The North Bend Eagle


NBE after-school program appoved

by Mary Le Arneal
Published 4/20/16

The North Bend Central Board of Education held its monthly meeting April 14.

Elementary principal Tessie Beavers reported on a survey she sent to 240 NBE families with children in preschool through fourth grade. Response was received from 82 families, with 61 present saying they would be interested in an after-school program. Many expressing an interest in not only homework help, but also science, sports, health, art, cooking, chess, technology opportunities for the students. The board approved the after school program with yearly evaluations.

The board reviewed unified sports bowling now that it has been sanctioned by Nebraska School Activities Association. Superintendent Dan Endorf recommended that NBC get involved. Unified sports are intended to get special needs students involved with athletics.

“If you get out there when it starts, we have better success,” Endorf said. “I’d rather we start at the outset than try catching up.”

Randy Dodge, of Dodger Bowl, is willing to coach and the projected cost have been trimmed down. The Unified bowling season would be in the fall. Board member Francis Emanuel said he would be in favor of it if it would not hurt other programs. Board member Chris Armstrong said that students can do a Unified and another sport in season if they declare one their major sports that would take time precedence over the second sport.

The Unified Bowling would be done before the Bowling Club season would start. The board approved starting the Unified Bowling, with plans to review it in one year.

Endorf reported that the transformer needed for the lights on the track/football files will be coming in this week and should be in place before the North Bend Invite track meet. He also announced that the city has decided to upgrade 12th street while the school is creating the bus lanes.

The board discussed Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. There are 23 people on staff (paraprofessions, cooks and others) who do not qualify for the school provided insurance. According to PPACA these people must be offered “affordable” insurance. The board reviewed options, and it was decided to see if any of the 23 were interested.

Endorf shared with the board letters he wrote to the Nebraska Department of Roads about the need for a overpass at the intersection of highways 30 and 79. The school board discussed the NDOR meeting at the Chamber of Commerce. It was decided they will continue to discuss with NDOR to find a solution amicable to all.

“The district wants it as safe as possible,” Emanuel said.
The board received notes from Carlson West Povondra architect Bob Soukup about the wrestling room moisture. He recommended that the board put out a request for approval to concrete/waterproofing contractors. It was suggested that a hole be made in the floor so that the contractors could see what they are dealing with. The board agreed.

Soukup also presented four options to clean the precast concrete cap stones at the entry to the new gym. The board decided to try cleaning with a heavy acid. Board member Gary Vyhlidal suggested that they cover the stone with another product, either granite or wood. The board decided to have this as a option.

In other business:
• Jon Baehr request the board approval to attend a basketball coaching clinic in Denver, Colo., April 22-24. Policy 4411 requires board approval for out-of-state professional leave, which was given.
• The board reviewed the resume of Robert Brokaw to hire him as strength and conditioning coach. The board approved the hire 5 -1, with Vyhlidal dissenting.
• The board hired Electronic Sound to install the football and track grandstand sound system.
• The board looked at curriculum revision for band, chorus and art, with each submitting request for $14,380, $19,174 and $32,584 respectively for program enhancements. The approved this once-every-seven-years expenditures.
• The board reviewed the facilities planning work sheet. Endorf was happy to report that many of the jobs completed have come in under cost estimates.

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