The North Bend Eagle


Board eyes elementary for updates

by Mary Le Arneal
Published 8/23/17

At the monthly meeting of the North Bend Central Public Schools Board of Education, board members looked at updating the elementary school building. This is part three of a three-year plan to update the NBC facilities.

The core of the elementary building was built in 1958 with an addition in 1968. Beginning in 2003, there have been three additions made to the building. At a summer meeting the board toured the facility with Carlson West Provondra architect Bob Soukup. He said the core has had a lot of coats of paint but not a lot of updates.

At the Aug. 14 meeting, Soukup presented possible tracks the board could follow to meet the needs of the elementary school.

After much discussion, the board decided to go with Soukup’s recommendation to update the outside first and take time to decide what exactly they want done inside.

Outside, a new playground area east of the school would be added. Principal Tessie Beaver said this is a priority of hers as all students will benefit from the updated playground.

Inside, the need to add duct work for the eventual replacement of the 1968 boiler was discussed.

“We probably should redo the HVAC and remodel around that,” board member Bob Feurer said, “so when we do need to replace the HVAC we will have the infrastructure for it.”

Superintendent Dan Endorf said there is no way to get this all done in a summer.

“The scope of it is getting huge compared to the original thoughts,” board member Francis Emanuel said.

Beaver said the students would be flexible in dealing with construction that may continue or start while they were in school.

“The impact of education would be huge,” Beaver said of all the updates.
Funding for these projects, the high school parking lot, softball field and a future elementary project all originate from money in the Building Fund, a part of the school budget.

High school principal Brenda Petersen said she has heard very positive responses from the teachers about the temperatures of their classrooms in her building.

Nicole Rasmussen told the board that a grant that she had written with DJ Mottl resulted in the school receiving $25,000 from Monsanto’s “American Farmers Grow Rural Education.” This money will be the seed money to build a green house for the school.

“This fits well with the career ed campus,” Endorf said.

Mottl said that they will take a year to plan and research with construction in summer 2018.

Endorf reported that school nurse Amy Lloyd has returned to her hospital job but will continue to work at NBC 12 hours a week. Judy Kleopfer, an R.N. who already works as a library aide at NBC, will be the assistant district nurse with Marla Klinzing covering the elementary school. Karrie VanNortwick, also an R.N. and a para at NBC, will teach the Certified Nursing Assistant classes. The board approved this change.

Endorf reported that 594 students are enrolled in NBC schools, with 257 in the elementary school, 99 in the middle school and 238 in the high school.
The board will hold a budget retreat later this month with the next regular meeting scheduled for Sept. 11 at 7:30 p.m.


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