The North Bend Eagle

 

Board looks at NBE upgrades

by Mary Le Arneal
Published 5/23/18

A tour of the elementary school was included in the May 14 North Bend Central Board of Education meeting, which was held at the elementary school.
NBE head custodian Galen Uhing and elementary principal Tessie Beaver showed what has been accomplished so far and what is in the plans for the future.

Board meeting
North Bend Central superintendent Dan Endorf (right) and Galen Uhing (second from right) show school board members the new basketball court and area being groomed for the new playground equipment east of the school building.

Construction has begun on the front offices and in the playground area. Walls are up inside. Outside the old playground equipment has been removed, new basketball cement has been poured and the baskets are up. The base for the new equipment has been started.

Other areas that were viewed were the drainage problem areas on the west side of the building, the boiler, classrooms needing updates and the need to update the “curb appeal” at the front of the school.

Bob Soukup, architect from Carlson West Povondra, showed the board possibilities for updating the classrooms.

Endorf announced that bids were let for constructing the green house, with no bids received. The board authorized him to call some local companies to negotiate with them to build the structure. So far, $75,350 has been received in grants to build the greenhouse with more grants still pending.

The board approved the purchase of four four-way cameras to be placed in the area south of the high school for $7,150. This cost is considerably down from previous cameras purchased due to increased technology.

NBC strength coach Rob Brokaw presented to the board “Critical Reload,” a nutritional shake he would like to make available to students attending summer conditioning. A letter has been sent to parents explaining the drink, it’s purpose and cost. There are 122 students already signed up for summer conditioning.

The board approved offering the drink, which will be no cost to the district.
Endorf reported that three teachers have approached him about offering the Early Retirement Incentive Program next year. He said there are eight teachers eligible.

“With the Jan 5 deadline for application it is good, financially and recruiting, for NBC,” Endorf said. “We get to advertise (for replacements) early and get good applicants.”

The board approved offering the TERIP again with a maximum of five spots available.

The board reviewd the Safety and Security Plans as submitted by Ed Johnson.

“Your district is one of the most aggressive district’s I work with ad the results are very noticeable and indicative of your commitment to the safety of your students, staff and patrons,” Johnson said.

Endorf said the board should take that as a compliment for the work accomplished.

Vollyball, boys and girls basketball coaches all reequested paid third coach. High school principal Brenda Petersen explained that numbers of students going out for the sports are up and there is now enough for “C” (freshman) games, and another coach would be an asset to the teams.

 

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