The North Bend Eagle

 

Committee compliments NBC

by Mary Le Arneal
Published 6/6/06

The North Bend Central Board of Education opened its monthly meeting with some good news.

Superintendent Dan Endorf shared a letter from the Nebraska Department of Education regarding a visit by the Accreditation and School Improvement committee in November. The visit was to verify that NBC was in compliance with the accreditation standards and to learn of school improvement activities.

The committee noted that the district had ample instructional units in math and the vocational area.

“Such initiatives create opportunities for students to individualize their leaning experiences,” the letter read. “The fact that you provide such opportunities speaks highly of the rigor of the programs, your leadership’s commitment to curriculum development and the quality of the teachers in your district.”

The committee also commented on the paraprofessional educators in every classroom and the collaboration between administrators at every level and community members.

Each board member signed his oath of office and the previous slate of officers was re-elected with Dan Wesely remaining president.

This is the year in a seven-year cycle for the language arts department to review their curriculum and textbook needs.

Elementary principal Tessie Beaver said that the teachers are looking at a curriculum that has many of the things they felt the previous texts were lacking.

They are going to visit some schools that are using the new texts before making a decision.

Middle and high school principal Brenda Petersen said that they have a “hodge podge” of curriculum and are looking to buy texts that will be “fluid through all grades.”

The board looked at the transportation needs of NBC and gave Endorf permission to get information on purchasing a new bus for next school year. Currently the school has three busses more than 15 years old that are rarely used. There are six busses that are needed for routes with five of them also used for activities. With the amount of gravel roads these buses drive on, they are of no value for trade-in.

Board member Jeff Peters suggested looking at a coach bus that would be used only for activities. Board member Jeff Bauer said the district needs buses to pick up option enrollment students, “where we make money.”

Endorf was given authority to price available buses, including a coach. He would like to put bids out in February to have the new bus available by August.

The district does not have a driver’s education teacher for this summer with the retirement of Dan Watts. Available instructor training was reviewed. The board approved offering to pay for half the training the first year and the other half if they would sign on for another year teaching. If no one can be found, the district will not offer driver’s ed this summer.

The board also heard from Randy Dodge on the success of unified bowling team, both on the lanes (second in state) and individually.

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