The North Bend Eagle


School board approves bond vote

by Mary Le Arneal
Published 1/23/13

The North Bend Central Public Schools Board of Education has decided its schools need a face lift, and now it will be up to the district patrons to see if they agree.

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New high school science classrooms, an elementary multi-purpose room and a high school gymnasium highlight the additions sought in the bond issue. The tax levy impact for the project would be approximately 2.1 cents per $100, or roughly $21 dollars in taxes on a $100,000 home.

Board members cited the facilities’ needs and the historically low interest rate environment as reasons to pursue a bond issue, which would total $7.365 million dollars. District voters will be asked to approve the bond in a special election scheduled for March 12.

Other projects in the bond issue include: new locker rooms; renovated current locker rooms; support and circulation space; expansion of the high school front office; and renovation of the area where the current science rooms are located. A committee of community members originally recommended a $7.9 million dollar project, but the Board cut $535,000 from the project and will deal with those needs at a later time.

“We studied our needs for two years,” board president Dan Mensik said. “Then we included the community in some meetings, made some smart cuts and this is now a great project for us.”

In other business, the board approved resurfacing of the high school track. With NBC hosting the conference track meet and other large meets this year, an attempt will be made to upgrade the long jump/triple jump event lanes and pole vault area prior to the season, weather permitting. This project will be funded with the NBCPS Building Fund.

New board members Francis Emanuel and Gary Vyhlidal were sworn in, and all board members signing the oath of office. Officers were elected with Dan Mensik and Dan Wesely remaining as president and vice-president, respectively, and Jeff Peters being elected as treasurer.

Superintendent Dan Endorf presented a reshuffling of custodial responsibilities from a building-by-building approach to a district approach to minimize overtime and add the titles district maintenance person with a head custodian in each of the buildings. The board voted to accept the plan for the 2013-2014 school year.

In other business the board:

• Hired a temporary tutor to assist the special education students in preparation for the Nebraska Statewide Assessment tests.
• Hired Jenny Rhynalds for a cook at the NBE
• Hired Heather Lewis and Ray Hartman for part time custodian and bus drivers.

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