendent of Omaha Public Schools, Nebraska’s largest school district.

On July 1, Cheryl Logan begins her tenure as superintendent of Omaha Public Schools, Nebraska’s largest school district. Logan will lead 8,000 staff members and serve a student body where nearly 16 percent are ELL and 75 percent qualify for free and reduced-price lunch. Logan also faces a $15.8 million budget shortfall, the result of an underfunded pension system. 

Principal Todd Schafer of Shelby County Schools says he will pay $100 out of his own pocket to parents whose children attain perfect attendance at Tennessee’s Scenic Hills Elementary. State law mandates that parents can face up to a $50 fine or 10 days in jail time for student truancy. Fifty parents went to court last year as a result. 

For the last six years, Superintendent Lonny Lemon of Illinois has delivered thousands of discarded pencils to a needy school in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. The Oak Grove Elementary District 68 leader is now raising $25,000 so he can donate 400 desks to the Mexican school. He and his wife will contribute $1,000.

Administrator in Charge of Special Projects Olivia Leschick has developed after-school, health career pathway and career technical education programs at Valley Center-Pauma USD after winning a number of grants. Leschick has subsequently received the Association of California School Administrators’ Central Office Administrator of the Year award for her work.