Melissa Wheeler, Farm Bureau

The North Bend Eagle

 

Board starts new year positively

by Mary Le Arneal
Published 1/20/21

The North Bend Central Board of Education started its new year with members, including newly elected Doug Hoops, re-electing the current officers, signing their oath of office, making committee assignments, appointments and other routine matters.

Things got a little interesting when the talk came to faculty. Family and consumer science teacher Diane Treat applied for the Early Retirement Incentive program, which was approved. Treat is in her 29th year at NBC. Middle school social studies teacher Ryan Birner resigned. Jodi Yount, hired for the spring semester to fill Ryan Stieren’s vacated business teacher position, announced her resignation effect at the end of the school year. This was done as a formality so the school can start seeking a business teacher for next year.

The board reviewed the long-term goals it has had for five years, all of which have been affected by the pandemic.

The technology area took a leap when Jim Cody ordered items to get the students prepared to do on-line classes.
Facilities area saw projects put on hold as they had to deal with the pandemic. The board is now in the process of selecting an architect for the elementary school projects.

Professional development was consumed by pandemic rapid response. They are looking at post-COVID planning.

“The infrastructure that Jim Cody set up really helped us,” superintendent Dan Endorf said.

The career-based education has seen increased participation as well as had a pandemic response.

Board member Francis Emanuel said he would like to hear from staff as to what direction they would like the board to go.

“What have they seen in other districts that they’d like to see here?” Emanuel asked.

The principals talked about the students coming back after Christmas break.

“I think they were relieved we got to come back,” elementary principal Tessie Beaver said. “I was a little concerned they would forget their masks, but they put them right back on.”

Beaver said they have talked about going back to the two classrooms per grade, but “the kids can’t fathom how they would get back in two rooms.”

She said it is likely they will finish the school year as they are set up, with three rooms per grade.

High school principal Brenda Petersen said that the students have adjusted really well. They continue taking temperatures when they come in the morning and for athletic events but not at lunch time. The students are also pleased that the Tiger Branch of the Platte Valley Bank opened last week.

Emanuel gave a report on the negotiations with teachers. The total package was a 3.775% increase with a $36,000 base pay.

“We are not surging up and down (with teachers pay) like some schools do,” Emanuel said. “Our goal is to keep good teachers here and keep them happy.”

The board will have a special meeting Monday, Jan. 18, to discuss facilities and transportation issues.

The next regular meeting will be Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. at the high school.

 

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