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Board moves ahead with construction bonds

by Mary Le Arneal
Published 5/25/11

The North Bend Central Public Schools held a public hearing May 19 to hear public testimony for the facilities renovation of NBCPS through the issuance of Qualified School Construction Bonds. The board sat in the media center of the high school amid dust and debris of the construction, renovations already begun.

Brent Karnatz was the only member of the public there to question the board.

Karnatz asked it there was a the project was timely, they were not doing things before it was needed. He wanted to know if there was a breakdown of each project cost and if it was timely to spend money on the facilities when programs were needed. The five board members present each addressed parts of Karnatz’ questions. Jim Dake noted that the florescent bulbs used in the present light fixtures were not going to be manafactured any more therefore the necessity new fixtures. Dake also said that heating and air conditioning would be monitored by a computer making it more efficient and consistent.

Dan Mensik stated that nothing was being done ahead of time. The 40 year old building was in need of updating, nothing was being replaced ahead of life expectancy. He noted that the exit lights were always on and replacing them with ones on only when the building was dark would be energy efficient. He also noted that the phone system was on borrowed time.

Dan Wesely noted that a big saving would be seen in replacing braker switches. Mike Borer said that the climate control with a central computer would make the heating and air conditioning more efficient.

The Public hearing adjourned at 8:17 and the Board of Education meeting began.
Karnatz addressed the board with his concern on the district’s need for a preschool program and the lack of any decisiveness in the direction of the district establishing one when the local private one closes. He cited numerous studies showing the long term benefits of preschool. He also recognized the draw that a good school system has for a community and was concerned that the community without a preschool would not be as attractive to young families.

“Personally, I would have preferred to have an increase in taxes go toward a preschool, which has shown can improve learning, scores, etc. versus capital improvements and beatification that likely won’t improve school success, scores, etc.,” Karnatz said.

Wesely said that the board agreed with what Karnatz was saying but felt the improvements to the high school will effect everyone.

“We are still doing just fine on the time frame with the preschool,” Superintendent Dan Endorf said. He noted that at the June board meeting the committee looking into a preschool will be making a presentation.

Al Eveland, representative from Ameritis, reviewed the 18-section paper that needed to be adopted by the board authorizing issuance of the Qualified School Construction Bonds. After discussion, the paper was approved and signed.

The board considered the hiring of a psychologist to replace Janet Pebley who has served the elementary school as a part-time (.4) counselor is retiring. If a psychologist would be hired, though they would cost more, there would be SPED funds reimbursement making the psychologist less costly. The psychologist would be used to help kids in crisis and could do testing. The board decided to sign a one-year contract with the Educational Service Unit (ESU).

The board reviewed the school safety audit done yearly by Ed Johnson. Again, Johnson was complimentary of the school and it’s efforts giving it a good report.

The board went into executive session to discuss classified salaries for the coming school year.

The next meeting of the school board will be held June 13 at 7:30 p.m. at the elementary school.

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