The North Bend Eagle

 

School board looks at career education

by Mary Le Arneal
Published 11/18/15

The North Bend Central Board of Education held its monthly meeting Nov. 9 at the high school.

Good news shared by the principals included the middle school attending an event in Wahoo on cyber bullying and the FFA land judging team going to national convention after receiving first in state. At the elementary school the fall festival was a success.

Superintendent Dan Endorf shared an article in the Aurora newspaper after a group from Aurora visited NBC to see the new improvements and talk about the bond issue.

High school principal Brenda Petersen and guidance counselor Chris Gaughen updated the board on career education planning. Two parts of the project have been completed with the next part, a community involvement meeting, in the plans.

NBC is in a consortium with nine other schools to work on career planning. There will be four community involvement meetings, with NBC hosting one Jan. 19, 2016. Over 800 people from businesses in the areas have been invited to these meetings. Topics of discussions will include what knowledge and skills students should possess to prepare them for a career, resources schools and communities need to prepare students, and strengths, weaknesses and opportunities to change and develop career programs.

Petersen said they plan to implement the program next school year. A new teacher would be hired as a career educator and job coach.

“It’s not that we weren’t doing this,” Endorf said, “but this brings substance and organization to (career education).”

Board member Francis Emanuel thought this would also help some students eliminate or pick out professions.

“Starting at ages six to eight is the time to expose students to the (career) possibilities,” Gaughen said, “so when they get to high school they know what path to take to prepare them for the future.”

Endorf presented the board with information about the Affordable Care Act, insurance for the 23 school employees, mostly cooks and paraprofessionals, who do not fit in any category for insurance the school now has. The board will discuss it further and make a decision at the December meeting.

Rick Hobza addressed the board about a well on the recently purchased land east of the elementary school. They have not yet settled on trees to be planted as a windbreak with new input from the state forester. The well would be used to keep the grass healthy for recess and water the newly planted trees.

The board went into executive session for the superintendent’s evaluation.

 

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