The North Bend Eagle


Board tours shop, hires new teachers

by Mary Le Arneal
Published 2/21/18

The North Bend Central Board of Education reviewed the vocational education curriculum adoption report at the monthly meeting held Feb. 11. Teacher Roy Wright spoke to the board on the needs of the industrial arts program, presenting a list of items needed to update the wood and metal shops.

Superintendent Dan Endorf said the shops were due for updates. Seven years ago, the shop teacher did not request any updated machinery at the time of the area curriculum review.

“It is time,” Enforf said.

Wright’s list amounted to $64,737.83. It included a 3-D printer, updated band saw, replacing a broken drill press, a welder for aluminum, a table to cut steel, and may more items to help prepare students for the job force. With the other career and technical teacher’s request, the total will still be under the $100,000 budgeted for curriculum updates.

This cost did not include $7,187.86 for a new air filter in the shop area. The present filter recycles air every 250 minutes, a new one would filter the air every three minutes. Wright said that was a safety need.

The Greenhouse Capitol Campaign was discussed with vocational agricultural teacher DJ Mottl. He reported that $66,250 in grants have been awarded to the fund with $41,000 additional grants pending or yet to be submitted. Mottl recommended purchasing the building from Stuppy Construction. The board approved the purchase for $67,500. Site preparation and construction are still being considered.

The board looked at the facilities plan for the next three to five years. Some items (HVAC) had to be moved up on the schedule out of necessity, while others (practice field sprinklers) are delayed. A new item brought up was a 10,211 square foot addition to be built north of the wrestling room for a wood/metal shop.

“As we look to expand the program, we need to look at facilities,” Endorf said.
The board approved hiring Breanne Müehlich, a speech language pathologist with an educational background for the 2018-2019 school year. Jeff Manka was hired as math teacher and for the school improvement position, Kinsey Wemhoff for second grade and Max Cook as fifth grade teachers for the coming school year.

In other business:

• Raised the summer drivers education rate to $300 for in-district students and $400 for those out-of-district. Driving time was increased to five hours for all students.

• Approved a change order on the parking lot.

• Discussed co-oping softball with Cedar Bluffs.

• Considered out-of-state travel by teachers to clinics.

• Approved HOSA organization for the 2018-2019 school year.


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