The North Bend Eagle


School board discusses plans for greenhouse

by Mary Le Arneal
Published 10/18/17

NBC ag teacher D.J. Mottl presented a power point presentation to the Board of Education on greenhouses at its Oct. 9 meeting. NBC has received a $25,000 grant to build a greenhouse at the school. The board previously decided to take a year to study different aspects of the project before beginning.

Mottl, superintendent Dan Endorf, school board member Bob Feurer and IT assistant Nicole Rasmussen, who wrote the Monsanto grant, visited three greenhouses at East Butler High School, Beatrice High School and The Career Academy at Southeast Community College.

Mottl spoke about the different sizes and construction of the greenhouses, as well as their uses. He said uses could include growing vegetables for use in the lunch program, growing plants for sale, researching or experimenting with growing plants without soil.

“It would have an impact on the school culture,” Feurer said, an effect other schools have reported.

The original grant request was for a 50-feet-by-80-feet structure, but now they are looking at a 30-by-72 structure. Though no firm costs have been established, Mottl estimates that the cost of material would be $67,500. The school is looking at using local volunteers and other resources to erect the structure that would keep the cost down.

Mottl did say that additional grant money is being looked into as well.
Endorf said that schools visited did not report a significant impact on their school budget with sales of products helping.

Terri Jelinek addressed the board on the school improvement report. She looked at the 2013 to 2016 seniors ACT scores. Overall the NBC seniors are higher than the state average almost every year. The one exception is in the reading category, where NBC students were lower each of the five years reported. Jelinek reported how each of the teaches are focusing on reading comprehension:

Teachers are observing each other incorporating reading in their classroom, new texts are being used in the elementary school, and teachers trying to find appropriate texts that will offer informational reading for students to use.

The board looked at the second opinion on the elementary school heating and air conditioning needs. Geary Engineering of Lincoln wrote:

“The existing system is in fairly good condition when considering that the boiler and chiller are 25 years old. The expected useful life for hot water boilers is 25 years and for chillers is 20 years. The 70-ton chiller should be replaced immediately and the boiler within 5 to 10 years.”

The report went on to offer different options. The board took no action on this matter.

The board looked at the school calendar for the 2017-18 school year. NBC has been selected to host district wrestling Feb. 9, 2018, and is in the running to host speech districts in March 2018. This will affect the school calendar with early dismissal Feb. 9. The board voted 5-1 to accept the district wrestling meet with Feurer voting against.

The board also took an early peek at the 2018-19 school calendar in order to know dates to schedule Marzano workshops or the teachers.

Endorf said that the minutes the school is in session, a requirement set by the state, are determined by how long the seniors are in school. The board discussed the two calendar options and Endorf will share with the teachers to get their input.


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