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The North Bend Eagle

 

Board starts new year

by Mary Le Arneal
Published 1/26/22

The North Bend Central Board of Education meeting Jan. 17 was the beginning of a new year for the reorganization of the board. After signing the oath of office, election of officers was held. There were two options, one to reelect the current officers or to vote for each office by secret ballot. Board member Francis Emanuel made the motion to retain the same officers, saying everything was going smoothly. In the discussion board member Doug Hoops voiced his opposition and his desire to elect officers individually by secret ballot. Justin Taylor said that he did not think things were going smoothly.

It was decided the motion would be voted on by secret ballot. The motion passed 4 to 2 with Dan Wesely remaining president, Jeff Bauer vice president, Emanuel secretary and Bob Feurer treasurer.

Board committees were appointed with Taylor moving to Negotiations/Personnel/American Civics committee and Bauer going to the Facilities and Transportation committee.

Annual appointments were made with no changes.

NBC English teacher Aaron Sterup and NBE Interventionist Randi Mimick addressed the board about the English language arts and math testing in the 2020-2021 academic year. Superintendent Dan Endorf noted that this testing was after missing two weeks in 2019 because of the flood stopping school and going to online classes in March 2020 because of the pandemic. These tests are given to all students in grades 3-8 with the ACT Math and ELA numbers also included. NBC students did better than the state average in all areas.

The science and English curriculum are being redeveloped this year. There will be new ELA standards next year, and the present NBC standards do not match the states. The new curriculum will be in sync with the state.

Mimick said the elementary school is looking at three different curricula, looking for one that will benefit the students.

“The new (curriculum) will give us a better understanding of how to teach kids as well as help the students meet the standards,” Mimick said.

Elementary principal Tessie Beaver shared with the board the letter being sent out to prospective preschool students’ families. In-district applications and applications of out-of-district students who currently have siblings enrolled at NBC are due by March

1. Other out-of-district students may apply after March 1, but enrollment in the Tiger Cub Preschool will not be guaranteed. There are two sessions with a maximum of 20 students accepted for each session. Beaver said she knows of 24 qualifying (in-district or siblings) at this time. Applications will be time stamped as they are received. It was suggested that the letter be posted on the school website and plans are to do such.

Jill Lorence submitted her Early Retirement Incentive Program application and resignation at the end of this school year. It was accepted.

According to NBC technology coordinator Jim Cody the number of viewers watching the live streaming of the board meeting peaked at 95 about 41 minutes into the stream, with about 84 viewers at the end.

The next board meeting will be Feb. 14 at 7 p.m. at the high school and live stream. A board retreat is planned for Jan. 26.

 

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