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NBCPS shuffles lineup

by Mary Le Arneal
Published 4/21/10

North Bend Central Public Schools Board of Education received two more resignations and hired four new faculty at its monthly meeting April 12.

At the elementary school, Mark Porter resigned as a fourth grade teacher. At the high school, Seth Heinert resigned as agricultural instructor. Porter has accepted the position as K-6 principal at Wisner-Pilger Public Schools for the coming year.

Heinert wrote a very complimentary letter about NBC, its administration, staff, parents and students. He will be pursuing a volunteer teaching opportunity in Tanzani, Africa, with a group called the Indigenous Education Foundation of Africa.

The board ratified the contacts and met several new teachers. DJ Mottl will teach vocational agriculture and serve as the FFA sponsor. Jade Bang will teach second grade, Amy Wragge third grade, and Jodi Smith kindergarten. Mottl comes from East Butler, Bang from Wahoo, Wragge from Elkhorn and Smith is a new college graduate. Stacy Ray will teach business and computers at the high school but was unable to attend the board meeting. Jim Cody has been hired as a full time technology coordinator.

The board also heard of and approved several other personnel changes. Paula Hines will move from teaching grade three to grade four. Melissa Cody will move from grade three to Title I/Title II reading. Susan Bumgartner moves from Title I/II Reading to REAP reading teacher and reading coach. In the high school Chris Gross-Rhode is moving from the business/computer instructor to the K-12 librarian and High Ability Learner coordinator. With retirements of four teachers, the number of teachers will remain the same with the addition of the non-certified Technology Coordinator.

Ray Kirkpatrick submitted a proposal for a summer band program that the board approved. This will include individual instrumental lessons and practice so that the band can participate in the Old Settlers parade.

Elementary principal Caryn Ziettlow reported on the Reading and Language Arts Curriculum committee. The committee determined that a consistent reading text series for K-6 was important to implement and selected a program called “Treasures” from McGraw Hill, which the board approved.

Training sessions for the teachers on the new reading program have been set up. This is the first time a single series has been chosen since the reorganization of the elementary schools. Ziettlow said the committee selected this book series because it “offers freedom and choices.” The old texts will continue to be used as resources in small groups.

The board approved the lengthening of the school day for the 2010-2011 school year by 15 minutes. Where the time will be added and the specific times will be left to the administration.

In other business the board:
• approved the continuation of the contract with Three Rivers Public Health Department for nursing service a the same price as the last two years for five hours a day.
• approved summer maintenance projects.
• approved 14 more freeholder petitions from the Prague school district
• approved the purchase of a new school bus similar to the 2009 Bluebird Vision 65-passenger discussed for no more than $68,000.
• adopted policies related to dating violence, mathematic standards and the Early Retirement Incentive Program 403(b) Plan.
• approved the purchase of four 94 percent efficient tankless hot water heaters as needed to replace ones starting to cause problems.

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