The North Bend Eagle

 

Streaming to stay

by Mary Le Arneal
Published 7/20/22

The North Bend Central Board of Education meeting began July 11 with public comment from Brad Martindale about the streaming of board meetings. This was started on a six-month trial basis, to be reconsidered after such. Korey Bourek reported that around 200 people click on the board meeting during the month (at the July 11 meeting 24 people watched the meeting live) with the average watching time of 18 minutes. The board agreed that there has been no problems nor misunderstandings as a result of the streaming. It was agreed to continue the live stream as long as it did not cause issues with the personnel needed to run it. The motion passed 4-0 with board member Francis Emanuel abstaining and Dan Wesely absent.

Interim superintendent Galen Boldt noted that ESSER, Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief, funds are now gone, meaning students will now have to pay for meals. It was decided to maintain the price from 2020, with breakfast $1.85, lunch PreK-5 $2.75 and lunch 6-12 $3.

It was brought up there is a program where schools can be reimbursed for gas purchased. Boldt will check with the local gas stations to see if they will participate in the program.

The board looked at some of its policies. The Support Services Transportation policy needs to be adapted to include new wording for students living in lake homes and as updated by Karen Haase, KSB School Law attorney.

The Security Resource Office services will need to be re-evaluated. The Dodge County Sheriff’s Department has been short staffed and the deputy assigned to this position has had less time to spend with the schools. The principals felt it was a valuable addition to the school. The approval was tabled to discuss the time factor with the DCSD.

In his superintendent report, Boldt reported that most of the summer projects were complete. There were four dead trees on the west side of the elementary school, but he wondered if replacements would do better in another spot. The elementary school project is progressing. There is a problem with the outside doors and windows with delayed material, but they are working on that.

The board decided to have a meeting Sunday, Aug. 28 at 6 p.m. to accomplish a number of items including a budget workshop. They will have an Americanism committee meeting as required by a 2019 law. Boldt offered to do a unity team building activity for the board at the meeting.

Boldt suggested that the board go digital with the paperwork that is needed for the meetings. There was some hesitation on the board’s part, but they will look into it.

Board member Justin Taylor suggested there be a place for people entering the building to sign in as a safety factor. This will be looked into.

Boldt suggested that they get through the September budget hearing before they start the superintendent search.

In other business the board:
• tabled the hire of a business teacher
• hired Dan Nelson as bowling coach
• hired Elsa Rasmussen as a paraprofessional. There are still openings for paras, kitchen help and a 1:1 nurse.
• Boldt invited board members to an 8 p.m. meeting Aug. 15 when he will address the NBC staff.
The next meeting is Aug. 8 at 7:30 p.m

 

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