The North Bend Eagle


 

School reclaims money from county

by Mary Le Arneal
Published 4/23/14

The North Bend Public Schools Board of Education meeting got off to an interesting start last Monday night as the school board learned it will receive about $500,000 from Dodge County.

“We didn’t win the lottery,” superintendent Dan Endorf said. “These are (tax) receipts we have been planning on for some time.”

NBCPS receives taxes from three counties – Dodge, Saunders and Colfax. Endorf keeps track of the income from the taxes and noted that NBCPS was not receiving the same percentage from Dodge County as the school was from the other counties. Endorf said the Logan View superintendent noticed the same trend. The two districts joined together and inquired about shortfalls in 2011 and 2012.

Upon investigation, the county discovered 42 other entities (fire departments, other school districts, townships, etc.) that were also shorted. The problem was blamed on communication between computers. The Dodge County computer was leaving the money in the county’s general fund among others. The errors added up to $2.3 million dollars, just sitting there in the county’s accounts.

Endorf said the glitch in the computer communication has been corrected and all outstanding balances will be settled in May.

The board also approved the changing of the academic calendar for the end of this year and beginning next year. School will end for all students on May 14 this year. The teachers will have the following two days to clean up and out of their room if they will be moving. Graduation will be May 18 as scheduled. With the school empty, the construction workers will be allowed to work on the old science wing and other areas immediately after graduation. However, the change leaves two days short on their 185-day contract, and the district will now use August 19-20 to give the teachers paid time to move into classrooms.

The board heard a presentation from high school principal Brenda Petersen about Striv TV. This service allows live streaming on the web of all home athletic school events and up to 10 special events each school year. Startup costs include a MacBook Pro and recorder for a total of $3,312.74. Annual cost the following years would be $1,975, and Striv TV would provide yearly training as needed.

The board voted to try the service out for one year starting this fall.

The board created a new position of tech assistant to help NBCPS technology coordinator Jim Cody. Salary, benefits and job description were approved for the year-round position. Endorf will advertise and screen candidates and Cody will sit in on the interviews.

In other business, the board:
• Voted to approve the amended budget to include the $7.365 million bond issue monies in the Special Building Fund.
• Approved the purchase of a 59-passenger bus for $83,330.
• Approved the hire of Brittnie Muller to replace Chris Smith as a SPED teacher at NBE.
• Accepted the resignation of para-professionals Karen Dunn and Mary Meyer.
• Approved contract with Three Rivers Health Dept. for school nurse coverage.

 

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