The North Bend Eagle

 

Board to light up back of school

by Mary Le Arneal
Published 6/17/15

At their monthly meeting, the North Bend Central Board of Education members looked at lighting and making the lot behind the high school more user friendly.

District superintendent Dan Endorf has spoken with Carson West Povondra architect Bob Soukup and North Bend electrician Gary Widhelm to get their input on the project. Soukup gave two proposals, one with standard parking lot lights on six light poles along the tree line costing $36,000. The second proposal would use eight LED fixtures mounted on the school building at a cost of $10,000. Both Soukup, Widhelm and the board went with the second option.

In the front parking lot ground there were three options ranging in price from $35,000 to $18,550. The question was about grading, compaction, whether to use gravel, crushed concrete, or rock. Two board members asked why paving with concrete was not considered. It was decided more investigation will be done, including getting a ballpark estimate on paving, before a decision will be made.

In a construction update, Endorf said Electronic Sound will be at the high school this week doing the final fixing on the sound system in the new high school gym. The sound system removed will be used as a supplement in the old gym.

The board heard from the Safety Committee meeting. Board member Gary Vyhlidal attended and said Dodge County Sheriff representative Mike Ough would like access to a floor plan of the schools and an access key for emergency use. Endorf will look into this.

Results of Ed Johnson’s observations from his tour as part of NBCPS’s Safety and Security plan was shared. Johnson’s started his remarks off with ““Wow, what an improvement in facilities! The district is to be commended on the new construction and the remodeling of other existing facilities. This is by far the best report I have been able to write on your district’s behalf.”

Johnson visits the district every year, per state statute and submitted a 13 page report on the two schools.

The board looked at projected numbers of enrollment for the coming school year. It was noted that the seventh grade will have 65 students as of June 5, the sixth grade 41 students. All other classes range from 39 - 50, most in the mid 40s. In discussing this with the middle school teachers, they wanted to handle it themselves. It was decided a paraprofessional would be hired for each class to assist the teacher with the larger class sizes.

High school principal Brenda Petersen and counselor Chris Gaughen presented the board with a proposed class they are investigating, Career Education. They have applied for a Revision Grant to help start up the class. The class would help students explore different career opportunities, the education or job skills need to pursue a job, how to apply for a job, what to look for in a job, etc. It is hoped by 2016 the course would meet the Nebraska Career Education program of Study in a pathway determined by NBC.

Petersen reported that Caleb Schultz had been placed to student teach in Industrial Arts with Jeff Jacob, who retired from teaching in 2013 and has been hired to serve as the cooperating teacher to supervise him for 14-16 weeks in the class room. This situation will continue until Wayne State College determines that the student-teaching placement has been successfully concluded. Schultz may take the position as a full time teacher.

“It’s a band-aid fix,” Endorf said. “There were only two graduating from Wayne State with Industrial Arts degrees. We’re lucky to have one.”

In other business the board:
• continues to hold $25,000 payment to DR Anderson for cleaning of the interior block in the commons area because of a white residue that needs to be eliminated.
• looked at updates in middle school and high school handbooks.
• approved an Americanism oath that dates back to the McCarthy era for teachers to sign.
• heard a preliminary report on Affordable Care Act impact on the school insurance.

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