Ben Perlman is a senior deputy county attorney in Sarpy County and is seeking the Subdistrict 3 seat, which covers Dundee, parts of midtown and north-central Omaha.
Perlman, 40, is a Central High graduate. He and his wife have three children: a toddler, a kindergartner at Dundee Elementary and a sophomore at Central High. Having kids in OPS schools and attending the district himself has given him a good feel for how the district works and where it needs improvement, he said.
Communication continues to be a stumbling block for OPS, he said.
“Parents are blindsided by almost every decision being made, from grading to busing to how long the school day is going to be,” he said.
Perlman says big issues face the district, including implementation of a new busing plan and another potential bond vote in 2017. He said he has the communication and compromise skills honed through his job as a prosecutor to steer OPS in the right direction.