The North Bend Eagle

 

Federal discount makes update good buy for NBC

by Mary Le Arneal
Published 6/6/06

North Bend Central’s technology coordinator Jim Cody addressed the Board of Eduction at its meeting Feb. 11 with a saving proposition.

An E-Rate Project for 2019 offered the school a 60 percent rebate from the federal government for infrastructure purchased. Cody has selected the items he will need when the whole school reaches a 1:1 computer-student ratio. He received bids from five companies and the board approved purchasing the items from Great Plains Communications Tela-Data, Inc. for $79,465 worth of equipment that will cost the school $31,786.

Cody took the board on a tour of the server room where the infrastructure wires, routers, switches, fortinet cyber security and other items are stored.

“With the equipment we are getting with the E-Rate money, we will be replacing the current access point models with the new model offered by our vendor which should allow us to have new updates for the next five to six years,” Cody said. “The current model we have will stop getting updates in the next year or two. This will allow newer, ever so changing, devices to connect up to our wifi.”

The board approved the expenditure.

“It seems like internet access has become as important as electricity and water for a school building to operate,” Cody said.

Activities director Tony Allgood addressed the board about the activities that have been added in the past five years and the impact of the NSAA possibly adding girls wrestling as a separate sport. He spoke of the advantage of adding the third coach to volleyball and basketball has had on the NBC teams.

Allgood presented the board with the possibility of co-oping with the Fremont High School swim team. Arlington and Bergan already have students on the FHS swim team and there is room for one more school. After discussion and hearing from a family who would have a student eligible for the team in fall 2020, the board directed Allgood to see if there are other students interested in swimming competitively. He will report back next month and the board will make a decision by its April meeting.

“Do we want a state-rated team every year? Or do we want to offer experiences to grow good kids?” Allgood said in considering what activities to offer NBC students.

High school principal Brenda Petersen reported that a committee has been formed to explore random drug testing. She will bring a sample policy to the board in March, hoping to make it concrete by the end of the school year so that it can be implemented next school year.

“This is not to penalize kids,” Petersen said, “but to give them an out when pressured.”

Elementary principal Tessie Beaver reported on faculty changes at NBE where 25 people applied for the open classroom jobs. Katie Mann will move from SPED to fourth grade when Bev Grueber retires. Jill Lorence will move from second grade to kindergarten, taking over Shirley Johnson’s class. Marissa (Hoops) Ortmeier has been hired to teach first grade. Kelsi Anderson resigned as preschool teacher. Beaver is still seeking personnel for that and the SPED position.

Petersen said they have offered the band position but have not heard back from the person yet.

In other news:
• Rob Brokaw presented a Wellness Policy that fit NBC with all state requirements that the board approved.
• Set drivers ed prices at $350 for district students and $450 for out-of-district students.

 

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