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New bathrooms
Architect Bob Soukup, second from left, shows NBC reps the issues they have been dealing with in one of the restrooms undergoing renovation.

Feurer, Jacob retire; construction toured

by Mary Le Arneal
Published 1/22/14

One of the last items on the North Bend Central Public Schools Board of Education agenda was really new news when letters of resignation were received from science teacher Bob Feurer and industrial technology teacher Jeff Jacob. Both requested the Early Retirement Incentive Pay, which was approved, and plan to retire at the end of the school year.

The meeting began with the annual reorganization of the board, which was nothing new as last years officers were elected for another term. Dan Mansik will continue as president of the board; Dan Wesely, vice president; Jeff Bauer, secretary; and Jeff Peters, treasurer. Annual appointments were also made with only one change.

Teacher Morgan Root and K-12 technology coordinator Jim Cody presented the report of the Technology Committee. With the changes in the school setup coming, the committee listed the top eight needs it saw for the 2014-15 school year. The committee made sure that computers were distributed evenly throughout the school system. Preparing for the middle school next year will require the most technological adjustments. It was also noted that teacher training needs to be kept up to date so that the teachers will know how to use all the technology available.

When asked if NBCPS would be able to go to 1:1 student laptop computer ratio, Cody said that NBCPS is not quite ready for that.

“We have a good ratio of machines to students,” Cody said. “We can be 1:1 when we need to be.”

It was noted that the board put monies from the general fund into the depreciation fund for the technology updates warranted by the school updates and changes. The board approved the committee’s request for $88,658 for technology updates.

Carlson West Povondra architect Bob Soukup presented the board a drawing of the proposed storage room to be built for the preschool in 2014-2015 budget year with funds received from the final year of the three-year preschool grant. The board had asked Soukup to make the room such that it could be made into a classroom should the need arise in the future.

Soukup’s drawing was made within the constraints of the existing building and with a double door rather than an overhead door. The board seemed satisfied with this presentation.

Soukup took the board on a tour of the high school to see how the construction project was progressing. Asbestos in the hall ways north and south of the present gym was removed and the new tile is ready to be laid and the duct work in the present gym is complete. The board decided to replace the doors on the south side of the gym. The “skybox,” a large hole high on the gym’s east wall, will be the return air mover. The footings for the new high school lockers and gym have been laid. The bathrooms in the southeast corridor were stripped during the break, with new problems discovered with existing pipes and drains.

Soukup said that the steel has arrived and framing for the new science wing should start shortly.

At the elementary school, the ground has been prepped and as soon as weather allows, the footing will be poured for the multipurpose room.

The board was pleased with the progress and the amount of work that has been accomplished.

In other business the board:
• approved bids for weight and fitness equipment and audio-video equipment to be purchased.
• approved other construction changes.
School Board Appreciation Week is the last week in January. Superintendent Dan Endorf presented each board member a NBC logo polo.
The next meeting is Jan. 20 at 7 p.m.

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