The North Bend Eagle


 

Board weighs space options

by Katie Mattson
Published 2/22/12

The North Bend Central Public School Board of Education’s monthly meeting convened on Feb. 13 with an unusually large audience in attendance.

The increased interest in Board proceedings was brought on by anticipated discussions concerning the future of space utilization at North Bend Elementery. Currently the Board is weighing four solution options to solve NBE’s space restrictions created by the addition of a preschool and increasing numbers: 1. Make do with current configuration; 2. Permanent addition/renovation; 3. Renting a detached mobile/portable classroom for installation on the NBE campus; or 4. Moving the sixth graders to the high school.

Superintendent Dan Endorf began the meeting by addressing the audience directly, telling visitors that though “discussion will held concerning the facilities questions, no decisions will be made tonight.”

Of biggest concern to parents was the proposed fourth option of moving the sixth graders - currently in classrooms at NBE - to the high school facility in order to free up space at the elementary.

“Obviously the sixth grade option creates the most change,” Endorf said.

Community members were given the opportunity to speak, with several expressing desire for continued discussion and possible committee formation before any decisions were made. Varying perspective showed that while some parents worried about having their sixth grade student interact with high schoolers, others mentioned the separation of sixth grade “areas” and schedules at the NBC facility would well help create a more gradual transition from and an elementary to high school setting. Presentations were heard by the Board from Endorf, high school principal Brenda Petersen and community member Carol Emanuel outlining the impact, pros and cons and scheduling changes the option of moving the sixth graders to NBC would create. Further discussion on the four proposed options was deemed necessary. Endorf will create a committe to study the options. No action was taken.

In other business:
• The Board reviewed bids for the preschool playground and principal Ziettlow discussed the Rule 11 requirements for a preschool playground.
• Interviews for preschool teachers are slated to begin the week of Feb. 20 with four applicants up for consideration.
• Drivers’ ed rates for 2012 were reviewed and changes approved to match current educational norms.
• Discussion was given to the four new members of the East Husker Conference.
• High school restroom renovation plans were presented by Bob Soukup.
• A bid from Great Plains Communications was reviewed and accepted to increase ESU 2’s current bandwith from 40 mg month to 100mg per month.
• A proposed 2012-2013 school calendar was chosen and approved.
The next Board of Education meeting is scheduled for March 12.

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