The North Bend Eagle


School Board sees need for more computers

by Mary Le Arneal
Published 11/21/126

The North Bend Central Public School Board of Education met Nov. 12 in the NBC library.

One of the items presented was the need to update computers for measures of academic progress testing. The new method using a computer would give the student immediate results. NBCPS has joined a consortium to purchase the testing program that would replace paper and pencil standardized testing that takes months to get results.

Turning to the schools’ facilities, the board reviewed the findings of the community steering committee and their feel for the needs of the NBCPSs. Thirty people are involved in this committee; they have come up with numerous ideas for the future of the schools.

“There are plenty of good ideas out there,” board member Jim Dake said. “We just have to convince everyone to do it.”

Board member Mike Borer noted that a number of the items are taken care of year to year with the building fund.

The committee will meet with the architect Nov. 19 and then a financial advisor after that.

Board members Jeff Bauer and Jeff Peters met with three fiscal agents and recommended the hiring of Craig T. Jones, First National Capital Markets.

“He seemed like the best one to sit in front of our community to relate to North Bend,” Bauer said.

In other business, the board:
• hired Matt Shaw for snow removal
• proclaimed Nov. 11-17 as American Education Week
• approved the change in the Early Retirement Incentive Program, increasing the eligibility from four to five teachers this school year at the request of one employee who will be eligible for the first time this year
• heard the school improvement report on the social studies curriculum and texts at NBE and how teachers are incorporating the 15 traits to being an effective person in the curriculum at the high school.

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