The North Bend Eagle


Board divided on capacity resolution

by Mary Le Arneal
Published 12/23/20

The North Bend Central Board of Education met Dec. 14. One of the items on the agenda, as is every December, was the capacity resolution. This resolution effects the number of option enrollment students that the school can accept. If a grade has reaches or surpasses its capacity with in-district students, then there will be no openings for option-in students.

For this school year, the capacity was set at 37 for grades K-5, 45 for grades 6-7 and 40 for grades 8-12. For the 2021-2022 school year the capacity was changed to 45 for kindergarten to dropped to 40 for grades 6-7. Limits for grades 1-5 and 8-12 remain unchanged.

The resolution states “The board authorizes the waiver of capacity restrictions for applicants with siblings attending the district... Should capacity be reached and an application denied, the superintendent may appeal to the Board of Education to reconsider capacity limits.”

Elementary principal Tessie Beaver said that there were a number of kindergartners who did not attend school this year because of COVID-19. The increase in kindergartners was needed to compensate for these children.

“We’re going to see a ‘bubble’ in this class because of the children who stayed home because of COVID,” Beaver said.

The resolution passed 3-2 with board members Bob Feurer and Justin Taylor voting against it.

“It seemed like quite a removal from our philosophy of years prior and seemed like decisions were being made on unknowns,” Feurer said. “I fear it might cause staffing issues at a later date.”

Beaver also said that she can feel the difference with the small classroom sizes this year with the grades being divided into three sections for social distancing rather than two.

“It makes a huge difference in what you can accomplish in a day,” Beaver said.

The board spent time discussing the hail insurance claim. It authorized superintendent Dan Endorf to take necessary steps to prepare for a competitive bids for repairs to the district’s roofs.

High school principal Brenda Petersen presented four seniors requesting mid-term graduation. Evan Marr will be working at Superior in Columbus with plans to attend Northeast Community College. Jessica Renard is moving to Omaha to attend Metro community college. Dillon Shaw drives for RMG railroad in Fremont and has plans to attend University of Nebraska at Omaha to study aviation. Kolton Collins has enlisted in the Navy and will be leaving in February.

The board accepted the resignation of business teacher Ryan Stieren and hired retired NBC business teacher Jodi Yount for the second semester.

The next meeting is Jan. 11, 2021, at 7 p.m.


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