The North Bend Eagle



NBC additions have 'wow' factor

by Mary Le Arneal
Published 6/6/06

“Great. Awesome,” North Bend Central 2004 graduate Kristy Mehaffey said.

“This is great for North Bend. It almost made me want to go back to school.”

“Very impressive,” Becky Jedlicka said. She has three sons in North Bend schools.

“It looked like a job well done,” Maxine Urkoski said. Her youngest child graduated from NBC in 2001.

These are just a few of the comments heard as people walked around the high school, middle school and elementary school during a grand opening ceremony and open house held Sunday.

The afternoon event started with National Honor Society president Kyle Kavan welcoming all. The NHS members served as host for the afternoon. Boy Scouts from Troop 110 presented the colors.

NBC superintendent Dr. Dan Endorf welcomed the crowd of almost 300 people. He recognized those who helped in the building process – the school board, Facilities and Grounds Director at Fremont schools Russ Koch, owners representative Rick Hobza, architects Bob Soukup and Jon Carlson, as well as those who served on the original community facilities committee two years ago.
Endorf said there was still a number of “punch list” items that need to be finished.

“The purpose of holding the grand opening today was to celebrate the construction project prior to the beginning of basketball games and wrestling matches,” Endorf said.

Special recognition was given to Kevin Ferguson and the NBC custodial staff for their efforts in preparing the school for the open house.

An 18-minute documentary telling of the history of education institutions in North Bend was shown. Copies of the film can be purchased for $15 at the Eagle office.

The crowd was invited to tour the building and the elementary building to see the new additions as well as the updated areas.

In the new concession stand free hot dogs were offered to all visitors courtesy of Bob’s Custom Meats, NBC FFA, North Bend Physical Therapy and North Bend Insurance.

The new science wing drew a lot of comments about how up to date it was. Science teachers Steve Richardson, Fred Ladehoff and Bernie Nicola were in their classrooms to answer questions.

Dan Nelson was in the special education room used to teach independent living.
Alumni, grandparents, parents and interested patrons of the district lingered in the “new” North Bend school, many reminiscing how it was, but all agreeing the construction was an improvement.

“I’m impressed with all the finishings, the gym color, the bleachers, the glass front of the weight room,” Jedlicka said. “All very impressive.”


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