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NBC landscape
The landscaping on the east side of the NBC high school building has been completed. The south side of the school is next in line for improvements.

Board meets new staff, looks at lawn upgrades

by Mry Le Arneal
Published 10/21/15

The North Bend Central Board of Education held its monthly meeting Oct. 12 in the Tiger Den at the high school.

The meeting began with the introduction of the new faculty members Rebecca Smith, Katee Prenzlow and Ryan Stieren. Each introduced themselves and told what attracted them to NBC. All said they were attracted to the smaller school and appreciated the interview process NBC has with those who will work with the candidate meeting them. Stieren came from an Omaha school and has been impressed with the students.

“They are great kids, respectful, and have good manners,” Stieren said, “and there is great community support.”

The board looked at the landscape time line following the construction of the new school additions and purchase of land near the elementary school. Rick Hobza reported on the completed landscaping on the east side of the high school.

“We got more than we expected from Lanoha Nursery,” Hobza said.

The front lawn of the high school is next in line for some attention. A sprinkler system will be installed with new sod in the spring. The board wants to do the landscaping right and approved the work but requested more investigation into prices.

The board discussed the need for a windbreak east side of the elementary school. Endorf reported that something needed to be done to break the wind at recess. Two bids were received for 11 or 25 trees to cover 192 feet. It was decided $6,500 would be spent on trees as tall as the money will buy. Hobza will look into options.

The board approved purchasing a 11,000 Lumen projector and 106-by-188-inch screen for the new high school gym. The one there now will be moved into the old gym.

The board looked at year one of the three-year Facilities Strategic Plan. So far cost estimates for items have run high, with projects costing less than expected. One item on the list was the football field lights, which have outlived their 40 years of life expectancy. The seven poles, original to the field, were inspected and all show signs of decay. The board voted to seek bids for removal and replacement of the lights. The company doing the inspection recommended replacing them with four poles at the 15-yard lines with LED lighting.

Superintendent Dan Endorf shared with the board a letter that will be sent to parents of NBCPS students. He reviewed the NeSA test scores where North Bend students started out with good scores and improved them over the years, but have not reached the goal of 100 percent in the reading and math assessments. The school did not meet expectations for adequate yearly progress. Therefore, the parents will be receiving a letter in which the

Commissioner of Education Matthew Blomstedt says that the goal is unrealistic. Endorf said that nothing will happen as a result of the letter.

High school principal Brenda Petersen reported that NBC has been selected to host a district wrestling tournament Feb. 12-13, 2016. The board approved a 1:30 dismissal on the 12th.

“The more successful it is the better chance we have to host more,” board president Dan Wesely said.

In other business, the board:

• Accepted the bid from Mike Settles for shoveling snow at the elementary school at $100 per hour per unit.

• Heard Americanism committee report. Endorf pointed out how many lives were affected when NBC teacher Bernie Nicola was called to duty.
The next meeting will be Nov. 19 at 7 p.m.


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