The North Bend Eagle

 

Sixth, seventh graders to get laptops

by Mary Le Arneal
Published 7/19/17

The North Bend Central Board of Education held its monthly meeting July 10 at the elementary school media center.

Principal Brenda Petersen presented the board plans for issuing a Chromebook laptop computer to all sixth and seventh graders at NBC.

“Everyone gets a Chromebook, case and bag to carry it in,” Petersen said. “This is a $400 investment in each student.”

Students will go though a series of training and curriculum meetings before receiving their Chromebook. Basics for using the Chromebook will be covered as well as specific student responsibilities.

Before a student can take a Chromebook home they will need be sign three agreements, 1) acceptable use policy, 2) insurance form and 3) computer loan agreement. Insurance can be under the parents’ home owner insurance or purchased from NBC for $25. This covers damage or loss. This fee is applicable for one academic year. Students on free or reduced lunches can apply for a waiver. If the student doesn’t have insurance, they can use the Chromebook at school but not take it home.

Kevin Ferguson, facilities director at NBC, presented the board his research on purchasing cameras for the busses. Of the seven companies he spoke with, he recommended REI in Omaha. They would place four cameras in each of the seven busses NBC uses for $19,572.33. The cameras would be placed in the front and sides of each bus offering a criss-cross view of the bus. The driver would not see the camera screens, but they would be downloaded every night on Ferguson’s and the principals’ computers. If there would be an event on the bus, the driver could press a button and the filming would be marked.

“From my experience (working for) the Dodge County Sheriff’s office, I’m all for this,” board member Jay Poessnecker said.

The purchase of cameras was something the bus drivers and parents expressed a need for when discussing preschoolers riding the busses.

“The primary purpose is to monitor behavior of the students,” superintendent Dan Endorf said.

Ferguson said the busses could be taken into Omaha and cameras installed before school starts.

The board voted unanimously to approve the expenditure.

The board approved a $44,000 change order for Trane who is installing the HVAC units on the high school roof. This was necessary to remove wood bracing and redo roof terminations to curbs to ensure a weather-tight seal.
Carson West Povondra architect Bob Soukup addressed the board with plans for the elementary school facility needs. Principal Tessie Beavers and teachers requested that the playground be updated so that the city park would not have to be used.

The board also considered year one of a three-year plan to update the 1958 elementary building by updating the bathrooms, a face lift for the older classrooms with new cabinets, sinks and windows as needed and a re-configuration of the administration area.

Soukup asked that the board make a decision by September at the latest so he can draw up plans, have the board review them so that bids could be out in January, decided on in February so that work can be done summer of 2018.

“To keep us moving forward, we have to keep deciding things,” Endorf said.
The next board meeting will be Aug. 14 at 7:30 p.m.

 

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