The North Bend Eagle


School board looks at possibilities

by Mary Le Arneal
Published 2/20/13

The North Bend Public Schools Board of Education started looking at possibilities during its regular monthly meeting held Feb. 11.

Fremont facilities director Russ Koch spoke to the group about how to proceed if the bond for school improvements passes. Koch suggested different ways to approach the building and overseeing of the construction. He encouraged the board to set goals for a project.

“You want a good product, on time and on budget,” Koch said.

A good amount of time was spent talking about the different options available to keep on top of a building project.

“The purpose of this discussion is not to be presumptuous about the bond issue vote,” superintendent Dan Endorf said, “but rather to be prepared should it pass. I think it is our duty to be ready for possible ‘next steps’ the day after the vote.”

Bob Soukup from Carlson West Povondra Architects visited with the board about a time line for the possible construction should the bond pass. Final drawings would not be started until the bond has passed. It would take 8-10 weeks to make the drawings and another 8-10 weeks to bid the project, so August would be the earliest starting date for proposed construction to begin.

Soukup also spoke about the bids for the track resurfacing. Only two bids were received and one was not acceptable because the company was not a certified track builder. Soukup recommended the board reject these bids, remove the requirement for certification, state that “preference would be given, but was not required, to a certified track builder.” Soukup said with the changes there would be more bids and more options to choose from. The board voted to reject the bids and change the project as Soukup suggested.

The board looked at three possibilities for the school calendar for 2013-2014. The length of Christmas break and ending date of school were the main variances. The teachers will discuss the options and then the board will vote on the calendar at their next board meeting.

Endorf reported on the need for an alternative school. Options NBCPS now has for students needing this alternative for their education are limited or costly. Endorf and other superintendents in the nearby schools are looking at establishing an alternative school for their use. There would be an initial cost to start the school then a per student cost for those using the alternative school for their education. Endorf said that right now “we are doing what we have to do to get by.”

Letters of resignation were received from teachers Pam Savio and Jackie Moeller, both taking advantage of the Early Retirement Incentive Program, and staff Jan Hobza, Janet Porter, Mary Samuelson Ring and Rick Hobza.

In other business the board:
• canceled classes at the high school for March 12 to host the district speech meet.
• raised the drivers ed rates to $160 for in-district students and $240 for out-of-district students.
• put summer projects on hold until after the bond issue voting.
• changed the next meeting to Thursday, March 14, at 7 p.m.

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