The North Bend Eagle


School board meets new teachers

by Mary Le Arneal
Published 6/20/12

The North Bend Central Board of Education met June 11 for its regular meeting. The meeting began with the introduction of Jana Post and Morgan Root, the two new faculty members at North Bend Elementary. Post will be teaching 5-6 grades, and Root is the new preschool teacher.

The board spent some time discussing the Early Retirement Incentive Program (ERIP) that offers financial benefits to encourage eligible certified employees to retire early. There are qualifications for the program with eligibility that must be met by Sept. 1, 2012, and a specific participation window that expires Aug. 31, 2015. The board discussed many different options but tabled its final vote until the July meeting. The board will need to vote on it at their July meeting or it will sunset.

NBCPS Activities Director Tony Allgood addressed the board about the pole vault pits , saying the landing bags need to be replaced or restuffed. The board voted to restuff the bags. Allgood said the track surface was breaking down on the inside lanes and is due for maintenance, but it can survive for one more year. The board voted to strip the track and replace it with a polyurethane surface that will last 18-20 years with maintenance every eight years. The cost is approximately $110,000. There is a grant that can be applied for to help with 25 percent of the cost.

Much discussion was given to the scoreboards in the gym and football field. Allgood presented prices from two companies. The scoreboards would be wireless and the outside one would be able to do the timing for track meets. The board voted to replace all three boards, which would allow it to take advantage of a price cut for purchasing all three at the same time. Allgood will talk to the companies and come back with comparable bids. It is a possibility that advertising could be sold to put on the scoreboards, now or at a later date.

The board had a special meeting Monday to open bids for the NBE renovations. It was decided to meet early rather than wait a month for the regular meeting so that the builders can begin as soon as possible. The next regularly scheduled meeting will be July 9 at 7:30 p.m.

In other business, the board:
• Raised lunch prices by 10 cents and breakfast prices five cents. This was mandated by federal regulations, and also capped by federal regulations. The board also reviewed the new Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act, which has a new meal pattern for proportions served to the students.
• Reviewed the computer/laptop purchases that Jim Cody was able to purchase for less than the money allotted.
• Reviewed the handbook changes at both schools.
• Reviewed policies changes and updates
• Reviewed staff openings for the upcoming school year.
• Accepted a bid from Getzschman Heating LLC for a new furnace and air conditioner for $6,453.

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