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High school principal Brenda Petersen, second from right, took the board of education members on a tour of the greenhouse built northwest of the high school. Hydroponic tables are to the left and rolling table top benches to the right and past the hydroponics.

Board continues building on success

by Mary Le Arneal
Published 11/21/18

The North Bend Central Board of Education began and ended its meeting on a positive note. The Nov. 12 meeting began with a slide show of superintendent Dr. Dan Endorf, school board president Dan Wesely, elementary principal Tessie Beaver and teacher Bev Grueber’s trip to Washington D.C. to accept the 2018 Blue Ribbon Award.

The meeting ended with a tour of the newest addition to the school, the greenhouse. While it is still under construction, board members were able to visualize the potential it held for students.

The greenhouse construction will be fully completed late November with installation of an irrigation system. After the fire and electrical inspections are approved, the greenhouse will officially be open.

Jeff Manka addressed the board in two capacities. He spoke about the math curriculum adoption, saying that they are going to electronic text books but will need to have print texts for the students who do not have wifi available at home. He said companies have reduced the price of the print text when purchasing the electronic version.

Manka next addressed the board about the school improvement report. This is year five and they are preparing for accreditation visit in March 2019. The board is invited to the debriefing that will be held at the end of the visit.

Jim Cody addressed the board about technology security. He told of all the work and changes he has done to make the NBCPS system secure. Cody also told about a federal government program, E-Rate Funding Opportunity, that he is going to apply for this month. There is a new Category II fund that can be used on network and infrastructure updates. This can be as much as $92,000. Cody is gong to apply for the grant and already has $78,700 of potential updates to use the money on. He said they will have to decide in April if they will accept all or part of the funds. Endorf noted that this would be used for items on our needs list, but some not needed for years to come.

Rob Brokaw addressed the board with a new wellness policy for the school. The policy addresses nutrition and physical activity of the students and faculty. Board member Jeff Peters brought up the possibility of having an open gym.

“With all the cameras we have I think it would be safe to open the gym up more,” Peters said.

After discussion, it was decided that more investigation was needed and it was someting that could possible be addressed next year.

Beaver said the new play ground has been a great asset to the school.

“The kids who want to play ball, can,” she said, “and those that don’t want to play ball can play on the play ground. There have not been any fights this year.”

The board went into executive session for the supeintendent evaluations and to sicuss negotiations.

The next meeting is Dec. 10, 7 p.m. at the high school.

 

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