The North Bend Eagle



NBC football to return to Class C1, declines to opt into C2

by Mary Le Arneal
Published 11/20/19

With the enrollment numbers pushing the NBC football team back up to Class C1 next year, the North Bend Central Board of Education declined to submit a request to the Nebraska Schools Activities Association that could have kept the Tigers in Class C2, where it has played the past two seasons.

As a result, NBC will play in Class C1 for the 2020 and 2021 seasons. Nov. 30 is the deadline to submit intent to opt down, but staying in the smaller class would have meant the Tigers would be ineligible to qualify for the state playoffs.

NBC football coach Ryan Stieren addressed the board with 10 assistant coaches and parents sitting behind him as he spoke in favor of moving up to C1.

“The NSAA said we should be C1,” Stieren said. “That is a challenge we are going to take on. If we opt down, that will be running from a challenge. That is not who we are.”

Classification is determined by the number of boys enrolled in grades 9 to 11. The limit for Class C2 is 69. This year there are 73 boys in these grades, putting NBC in Class C1 with schools having between 70 and 159 boys in grades 9 to 11.

Board member Francis Emanuel took the devil’s advocate role, saying this being a two-year deal they should look at the numbers realistically.

“I don’t think it’s running away from a challenge,” Emanuel said. “Success would be difficult if we are competing against those with a lot more numbers.”

In the past two years in Class C2, NBC has put together a 15-6 record and made the playoffs both years. In the previous four years in Class C1, NBC had a 7-27 record, leaving some to wonder if competing in C2 was a better option even if the playoffs weren’t a possibility. There was also the chance if the male enrollment falls below 70 before the 2021 season, NBC could be eligible for the C2 playoffs that season.

With the exception of the last two years and a C2 stint in 2012 and 2013, NBC has been a Class C1 football team for more than two decades.

Board president Dan Wesely acknowledged that the football program is better than it was a few years ago.

“Accept this challenge,” Wesley said. “When they get out in life, they will face other challenges.”

In other business, the board adopted the 2020-2021 school calendar. The year will begin August 13, with students reporting August 18. Christmas vacation will be from Dec. 21-31, with students reporting back to school Jan. 5, 2021. The last day of school will be May 18, with graduation May 16. This calendar was overwhelmingly approved by the teachers.

It is social studies’ turn for curriculum review this year. This past week the state just released the standards for social studies education. The teachers would like to learn more about the standards before adopting a textbook. It was decided that social studies would wait a year and PE/health would review this year.

Superintendent Dan Enforf reported that the Birchwood Manor asbestos abatement should be finished this week and the demolition will begin as soon as possible. The gazebo and marked trees on the grounds will be untouched.

The board finished their meeting with a tour of the kitchen area and discussing problems with drainage in the area.

Recently a drain quit working and the kitchen has to cut back until this pipe was repaired. It was noted that the pipe was corroded, and they figured other pipes in the area would probably be the same.

“At some point we have to do something,” Endorf said. “We’ve started to see some issues with bubbling of water and drainage not flowing.”

The board decided to get the drains evaluated and see if something can be done over Christmas break in hopes to make it to May before anything major needs to be done.

The next meeting will be held Dec. 9, at 7 p.m. at NBC.


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