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Bellevue Public Schools, Nebraska

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Bellevue Public Schools
Bellevue, Nebraska
District Profile
Superintendent:Frank Harwood
Enrollment:9,988 students
Number of schools:20
Budget: S104.7 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Nina Wolford
Board members:6
Term length:4
Bellevue Public Schools is a school district in Nebraska that served 9,988 students during the 2011-2012 school year. This district is the fifth-largest by enrollment in the state of Nebraska.[1]

About the district

Bellevue Public Schools is located in Sarpy County, Nebraska.
Bellevue Public Schools is located in Sarpy County, Nebraska. The county seat is Papillion. Sarpy County is home to 169,331 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[2]


Sarpy County overperformed compared to the rest of Nebraska in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 35.8 percent of Sarpy County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 28.1 percent for Nebraska as a whole. The median household income for Sarpy County was $69,269 compared to $51,381 for the state of Nebraska. The percentage of people below poverty level for Sarpy County was 6.6 percent while it was 12.4 percent for the state of Nebraska.[2]

Racial Demographics, 2013[2]
Race Sarpy County (%) Nebraska (%)
White 89.8 89.7
Black or African American 4.4 4.8
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.6 1.3
Asian 2.3 2.1
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or more race 2.8 2.0
Hispanic or Latino 8.1 9.9

Party registration, Sarpy County, 2014[3]
Party Number of registered voters
Republican 46,975
Democratic 27,561
Nonpartisan 25,797
Libertarian 660
Total 100,993

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[4] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.


The current superintendent of Bellevue Public Schools is Frank Harwood. One of five finalists for the position, he was hired in May 2011. Harwood began his career in education as a science teacher at Perry-Lecompton High School in 1993. From there he went on to serve as an assistant principal at Leavenworth High School and principal at Central Junior High School. In 2008 he became the director of technology for the Lawrence school district and the following year took over as chief operations officer for Lawrence.[5] He was part of the inaugural graduating class from the University of Nebraska at Omaha's Midlands Superintendents Academy in June 2014.[6]

Harwood's annual base pay is $220,000.[7] His full 2012-2015 contract is available here.

School board

The Bellevue Board of Education consists of six members elected at-large to four-year terms. A representative of the military community may be invited to serve as a seventh member in an advisory capacity.[8] School board members are not compensated for their services.[9]

Bellevue Board of Education
Member Assumed Office Term Ends
Nina Wolford 2006 2018
Frank Kumor 2002 2018
Doug Cook 2012 2016
Cindy Copich 2012 2016
Mike Kinney 2013 2018
Lisa Rybar 2008 2016

School board elections

See also: Bellevue Public Schools elections (2014)

Members of the Bellevue Board of Education are elected to four-year terms. Elections are held in November during even years. Three seats were up for election in 2014 and three seats will be on the ballot in 2016.

Public participation in board meetings

The Bellevue Board of Education maintains the following policy on public testimony during board meetings:[10]

In accordance with Board Policy, Code: 204.12, the following regulations are established for participation by the public or the professional staff at Board of Education meetings.

Matters Not on the Board Agenda
Any patron, organization or group may request the opportunity to speak regarding any matter not included in the Board’s agenda. The following conditions will apply:

  • 1. Each patron, organization or group who wishes to speak should submit a written request to the Secretary of the Board of Education by the end of the business day at least five calendar days prior to a scheduled meeting. The written request should state the person’s name, address, and topic with a brief and specific description of what is going to be said in regard to the topic. If the description is determined by the administration to be vague the individual can be required to clarify it. The Secretary of the Board of Education will notify the petitioner of the placement of the item on the agenda.
  • 2. Each patron, organization or group who has requested the opportunity to speak should be recognized by the President of the Board.
  • 3. Presentations shall be limited to 5 minutes unless the majority of the Board suspends the rule to provide for more or less time. If there are numerous requests to address the Board on the same topic, the President of the Board may recognize representatives to speak.
  • 4. An organized group which wishes to speak before the Board should limit its comments to those of its appointed spokesperson. The President of the Board may limit the number of persons permitted to speak for any group.

Matters on the Board Agenda
Any patron, organization or group may request the opportunity to speak regarding any matter on the Board meeting agenda. The following conditions will apply:

  • 1. Each patron, organization or group who wishes to speak (except for items that require a public hearing) must fill out a form prior to the start of the meeting with the Secretary of the Board of Education, stating his/her name, address, and the item about which the individual or the group wishes to speak.
  • 2. The President of the Board, at the appropriate time on the agenda, may recognize those who have requested to speak.
  • 3. Conditions set forth in Sections 3 and 4 of the above provision will also apply to this provision.

Special Conditions

  • 1. Complaints against professional staff will be heard in the manner provided elsewhere in policy and regulations.
  • 2. The Superintendent of Schools will prepare for distribution to visitors a brochure explaining the regulations applying to Board meetings and why they are necessary.

General Provisions

  • 1. The President of the Board has the discretion of recognizing individuals who are not citizens of the school district.
  • 2. All persons speaking at a Board meeting are to address the President of the Board.
  • 3. Every person who addresses the Board should state his/her name, address, organization represented, if any, his/her relationship to the schools and the subject about which the individual wishes to speak.
  • 4. Persons speaking at a Board of Education meeting are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner. Comments shall not involve personal or slanderous attacks on employees, members of the Board or members of the general public. The use of profane or threatening language, or racial or ethnic slurs will not be tolerated.
  • 5. The President of the Board of Education shall restrict comments that are frivolous, repetitive, harassing or in violation of paragraph 4 above.
  • 6. Should the President of the Board determine that an issue has special and broad concern to a large number of citizens, the President may, within the limitations of state statutes, schedule a special meeting about the issue. Policy and Regulations apply to those who wish to speak to the Board.
  • 7. Nebraska statutes 79-570 and 79-571 authorize the Board’s presiding officer to order the withdrawal of a person who conducts himself/herself in a disorderly manner.



The table below displays the budget for Bellevue Public Schools:[12]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2010-2011 $59,234,748 60.8% $3,313,759 3.4% $10,082,250 10.4% $1,525,000 1.6% $20,254,800 20.8% $97,410,557
2011-2012 $58,297,550 61.2% $3,378,620 3.5% $10,353,360 10.9% $1,525,000 1.6% $21,771,970 22.8% $95,326,500
2012-2013 $59,118,255 59.1% $5,063,971 5.1% $10,618,156 10.6% $1,525,000 1.5% $23,633,038 23.6% $99,958,420
2013-2014 $63,234,852 60.4% $5,162,535 4.9% $10,887,954 10.4% $2,025,000 1.9% $23,389,659 22.3% $104,700,000
Averages: $59,971,351.25 60% $4,229,721.25 4% $10,485,430 11% $1,650,000 2% $22,262,366.75 22% $99,348,869.25

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