Omaha Public Schools Superintendent Search

  • Omaha Public Schools is conducting a comprehensive search for its next superintendent following Cheryl Logan, Ed.D.'s departure in June 2023. The Omaha Public Schools Board of Education selected Mr. Matthew Ray to serve as interim superintendent for the 2023-24 school year, allowing time for a thoughtful process to identify our school district's next leader.

    Details about the work and community engagement so far are listed by date below, including a current Board-approved timeline for the search. Board members always welcome feedback from our community. Stay tuned to this page (ops.org/superintendentsearch) for updates and engagement opportunities through the rest of the search.

Omaha Public Schools Board of Education Selects Candidate for Superintendent of Schools

  • Tuesday evening, the Omaha Public Schools Board of Education interviewed four Superintendent Search finalists during a Special Meeting. The public interviews concluded two days of school tours and stakeholder meet-and-greets. 

    Matthew RayAfter the interviews, our Board voted to make a conditional offer to Mr. Matthew Ray.

    Matthew Ray received his Ed.S. from the University of Nebraska Kearney, and MS in Educational Administration, BS in Elementary Education and BS in Criminal Justice from the University of Nebraska Omaha.

    Mr. Ray is currently serving as Interim Superintendent of the Omaha Public Schools.  Previous positions include Deputy Superintendent/Chief of Staff, Interim Chief of Accountability, School Improvement and Innovation, Interim Chief Academic Officer, Secretary to the Board of Education and Executive Director of Student and Community Services for the Omaha Public Schools. 

    “We look forward to working with Mr. Ray, preparing all students for success in college, career and life,” said Board of Education President Spencer Head in a letter to staff and families announcing the decision. Vice President Ricky Smith thanked the candidates and community members who contributed since May 2023. “Your participation has been an essential part of the search. Thousands of staff, family, student and community voices guided this process. We value and appreciate the time you invested,” wrote Smith.

    A detailed contract with Mr. Ray will come back to the Board for approval in the near future.


Finalists, Community Meet and Greet and Public Interviews

  • Feb. 8, 2024: Omaha Public Schools Board of Education Approves Superintendent Search Finalists

  • Jan. 30, 2024: Save the Date – Superintendent Search Next Steps

Search Timeline, Community Engagement and Job Posting

  • Jan. 17, 2024: Omaha Public Schools Superintendent Search Update

  • Oct. 16, 2023 - Approval of the Proposed Profile of a Superintendent and Job Posting

  • Oct. 4, 2023 - Community Forums Complete, Survey Window Closed

  • Sept. 28, 2023 - Superintendent Search Fall Survey Window Now Open and Community Forums Sept. 28 – Oct. 4

  • June 6, 2023: Superintendent Search Timeline and Survey Updates

  • May 12, 2023: Omaha Public Schools Superintendent Search Survey

  • May 1, 2023: Approval of Proposed Timeline for Superintendent Search

Leadership Transition and Search Firm Selection

  • March 20, 2023: Board Approves Superintendent Search Firm

  • March 6, 2023: Board Approves Interim Superintendent Contract

  • March 3, 2023: Board to Vote on Contract for Interim Superintendent

  • Feb. 22, 2023: Board of Education Selects Deputy Superintendent Mr. Matthew Ray as Interim Superintendent, Pending Contract Negotiations and Approval

  • Jan. 5, 2023: Beginning the Search

  • Dec. 2022: Superintendent Cheryl Logan, Ed.D.'s Message to Staff and Families

  • Dec. 2022: 2022 Board of Education President Shavonna Holman, Ed.D.'s message to Staff and Families