The North Bend Eagle



NBC board approved drug testing

Mary Le Arneal
Published 5/22/19

The North Bend Central Board of Education heard the second reading of the policy concerning random drug testing at NBC. The board, principal Brenda Peterson and activities director Tony Allgood spoke about the communication and education that would take place with students, parents and the community before the testing is put into effect in the fall.

“It’s not about ‘We gotcha,’” Allgood said. “It’s more about giving them a way out, keeping them safe. We want kids to stay in activities, we don’t want to scare them away. We can make a difference.”
Petersen added that parents will be notified of a positive test result first before the school official.

“How can we help you and how can we help you move forward,” Petersen said would be the approach with students.

The board heard Allgood speak about joining with Fremont High School for a swim team co-op. The topic died for lack of a motion.

Representatives from Trane spoke to the board about the cost of the heating and air conditioning systems at the elementary school. Tessie Beaver reported that the teachers are clearing out their rooms and will be ready for Trane to start work May 15. They talked about cost adjustments and contingency items that will bring the final contract price to $1,169,000.

Board member Bob Feurer spoke to the board about the NBC Flood Response Fund. He and Jim Havelka have been on the committee reviewing the requests and have dispersed the first series of applications. There has been additional donations to the fund, making more people able to be helped.

The board approved the hiring of Amber Beltrand to replace Spanish teacher Tyler Montoya, who resigned last month. Beltrand has been teaching in Schuyler and lives in Fremont, with NBC putting her closer to home.

The next meeting will be Monday, June 10, at 7:30 p.m. in NBC Tiger Den.


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