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Kindergartner Paige Samuelson shares with her classmates the weather for the day, as students do at the start of every day. She is using the SmartBoard in her classroom..

School board looks at technology in classroom

by Mary Le Arneal
Published 2/19/20

The North Bend Central Board of Education began its Feb. 10 meeting hearing about how the youngest NBC students are using technology in their classroom.

Kindergarten teacher Jodi Dorcey addressed the board on how she and her students use technology every day. When the students come in first thing in the morning they mark their presence on the SmartBoard, an interactive display projected at the front of the room, as well as look at the calendar and weather. Dorcey said she uses the SmartBoard all day long. The students use an iPad one to three times a week to practice reading and math skills. At times during the year they do assessments on the iPad.

“Thank you for your commitment to technology and having (Jim Cody) here to help us,” Dorcy said in closing.

Cody addressed the board on where the district was in the 1:1 Technology Integration Plan begun in 2018. With the planned purchases the next two school years, Cody said the school has an inventory of items so that things can be fixed without purchasing new ones.

High school principal Brenda Peterson said that the Chrome Book is suited for the middle school and Macs for the high school.

“Some students have to be upgraded if they are in a class that needs a higher level of computer,” Petersen said.

The board looked at the possibility of a flood this spring. Endorf and three board members attended a meeting of Dodge County and local personnel who were called into action for the 2019 flood. Endorf reported that everyone there was concerned about liability.

“There was a lot of good will,” Endorf said. “FEMA looks at whose responsibility it was; therefore, who should have to pay for it. As good samaritans, we did the right thing in March 2019. What are we to do if another flood happens? What about liability?”

There was concern expressed if the school should become an evacuation site. High school principal Petersen said that there is less liability when there is no charge for using the school facility.

The board authorized Endorf to speak with the district’s attorney to investigate the best course of action, should a potential natural disaster happen related to liability.

The board looked at purchasing an additional vehicle so that the 1997 and 1999 vans can be retired. Maintenance director Kevin Ferguson presented the board options with the cost of a mini-bus that would hold 30-35 passengers or a 12 passenger express van. The van could be driven by someone without a CDL license and could be purchased through the state at quite a bit of savings. It was decided the van would suit the district’s needs and to purchase such.

The board discussed the work that needed to be done in the kitchen on drainage backup. They have a bid from one plumbing business and decided to seek other bids before accepting one.
Endorf reported that he addressed the Dodge County Board of Supervisors and they have agreed to join the school in expressing concern about the design of the Highway 30 expressway as it crosses Highway 79, the safety of children in school busses and other passengers approaching that intersection.
“Discussion has started,” Endorf said.

In other business the board:
• hired Mike Muck as lunch program director for next year.
• hired Randi Mimick as K-5 Interventionist replacing retiring Susan Baumgartner.
• hired LeAnn Sillivan as elementary secretary. She is presently a para and will continue in some of that role as she trains with Pat Peters.

The next board meeting will be Sunday, March 8, at 6 p.m. to avoid conflict with parent-teacher conferences March 9.

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