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Board inspects new track
High school principal Brenda shows members of the school board recent improvements to the track and football field.

Board makes changes to speed construction

by Mary Le Arneal
Published 8/21/13

At its regular August meeting, the North Bend Central Public Schools Board of Education took a field trip.

The board’s first trip was to the front of the school to see how the bricks chosen for new construction at the school matched the bricks on the existing building. The addition of a new gym and new science rooms—among other features—were approved by a public vote last spring. Bob Soukup, an architect with Carson West Provondra, set the samples he had chosen next to the columns in front of the high school. Board members expressed approval of his selection.

The board then journeyed out to the recently resurfaced track. High school principal Brenda Petersen pointed out the solid green football field, a result of newly installed sprinklers in the perimeter of the field. The board members were duly impressed with the area.

Back in the library meeting room, board members saw tile and other samples from Soukup that will be part of the new buildings. Soukup had drawings to show how the entry area in the new high school gym will look.

There was a discussion on how best to get the construction completed with the least disturbance of the academics schedule and vice versa. To have students taking classes near the construction area would require extra precautions and time on the part of the builders. Superintendent Dan Endorf said he had spoken with wrestling coach Ken Streff, who was willing to move the wrestling practice back into the cafeteria for a year. The wrestling team practiced in the cafeteria for decades before the practice building was built west of the high school in 2003. In speaking with the physical education teachers it was decided that weight lifting class could be moved to the shop room for a year. The board approved these measures since it will expedite the construction of the new buildings by keeping students farther away from construction. At the elementary school, construction will rarely affect student life.

Petersen said the theme for the coming year would be “Under construction,” with teachers greeting students wearing yellow hard hats on the first day of school. Elementary principal Caryn Ziettlow said the theme for her school will be “Colorful Tigers.” Both principals said they, the faculty and school were looking forward to classes starting the next day.

In other items the school board:
• approved hiring Emma Trofholz as paraprofessional and Tom Olson for a custodian position.
• approved state social studies standards.

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