The North Bend Eagle


Board looks at NBC bus fleet

by Mary Le Arneal
Published 12/20/23

At the Dec. 11 North Bend Central Board of Education meeting Al Wochnick spoke about the bus fleet. He said that NBC is not managing the fleet effectively.

“The routes the buses drive are hard on them,” Wochnick said. “You need to get past the point of doing catchup every year. You need to get ahead or you will get too far behind.”

Wochnick encouraged the board to sell buses while there is still something to sell. One bus is in need of repair that exceeds the value of the bus. Wochnick said that six years is the window on buses so that you have something marketable. The board voted to sell Bus 13 at auction.

Superintendent Patrick Ningen reported that the Nebraska Department of Education released the 2022-2023 AQuESTT classifications. The elementary and middle schools received an Excellent and the high school, Great. The overall district received an Excellent rating. Ningen suggested a banner in the gyms noting such.

The board voted to once again offer a temporary Early Retirement Incentive Program for certified staff retiring a the end of the 2023-2024 school year. The amount of incentive was discussed with the final number, $12,500, staying the same as last year. There is a criteria for a teacher to receive this and it was initiated to encourage the higher paid teachers to be replaced by a less experienced, less costly teachers, and to notify the school so that the search for replacement can be started early.

It was brought up that other districts pay teachers to stay, rather than leave. Ningen explained there are many ways to incentives hires. NBC now has a $3,000 incentive for new hires, which has not been used. It was decided that the board will discuss this at its May meeting for the 2024-2025 year.

The Community Needs Assessment survey is out as of Dec. 11. Students will receive it this week. It is hoped to have the survey completed and numbers to look at by the end of the month. They are using different ways to get the word out and hope the community will respond.

Elementary school nurse Beth Vrana spoke to Ningen about the Tall Cop program, a program to train professionals and communities on drug and alcohol prevention, education, and enforcement. It was suggested that local resources be used to get the information to parents and staff.

“There is definitely a need,” Ningen said. “We will reach out to the Dodge County Sheriff Department to see what they have.”

A discussion of the future of the school facilities was held. It was decided hire a contractor after the community surveys are completed to look at all the facilities and suggest areas for growth.

The activities director report told of the North Bend wrestling invitational where over 300 wrestlers competed. There were 18 boy teams and 14 girl teams attending.

The Holiday Tournament will be held Dec. 28 and 29. The 2022-2023 girls basketball state championship banner will be unveiled.

In other news:
• Midterm graduation was approved for Fred Vech who will be take part in a diesel technology program.
• Linda Hope hire was approved as night custodian.
• The floors in the gym will be refinished over the moratorium.
The next meeting will be Jan. 8, 2024, at 7 p.m.


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