The North Bend Eagle


Nelson retires, Wright hired

by Mary Le Arneal
Published 1/17/24

The North Bend Central Board of Education opened its first meeting of the year with a list of laundry to take care of. They reviewed the code of ethics for board members, re-elected board officers, re-appointed members to standing committees, reappointed businesses who help take care of the school’s business. The usual.

The resignation of middle school special education teacher Dan Nelson was accepted. He is applying for the Early Retirement Incentive Program as Fred Ladehoff has already done. There are two other teachers eligible for the ERIP, but they chose not to participate.

The high school’s maintenance director position will be filled by Roy Wright, who is currently NBC’s industrial tech teacher. He will pull double duty this semester while fulfilling his teaching contract then resign from teaching to fully move into his new position. He is also resigning as the school’s softball coach.

The Certified Staff Negotiated Agreement between the teachers’ union and board was approved. It represents a 4.2% wage increase for teachers, an increase in insurance and 12 paid days off that will not carry over. The current base salary of $37,725 will increase to $39,175 next school year.

It was reported that the school bus put up for auction brought $4,500. The possibility of purchasing a new bus will begin with research.
An overview of the community survey was discussed. Superintendent Patrick Ningen said 80% of the students participated, 25% to 33% of parents responded to the survey and a good number of alumni participated. Two items that received interest were a day care and fine arts facility. It was discussed having a facilities assessment done to plan for the district’s future after the survey results are evaluated.

Whether to get a new architect or one that had worked with the school previously to do the evaluation was discussed. The final report of the community needs assessment will be presented to the public at the February board meeting.


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