The North Bend Eagle


Principal hired, summer projects planned

by Mary Le Arneal
Published 4/22/15

The North Bend Central Board of Education held its monthly meeting April 13.
The board approved the hiring of Tessie Beaver as principal for the elementary school. Beaver is presently an assistant principal at Everett Elementary School in Lincoln.

The board approved an arrangement that has been agreed upon with Nebraska Furniture Mart concerning the sound system in the new gym, which never worked properly this past year. Mike Pierson of Electronic Sound, Inc., has been hired by NFM to design, install, and provide service for one year on a new sound system in the gym. The school will retain the equipment presently in the gym and will use it other places, most likely in the old gym.

“It has been a fiasco,” superintendent Dan Endorf said of the problems with the sound system, “but I like the direction we are headed.”

Bob Soukup, architect with Carson West Provondra, went over the final sheet of charges with nine areas on the list. These were expenses that were submitted late in the process. Soukup recommended approving four of them that were justifiable and added value to the project. Those not approved were covered in the initial specifications for the project or were follow up to problems. The board agreed with Soukup and approved payment for the four areas.

The board approved the lowest bid on cleaning up the property east of the elementary school. After discussion it was decided to remove the asphalt and concrete slab that were originally to be left.

A landscape engineer will be visiting NBC in May and giving suggestions for landscaping the new construction area as well as the area east of the elementary school.

The board and head of maintenance Kevin Ferguson looked at projects for the summer including installing fencing south and north of the new gym. They also discussed replacing carpet in the old part of school to match carpet in new part.

The board gave superintendent Endorf authority to accept the lowest bid on concrete work that needs to be done at the high school this summer.

The north side of the high school will be improved to make it a more usable parking lot with additional rock, lighting and cameras.

New science texts for K-12 would cost $80,158.93 which includes all resources that come with them: texts, an online version, labs and more. One high school book will be used for Biology I and Biology II. The board approved the expense four to one with Jeff Bauer voting no. He said he would like to see the text first. This cost is less than originally budgeted.

Three Rivers Public Health Department offered nurse coverage with a large increase in cost. After much discussion, it was decided that the school would hire a registered nurse willing to get credentials to teach a college and high school credit class to fill the position.

“Sooner or later we needed to go independent,” Endorf said.
NBC was the only school contracting for coverage from Three Rivers.

In other business the board:
• reviewed the option enrollment for the 2015-2016 school year with 20 students coming in and four leaving.
• approved an auction May 3 to include a school bus and items stored at the old popcorn plant. Rick Hobza is organizing.
• approved using four teacher in-service days in the 2015-2016 school year to introduce the Marzano strategies to all the faculty.
• looked further at the rain water drainage in the new additions at the elementary school.
• looked at the long term plan for district vehicles with a minivan and van to be auctioned.

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