The North Bend Eagle

 

School board approves budget

by Stephanie Iwan Flamme
Published 9/19/18

The North Bend Central School Board of Education held its annual budget hearing for a request and voted to accept the budget with an annual tax request total levy of 0.7612 at the Sept. 9 meeting.

This is a 3.4 percent increase in total tax asking from the 2017-2018 fiscal year, but only a 1.5 percent total increase over the past four years. The 2018-2019 tax asking for the building fund is the lowest since 2013-2014.

The 2018-2019 General Fund budget is set at $6,792,303.97. The tax request for the Bond Repayment Fund is set at $427,272.72, and the tax request for the Qualified Capital Purposes Undertaking Fund is set at $217,171.72. The Special Building Fund is set at $827,272.72.

North Bend Central received a 2018 bus replacement grant from the Nebraska Department of Education for $42,000. This will pay for half of the cost of a new bus.

School psychologist Robyn Schweitzer gave an overview of her program which is new to the district this year. Schweitzer is a nationally certified school psychologist and her duties go beyond just evaluation, assessment, and data analysis.

Schweitzer provides academic, behavioral, and mental health supports to students. She also consults with teachers and families.

Her 15 years of experience help her work with teachers to reach struggling and diverse learners as well as help provide a safe and supportive learning environment.

“I help students be mentally prepared so they are ready to learn,” Schweitzer said.

She has already established a Lunch Bunch group to work on social skills and has met with the resource officer to brainstorm ideas to help students.

As part of the ongoing discussion about improvements at the elementary building, the board voted to have architect Bob Soukup review and address their questions concerning cost analysis for replacement of the boiler/chiller and rest rooms at the elementary site. Soukup will be asked to report to the Board at the October meeting.

Bob Feuer reported on the school’s landscaping and gave an account of the ash trees on school premises. With the ash bore infestation looming, the cost per tree to treat the trees would have to be done annually. He recommended replacing the trees as being more cost efficient. Feurer also recommended that the students be a part of the learning process of replacing and landscaping with new trees.

New faculty members introduced themselves to the Board. Kinsey Wemhoff teaches second grade and is a 13-year veteran teacher.

Randi Mimick, who teaches third grade, explained that she is excited to be in the district where it is so evident that the community supports the school.

Members of the board will attend the Nebraska Association of School Boards State Conference Nov. 14-16.

The next board meeting is scheduled for Oct. 8.

 

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