The North Bend Eagle

 

Board approves 2016-2017 calendar

by Mary Le Arneal
Published 2/17/06


The North Bend Central Board of Education held its regular meeting Feb. 8 at 6 p.m.

In reviewing the bills, superintendent Dr. Dan Endorf noted that the concession stand had a large cash influx.

“There has been a ton of people in the building,” Endorf said. He called this a plus on having the facilities to furnish the space to hold large events. It was noted that the district wrestling tournament was upcoming and that will again max out the facilities.

The company installing the new football lights will be doing such Feb. 12. They will enter the field from the west so that they will not interfere with the district wrestling visitors.

The board approved the school calendar for 2016-2017. School will start Aug. 19. There will be no school Oct. 31 - Nov. 1. Christmas break will be Dec. 21 to Jan. 4, and school will end May 17.

Randy Dodge addressed the board on unified sports, which was recently approved by NSAA. This will incorporate intellectually challenged students, partnering them with able bodied students for sports.

“This gets all the kids working together,” Dodge said, “treating each other the same. Sports is a good way to do this.”

Dodge said schools have incorporated unified sports in bowling, swimming and track and field. If the school would include bowling as a unified sport Dodge said that cost would be minimal compared to other sports. There are 50 schools interested in the unified sports, with eight schools already committed to the program. Dodge presented the board with a time line to accomplish unified sports at NBC. The board will discuss this again at the March meeting.

Jim Cody addressed the board on the technology needs for the coming school year. It was noted that funds for these purchases had already been set aside in the depreciation fund.

“The tech infrastructure is outstanding,” Endorf said. “Now we need to buy (software) to take us the furthest.”

Cody presented his list of needs. The first being iPads for all the staff so they will not be stuck behind a computer desk when they are using the smart boards for teaching. The second is Learning Management Solutions, LMS, an online portal for taking quizzes or making assignments. Other needs included a drafting program for the industrial technology classes, upgraded memories to get computers to last longer, an upgrade the business lab and more carts for laptops.

“We are moving toward 1:1 with what we are purchasing,” Cody said. “It comes down to the instructors being able to change their lessons to use the computer.”

It was reported that elementary SPED teacher Katie Balerud was in a vehicle accident Sunday night. Nate Schluter will be her sub until her return. Schluter graduated in December from Midland University with physical education and special education endorsements. He was an assistant NBC coach football last fall. The board moved to hire him to replace Carol Murray in fall 2016.
Murray, Peggy Yount and Chris Peterson applied for the Early Retirement Incentive Pay and were accepted along with their resignations.

Elementary principal Tessie Beavers presented the board with the idea to expand the elementary after school program. Teachers Morgan Root and Katie Prenzlow have been working on ideas to incorporate reading, math and career education clubs. They have a lot of ideas that they will organize and present to the board at a later time.

In other business:
• Endorf noted that there have been six applicants for the football coach position. Interviewing started this week.
• Driver education rates were increased to $225 for NBC students and $300 for out-of-district students. It was noted that instructor Dan Watts has declared this to be his last summer teaching the class.
The next meeting will be March 14 at 7 p.m. at NBC.

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