Omaha school board votes to retain president


August 7th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Omaha school board has retained its president. The board voted 8-4 Monday night to keep Freddie Gray as its leader. She was under fire over the Nancy Sebring case. The board hired Sebring, the superintendent of the Des Moines, Iowa, school board, in April to replace John Mackiel, who retired. Sebring abruptly left her Iowa job in May. She lost the Omaha job after emails to a lover on her district computer became public. At issue was whether board members thought Gray acted appropriately by withholding information about Sebring’ resignation in Iowa. Board officers are elected by majority vote and serve for a year. Gray took the position in January. The board action came after 90 minutes of public comment and board discussion.