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The North Bend Eagle


Board holds special meeting to get ahead

by Mary Le Arneal
Published 12/1/21

The North Bend Central Board of Education met Nov. 29 to get a final report on the proposed update at the elementary school. Tim Ripp and four others from the Clark-Enersen Architectural firm showed final plans for the updating of the elementary school. Ripp had multiple diagrams of what will be done. He also had a digital walk-through of the proposed finished product. The interior designer showed samples of carpet, tile and other material to be used in the school.

Ripp reassured the board that there is nothing extravagant, and they are reusing items when they can. The electrical panel by the gym is large enough to support the new electrical works at a cost savings.

The board decided that the bid request would ask for new flooring everywhere, but if the bid came in too high the fourth and fifth grade classrooms might not get new flooring.

Jim Cody was present and wanted to make sure there was a space in each classroom for the computer holders along a wall.

The plan is to have a prebid walk-through from bidders on Dec. 7 and open bids on Dec. 23. The board will hold a meeting the next week to accept the “lowest responsible bid.”

The board voted to have asbestos abatement done prior to the construction. Superintendent Dan Endorf has been talking to a company that will be able to do the job in nine to 10 days. The company has not given him a cost yet.

The board approved modifying the school calendar for the elementary school to get the construction started. The elementary students’ last day will be May 12. May 13 will be moving day for the teachers to empty their rooms, moving everything into the gym. Teachers will have professional days until May 18. This way, construction can begin May 14 with the asbestos crew ahead of it.

The board spent time looking at the needs for the next school year and approved hiring a third SPED teacher for the elementary school for next year.
Alissa Muller, R.N., was hired as the 1-on-1 nurse for preschool students and has already started.

The next meeting will be Dec. 13 at 7 p.m.


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