The North Bend Eagle


Board tours elementary building for future facility planning

by Mary Le Arneal
Published 5/17/17

The North Bend Central Board of Education held its monthly meeting in the elementary school library May 8.

As part of the meeting elementary school principal Tessie Beaver and head custodian Galen Uhing gave the board a tour of the building, pointing out updates needed in the 59-year-old building.

Beaver started with the front offices, saying there is a need for more room and better logistics. Beaver’s idea was to make the commons area into offices and move the health aide up to the front offices so she could work with the school secretary.

Carson West Povondra architect Bob Soukup was present and suggested that visitors entering the school could turn west after entering the first set of doors. The second set of doors would only be unlocked at the beginning or ending of the school day. Uhing showed the board the 1992 boiler, original bathrooms that are in need of updating, doors that are rusting because of water leakage, classroom door locks that are wearing out, a phone system that is not working properly, classrooms that have a hodge podge of furniture and sinks that leak, and other areas in need of concern.

Superintendant Dan Endorf said the tour is to help the board look ahead to the facilities planning for 2018-2019 year and set priorities.

The board approved the TeamMates mentoring program with information presented by Beaver. She is working with Louise Bauer and others to go forward with the program after gaining the board’s approval.

“I think it’ll be a huge benefit,” Beaver said.

Strength and conditioning teacher Rob Brokaw spoke to the board about the Nebraska High School Strength Clinic he put on this school year with attendees from eight states. With $1,000 from the clinic, Brokaw would like to purchase more efficient, safer racks for the NBC weight room. After some discussion, the board approved the purchase of eight new racks with most of the money coming from activities funds and the board making up the difference. Brokaw said he would have no difficulty selling the six racks that the school presently has and he assured the board that other equipment that school owns would work on the new racks.

Brokaw said he had 87 students in the weight room daily in grades 9 to 12 and expects to have more next year. The students lift weights Monday, Wednesday, Friday and learn to stretch and rehab on Tuesday and Thursday.
Soukup presented the board plans for the softball concession stand, rest rooms and storage building. Work has begun with the digging of the footings with a target date to finish July 4. The board recommended naming the facility Tiger Field.

Paving will begin on the parking lots May 18, Soukup reported, with a target finish date of Aug. 1.

A board committee to discuss transporting preschoolers met with bus drivers, a parent requesting the service and school representatives. The committee recommended preschoolers could ride the bus with conditions that cameras be installed in busses for the drivers to watch the riders, the routes stay the same, and a behavior plan be implemented for all riders. The board discussed the topic for about 45 minutes.

“We should have voted on the committee recommendations,” board and committee member Jeff Peters said. “There should be no more committees if we don’t go with their recommendations. We’ve talked too long on this subject.”

No final decision was made as further information will be sought.

“We need to get this right for the district and right for the kids,” board president Dan Wesely said.

The next meeting of the board will be June 12 at 7:30 p.m.


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