First Day on the Job for OPS Superintendent

First Day on the Job for OPS Superintendent

By Jennifer Griswold. CREATED Jul 1, 2013

Omaha, NE - Mark Evans officially started his job as the superintendent of Omaha Public Schools on Monday. 

The Board of Education hired Evans six months ago. Evans says he's been learning about the district ever since. "This doesn't really feel like a first day, I think my first day was six months ago," he said on Monday. 

Evans told KMTV Action 3 News it's nice to finally be in the office and be able to focus on one district. He previously worked as the superintendent in Andover, KS. 

Omaha Public Schools has faced controversy and criticism. It's been more than a year since they've had a permanent superintendent. The legislature recently voted to shrink the size of the board and voters changed the makeup of that board. 

Evans says, "Some superintendents say you never want to go into that situation where you're hired by someone else other than the people who are now your supervisors, but I actually think it's worked well, everyone comes in with a clean slate."

Evans says he likes to work with an open door, and he is spending his time meeting with people in the district and in the community to assess the strengths and weaknesses at OPS. "We're hitting the ground running, and I think that's important. The public needs to see it, internal staff needs to see it, there are great things that we're going to do for our kids here. I'm excited about that opportunity."