The North Bend Eagle

 

Board begins meeting with pride

by Mary Le Arneal
Published 8/22/18

The North Bend Central Board of Education began its Aug. 13 meeting with a little pride. Pride in all that has been accomplished this past few years.

Superintendent Dr. Dan Endorf had a Power Point presentation highlighting all that the district can be proud of, from award winning teachers, to nomination for the 2018 Blue Ribbon School award, the updates in the facility, the impact of Marzano, ACT scores higher than state levels, technology improvements, Career Ed highlights, the greenhouse, increased safety measures, dealing with mental health issues, a School Resource Officer, and more.

High school principal Brenda Petersen spoke to the board about the 1:1 roll out, where each student in the district was given use of a computer. Information for the students and parents has been made available at meetings as well as online at the school website.

Petersen said she used guidance from other school districts for the computer loan agreement that students and parents had to sign.
Petersen said she was asked why this was necessary.

“This is where the world is going,” Peterson said. “The students have to know the technology.”

Jennifer Karnatz gave the board a special education report. She said there has been a philosophical change in special education for the past three years. It is designed to identify and fill in learning gaps for the students, while keeping them with their class.

“The district enrollment has increased 24 percent since 2009,” Karnatz said. “But the total number of students verified for special eduction has decreased 48 percent.”

The addition of the preschool has started to show benefits with intervention starting at an earlier age.

The board approved the agreement with the Dodge County Sheriff Department and Logan View public schools for the hiring of a School Resource Officer.

The board took a tour of the elementary school to see the updates to the office area.

The board will meet Aug. 29 to discuss the budget and again Sept. 10 for its regular monthly meeting.

 

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