The North Bend Eagle

 

Board sets lower tax rate

by Mary Le Arneal
Published 9/21/22

The North Bend Central Board of Education began its Sept. 12 meeting with a tax hearing. After considering the property tax request (as printed in the Sept. 7 North Bend Eagle, page 12) and realizing the total assessed value of property differs from last year’s by 4.31%, the board proposed to adopt a property tax request of $0.719494 per $100 of assessed value, down from $0.724782. There was no public input on the request.

The total 2022-23 operating budget will be down just slightly, 0.84%, compared to last year.

The board then unanimously approved the tax resolution for 2022-2023 following the hearing.

Interim superintendent Galen Boldt reported that the elementary school project is progressing. Interior doors are being installed on weekends and after school. Outside windows and doors should begin installation Sept. 26.

At the high school some outdoor challenges – sprinkler system at the football field, iron stains from the water – need to be addressed.
The Nebraska Department of Education has approved NBC’s Early Childhood Program as complying with all governing provisions.
High school and middle school principal Brenda Petersen reported that the faculty is doing a classroom culture training. They have completed two sessions and will have another at the September inservice focusing on encouraging positive interactions and behaviors between students and teachers. Teachers are defining what expected behavior is in common places at the school.

An informational meeting will be held Sept. 21 at 6:30 p.m. for parents to explain Free Application for Federal Student Aid and free college offerings from Metropolitan Community College.

Elementary principal Tessie Beaver reported that students are doing assessment testing to help teachers identify skills students need to become successful readers.

Girls on the Run has been established for girls in grades 3 through 5 sponsored by the PTA and community partners. They are meeting Tuesdays and Thursdays for an hour after school, and Beaver said they seem enthusiastic.

When the exterior windows are being installed there are plans to have “Classroom Camp Out Days” in the library for the class getting new windows. Beaver said she will keep families informed of changes if drop-off and pick-up places are different.

Activities director Jon Baehr reported that the 2023 conference track meet will be held at NBC as the school originally designed to host has a track that is unstable. Baehr also said that the Booster Club is rebooted with Rich Samuelson chairing it.

For new hires, Lorraine Bayer was hired to be the elementary school library para and Matt Gaona for custodian and maintenance at the high school.

Boldt left the board meeting and the business of the superintendent search was discussed. The six candidates for the three available seats on the board had been invited to attend and five were in attendance.

Jack Moles and Rob Hanger from the Nebraska Rural Community Schools Association spoke to the group about how to go about the superintendent selection. At their suggestion, a community/stakeholder committee and a staff committee will form to provide input during the process. It was suggested that the six board candidates be on the community committee and then the board members each select two community members for the committee.

The principals will select staff committee members with those from the elementary, high and middle school, staff and classified balanced.

A timeline was formed, starting with the vacancy being announced Sept. 22. The application deadline will be Oct. 28 with the board going through the candidates Nov. 7, interviewing candidates Nov. 19. The hire is anticipated to be made and announced Dec. 12.
Moles and Hanger discussed the profile data from NBC with its strengths listed. They asked what requirements the board has of a new superintendent. Living in the community, community relations, building trust, getting staff to work together and budget experience were some of the qualities the board thought important.

It was decided that the school would use the NRCSA web sites and contacts, the Omaha World-Herald digital site and the Kearney Hub online site to advertise the opening.

The next meeting is Oct. 10 at 7:30 p.m. The board members will gather half an hour earlier to walk around the campus to inspect the grounds, facilities and building exteriors.

 

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