The Omaha Public Schools moved forward in hiring an in-house attorney Monday while acknowledging the person would not replace their longtime law firm, Baird Holm.
OPS Superintendent Mark Evans gave board members a job description for the position of chief negotiator and in-house legal counsel.
Some of the position’s duties are now being handled by a retiring OPS employee. The other job duties would include handling the day-to-day legal issues of OPS, Nebraska’s largest district, Evans said.
If the district eventually fills the position, it would be the first in-house counsel for OPS. The district has used Baird Holm, an Omaha law firm, since the 1960s.
In recent months, though, the board has discussed hiring an in-house attorney. And no board members expressed disapproval during the board’s 10-minute discussion Monday.