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NBC to have 1:1 student-computer ratio by 2022

by Mary Le Arneal
Published 11/22/17

With the approval of the NBC school board at its Nov. 12 meeting, North Bend Central is on its way to having every student in the district assigned their own computer by 2022.

High school principal Brenda Petersen reported how well the middle school 1:1 Chromebook program is going. With that in mind, superintendant Dan Endorf said the next goal will be for every K-12 NBC student having access to a Chromebook laptop, Mac computer or iPad. Petersen said each student will have something fitting their maturity and grade level. At the elementary level there will be carts with iPads or Chromebooks for the students to use in the classroom. Elementary computers would stay at school, but middle and high school students would be able to take their assigned computer home.

Costs will range from $90,000 to $145,000 a year for the next four years. Endorf said there should be a savings of $10,000 or more on paper, toner, copy machine rental, etc.

The board approved the four-year plan to implement technology to a 1:1 ratio.
The board had reviewed the two options for the 2018-2019 school calendar at the October meeting and asked for faculty input. The teachers overwhelming chose the option with the first day of school for students being Aug. 14.

Christmas break will be Dec. 20 to Jan. 1. Endorf said that this is eight years running the students have had a long Christmas break.

The board reviewed the insurance renewal quote submitted by Steve Grueber of North Bend Insurance. After discussion it was decided to increase the school property deductible from $5,000 to $25,000 for a savings of $12,204. If there would be a need for a settlement of a large claim, the board would use the money in the contingency fund.

Elementary principal Tessie Beaver spoke to the board about the new reading program they are adopting. She said the students will be doing more work on the computer and summarized the many options this curriculum will allow.

A report on the greenhouse to be built with seed money from Monsanto showed a projected cost of $67,500 for material and $35,000 for site preparation. A capital campaign has been started with a total of $40,250 in grants received so far. Multiple other grants have been applied for, with expected awards upcoming. The board approved allocating up to $75,000 to complete the building of the greenhouse if not covered by grants. The goal is to have the greenhouse functional for the 2018-2019 school year.

IT assistant Nicole Rasmussen will work and teach in the greenhouse for two periods a day next school year. She has previously been an FFA instructor in a greenhouse setting. She will continue as IT assistant for the rest of the school day with a technology assistant to be hired.

The board finished its meeting examining the three-year facility plan. In addition to the greenhouse, updating of the elementary playground and relocating administrative offices in the elementary building was in the plans for summer 2018.

Board member Bob Feurer brought up an option of instead of updating the playground now, building eight new classrooms east of the present 1958 classrooms, then tearing down the old classrooms and putting the playground there.

“After the expense of the remodeling, we will still have an old building,” Feurer said. “It would be just as cost effective to put up new walls, new plumbing rather than piecemeal. Get it done in one fell swoop.”

Other board members expressed interest in the idea. Endorf said they could still let the bids out for the playground update in November with time to consider this option. Endorf will speak to architect Bob Soukup to get cost estimates on this different option.

The next board meeting will Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. at the high school.

 

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