The North Bend Eagle


Board getting ready for more students

by Mary Le Arneal
Published 8/22/12

Why not start now and be ready at the beginning of the school year in 2013?

This was the question on the minds of elementary principal Caryn Ziettlow and others as the North Bend Central Public Schools Boad of Educaion looked at the number of students in the classes coming into the school system. While many rural schools have seen a decline in enrollment, NBCPS has grown. It was predicted a number of years ago that there would be 457 students in NBCPS in 2012; however, there are 563 enrolled for this school year.

“We have kept our rural identity by bringing in kids like our kids,” NBCPS superintendent Dan Endorf said. “We are growing without losing our identity.”

With two classes nearing the maximum size of 55, classrooms are bulging at the seams. There has been an extra first grade teacher hired to help out with that class, so they are in three classes for half of the day. The new addition this year, the conversion of the computer lab into a classroom and the building of a new classroom, will be a short-term remedy to the growth seen at the elementary school and advancing to the high school.

After much discussion, the board voted to have Enforf look at résumés of educational consultants and bring them to the next meeting. The consultant will look at the school and its growth and offer suggestions to remedy arising problems.
Board president Dan Mensik agreed with the plan.

“It’s going to take time,” he said. “We need to get started.”

Kevin Feruson addressed the board on the school bus route situation. With the new bus, no child is being picked up earlier than 6:30 a.m., with five bus routes covering 468 square miles. Endorf said the school is “way behind in bus purchases.”

“Before we focus on quality (cruiser buses), we need to focus on
quantity,” he said.

Principal Ziettow reported that data from last year’s testing is coming back with good results. Board member Jim Dake commented the scores show that the faculty and staff are doing a good job.

In other business the board:
• raised adult passes to activities to $50. Students will remain unchanged.
• decided to meet Aug. 27 to discuss budget.
• approved the hiring of Jessica Hull (preschool para), Jamie Halladay (para), Fran Spiker (kitchen), Kim Byrd (kitchen, custodian) and Aaron Nelson (bus driver for fifth route).

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