The North Bend Eagle


Graduation tentatively set for July 18

by Mary Le Arneal
Published 5/20/20

The North Bend Central Board of Education met May 11 at socially distant spaces, with board members in two rooms connected by the Internet.

The principals spoke to the board about their end of year activity. High school principal Brenda Petersen presented to the board possible dates for a graduation ceremony. She said that in looking at the calendar, July 18 or 19 looks like the best opportunity.

“Of course this will all depend of directives from the governor and health department,” Petersen said.

After some discussion, it was decided to set Saturday, July 18, as the date for the graduation ceremony, to be held at 10 a.m. at the NBC football field. Variations will be considered depending on directives as the date gets closer. The time could be pushed as late as 2 p.m.

“We would like to have it inside with all the usual ceremonies if directives allow us,” Petersen said, “but we will keep the football field as an option.”

The directives in place in July will also determine who can come to the ceremony.

If permitted, the junior class will have the prom the week before graduation. Again, a definite time will be set when the health directives for that time period are in place.

Peterson reported that the students will be coming in small groups to turn in text books and computers and pick up papers normally given to them at the end of the school year. Report cards will be mailed out at a later date.

Elementary school principal Tessie Beaver said that instead of their usual up shift day where students meet their teacher for the next year, the teachers have each made a video introducing themselves and talking about some of the things they will be doing in the next grade. The middle school teachers have also made a video for the fifth graders.

Jim Cody addressed the board with a technology budget update. He had spent $8,980 to prepare for the e-learning with homeschooling. It was budgeted to spent $101,465 to keep the 1:1 computers up to date. New Chrome 20 laptops are already here for the next year’s sixth graders and new Macs for the freshmen are in transit. Cody said there is an E-rate Refund Program that NBC can apply for. Last time this was available it added up to a 59% rebate.

“It can be used to upgrade quite a few things,” Cody said.

The board approved the expenditures.

The board reviewed summer projects with a number of them already completed since companies were able to start earlier with the students gone.

The choir room pit will be filled and then new carpet will be laid in the band and choir room. After discussion it was decided to give the bid to a local company, Hellbusch Flooring.

Superintendent Dan Endorf updated the board on the extensive resurfacing planned for Walnut Street, the north-south street in front of NBC. It will not start until October.

“We will work with the city to make sure the project is done well and fast,” Endorf said. “It will slow (the traffic in and out of the high school) down for quite a while.”

The next meeting will be June 8 at 7:30 p.m.


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