The North Bend Eagle

 

Board looks at finishing touches and future

by Mary Le Arneal
Published 5/20/15

The North Bend Central Board of Education met May 11 for its regular monthly meeting in the NBC media center.

Carlson West Provondra architect Bob Soukup presented the board with plans to build a parking lot to the north of the school. His proposal included compaction, grading, six inches of new material (crushed concrete) and grading of the new material as well as six 25-foot poles for lighting. The board spent a lot of time discussing the need for that much lighting or if flood lighting versus parking lot lighting would be appropriate. Soukup will reexamine the situation and come back with another proposal.

K-12 Technology Coordinator Jim Cody and IT Assistant Nicole Rasmussen presented the proposed technology plan to the board for the next two years.
In year one they propose at the high school to replace Cart 1, moving those laptops to the library to be checked out; to replace the computer in the English lab (old computers to NBE); at NBC two carts, one for the middle school, one for high school, of 30 Chromebooks each; at NBE upgrade the mini labs using the used machines from the high school.

“The last few years we have spent $90,000 give or take,” superintendent Dan Endorf said. “We now have the infrastructure dedicated to computers. This is stuff that will impact classrooms. We need to continue to make progress.”

Cody said they have gone over the list many times and revised it many times. They have a list for year two, but did not want it approved as things change too quickly in technology.

Funding will come from the general fund and depreciation fund.

The board received only one bid on replacing the blue carpet around the library. It was decided to take the library out of the bid as it might be repurposed in the near future. The final bid cost was $51,757.

The board voted to make a 2015-2016 purchase of a new 59-passenger bus from Omaha Truck for $82,855. This bus will have Zonar, something like GPS, that the board has been thinking of trying out.

The board received resignation from first-year industrial technology teacher Tate Erbst. High school principal Brenda Petersen said advertising has been done with no applications. They are looking at creative ways to fill the position.

In other business the board:
• decided to purchase 40 clocks to complete clock replacement at the elementary school.
• will go with fencing to north and south of new construction west side of school
• heard first reading on changes in nutrition and wellness policy.

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