The North Bend Eagle


School board eyes flooring; Lambley retires

by Mary Le Arneal
Published 7/17/13

The North Bend Central Public Schools Board of Education met July 8 for its regular monthly meeting.

The third item on the agenda was a construction update, where the board spent a majority of the meeting time.

Jamie Eckmann, an interior designer with Carlson West Povondra Architects had met earlier with a committee to pick out colors for the new construction and presented the types of flooring available. Extensive discussion was given to the type of flooring, certain considerations for the entrance lobby in the new area and how far to go with the flooring. Discussion was also given to the flooring in the new gym.

Several board members have visited schools recently built or remodeled and expressed the desire that the new addition give a good first impression to visitors.

CWP architect Bob Soukup went through the choices with the board. He requested that final decisions be made by July 29 so that the project can go out for bidding Aug. 1. The board will have a special meeting before that date to make the necessary decisions.

The board looked at bids for an additional school bus. Superintendent Dan Endorf said that the district needs six functioning busses, five for routes and one available for activities. The oldest bus in the district’s present fleet is 19 years old and is in need of cost-prohibitive repairs. It will be sold.

Board members Jeff Peters and Gary Vyhlidal asked that a newer bus be used for away trips, citing examples where the NBC bus was the oldest, worst looking bus compared to other busses in the parking lot of events.

The board voted to purchase a 2014 59-passenger bus. Funds that have already been budgeted and from the depreciating fund will be used for this purchase.

It was noted that the copy machines at both school sites are in “miserable” condition. It was decided to lease two machines for a year and after that NBCPS technology coordinator Jim Cody would have time to come up with a long-term solution.

Endorf said he received a letter of resignation from track coach Fred Lambley effective the end of the 2012-2013 school year. Lambley has been coaching for more than 50 years, with the last 37 spent at NBC.

“Staffing is not a problem,” Endorf said. “Replacing a legend is our big concern.”

In other business the board:
• made no changes in the student fees and left activity admission prices the same as last year.
• extended the Early Retirement Incentive Program one more year with three teachers eligible.
• adopted Parent Involvement Policy without changes.

The next regular board meeting will be Aug. 12 at 7:30 p.m.

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