The North Bend Eagle


Nine hats in the ring for NBC board

Published 5/9/12


Mike BorerBorer

Jim DakeDake

Kurt DunkerDunker

Francis EmanuelEmanuel

Calvin PospisilPospisil

Dean SimanekSimanek

Doug VranaVrana

Gary VyhlidalVyhlidal

Dan WeselyWesely

Nine people are in the running for the three seats open on the North Bend Central Board of Education. District 595 residents will be able to vote for three, with the top six advancing on to the general election in November.

The Eagle requested a short statement, published below from each contender supporting their candidacy. The North Bend Eagle will have a more complete examination of the six candidates in the fall.

Dan Wesely is a resident of rural Morse Bluff. He, his wife, Dee, and two daughters are all graduates of NBC. He presently serves on the NBCPS school board.
I can’t believe this my 12th year on the NBC Board. And yes, I would like to be on for four more years. We have done so much in 12 years to make our school a school to be proud of. But as always, there is so much more that needs to be done. Staying current with teachers, technology, facilities, enrollment, class options and so much more. This takes time, sacrifice, experience and the willingness that it all gets done the best way possible. I would be more than happy to be part of Tiger Pride four more years.

Doug Vrana and his wife, Beth, an NBC grad, live east of North Bend. They have a preschooler son.
I am running for the school board to represent families who want a quality education and positive experience for their children in our school system. Our public school has a history of being strong academically, and as a part of the school board I would work hard to continue that excellence while working to help build a plan that serves our students into the future. We are fortunate as a community to have extensive support and interest in our public school. If elected to the school board, I would rely upon my strong family values and experience to make decisions.

Gary Vyhlidal lives in rural Prague. He and his wife, Marla, are NBC graduates. They have two sons attending NBC.
With having 5 1/2 years of previous board experience, from the former Prague School District, this will enable me to better understand the current and future issues facing the NBC school district, like the growing option enrollment (which is great), the possibility of land transfers into the district, building needs, transportation and staffing, and also keeping within budget. I will do my best to serve you (the tax payer), and to work with the board, to make the right decisions at meetings so that the future generations of NBC students have the best education possible.

Dean Simanek lives north of Prague. He is a veteran and currently serves as North Bend Central PTA – president elect. He and his wife have two children at NBE.
My priorities upon election to the North Bend School Board are to:
• Ensure our children are safe to come to school by making sure behavior policies are implemented effectively and push for a bully-free environment.
• Do what I can to make the most of the school district’s funding to improve educational programs and facility improvements.
• To help set the stage for a great learning experience that I know North Bend Central can provide.
I enjoyed my experience attending North Bend. I would like the opportunity to be involved and make a difference for the next generation of students.

Calvin Pospisil lives south of Morse Bluff. He and his wife, Katie, are both NBC graduates. Their two children are students at NBE.
Some nearby school districts are struggling, so the possibility of expanding the school district’s land base and student enrollment in the future is possible. The current facilities at the elementary school and high school should be evaluated for possible renovations, additions and technology upgrades to attract new students as well as keeping our current student population and teachers in the best possible environment for learning. This should all be done in a fiscally responsible way and I believe my 18-plus years as a building inspector and an electrician can bring insight to some of these facility concerns.

Francis Emanuel and his wife, Carol, are both NBC graduates. They live northwest of North Bend. Their six children will all be NBCPS students next year.
As a member of the North Bend School Board, my goal would be to maintain and improve the quality of education offered in our district. I would like to help in the decision processes that continue to make this the place to be for both patrons and students. I would like to help the board seriously evaluate the possibilities of a middle school concept being adopted at North Bend Central. I would like to see more emphasis on the guidance of students as they prepare for work and or college.

Kurt Dunker lives north of North Bend. He is a graduate of NBC. He and his wife, Melissa, have four children, two of whom will be in the NBCPS school system next year.
I would like to maintain high standards of education in North Bend and have the school system be prepared to make the changes necessary to give our students the most opportunities and the tools to succeed in the real world. I have four children, two who are in school, and I want to contribute to their educational process and progress through the school system.

Jim Dake lives in the Ames area. He and his wife, Liz, are both NBC graduates and have two children in the NBC schools. Jim is serving his first term on the school board.
My experiences on school board show me that monthly decisions must also have long term objectives. I have a child in first and seventh grade. As an attorney, I often represent juveniles and their parents and gain insight into the challenges a school system might face. Since being on the Board, we have hired new principals and the superintendent, refurbished both schools’ infrastructures, expanded the elementary school, prepared for a pre-school, welcomed new lands into our district, and opened our arms to 56 option enrollment students. All while maintaining the lowest levy of any school our size or larger in Nebraska.

Mike Borer is a resident of rural Morse Bluff and a graduate of NBC. Mike and his wife, Lisa, have four children in the NBC school system. He is an incumbent presently serving on the school board.
I feel I am a great advocate for the best interest of the students, teachers and parents in this community. I have a strong understanding of the challenges and opportunities that face our school district from serving on the board the past four years and strive to help find ways to best meet those needs. As we continue to grow, I commit to help best serve ALL students at NBC. I care very deeply about the quality of education our students receive and look forward to continuing to serve this district.

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