North Bend Eagle



NBC school board adopts 08-09 budget

by Mary Le Arneal
published 9/17/08

The annual budget hearing of the North Bend Public Schools was included as part of the board meeting held Sept. 8.

Superintendent Jim Havelka made the comments that NBCPS is in very good overall financial shape.

“We have high evaluations relative to similar-sized school districts,” Havelka said, “so even though property taxes will increase, our overall levies will be by far the lowest in the area.”

The proposed $.9167 per $100 of valuation compares to $1.0777 at Tekamaha-Herman up to $1.1694 at Stanton, with the other East Husker Schools in between.

The total tax request adopted, including fees, was $3,767,300 in the General Fund, $252,500 in the Building Fund and $121,200 in the Bond Fund.

Havelka gave credit to the board for retaining a solid budget, giving NBCPS the ability to remain strong financially with prudent management.

The board adopted the budget as recommended and also the tax request resolution.

Havelka reported that the final inspection on the new addition to the elementary school will be made next week; the final bills were paid at this meeting.

The board discussed the ACT scores of NBC graduates being slightly down in the past year, but matched the state average. High school principal Brenda Peterson introduced an ACT class that will be offered at NBC this fall.

Havelka shared information on federal grant programs for 2008-2009. Items covered by the different Title programs include special program teachers and counselor salaries.

In other business:

• Dan Watts will head up a committee to re-cable the high school.
• Athletic teams put 2,472 miles on the vans during the summer, paying $741.60.
•Clayton Cech has been contracted to do snow removal at the elementary school for $80 per hour.

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