The Nebraska City Public Schools School Board approved the sale of the property that once housed the former Northside Elementary School for $150,000 during a meeting Monday evening.
In April, the board approved the sale of the property, located on 14th Street. Broker Vic Johns of Century 21 Bremer Agency of Nebraska City attended the meeting to represent a buyer, who wished to remain unidentified, to make the $150,000 offer to the board. Johns told the board that the buyer's intentions for the property are also undisclosed, but the buyer wants the school district to zone the property as residential.
"You can't tell us what they're going to use this property for?" board member Teri Stuckenholtz asked Johns.
"We felt comfortable with what this buyer is interested in doing. That it's going to be something that is good for the community," board President Stacie Higgins said.
Johns said the buyer will pay $2,500 to get an environmental report done to test the suitability of the soil. He added that the tentative closing date for the property is Oct. 1.
To kick-off the new school year, Nebraska City High School Principal Brian Hoover invited the board to the Community Pep Rally at the north side parking lot at the high school, 141 Steinhart Park Rd., from 6 to 8 p.m. on Aug. 28. The pep rally is free for the community, except for dinner. There will be games and a dunk tank, and meet the fall student athletes.
Hoover also thanked Traci Reuter of United Against Violence Coalition of Nebraska City for her involvement with getting RESPECT2ALL, and interactive theater group, to teach students in the district about bullying.
"One of the worst things that you can do, in my opinion, that you can do is spend x amount of dollars to bring in a speaker and then that's it. When the speaker walks out, the message walks out with him or her," Hoover said. "So she's done a really good job with that and wanna thank her group."
Northside principal Tony Little said that preschool classes will begin Aug. 25. Little added that enrollment for the kindergarten through second-grade school has increased. He didn't have the exact numbers at the meeting, but he estimated that the kindergarten enrollment started at 92 students and is currently a little over 100.
NCPS Superintendent Jeffrey Edwards announced that the 2014-2015 student handbooks will be available online on each schools' website pages.
"We're going to try an experiment this year. All of our student handbooks, K through 12, are all going to be online. We will have paper copies for those that don't have access that request it," Edwards said. "We're going to try it and see how this works."
Edwards also mentioned a bill pay button that will be available soon for parents to pay bills to the school district electronically.
"That will be available for parents so you can go on and pay with an electronic check, a credit card or your debit card," he said.
The board filled it's two vacant seats. Out of five applicants, Jeff Frields and Jim Dutton were appointed and sworn in as new board members.
Edwards announced that the board will be receiving the Outstanding Board Award at the Nebraska Association of School Boards Area Membership Meeting on Oct. 8 in Nebraska City. Board members Paul Davis, Stuckenholtz and Ken Blum will be receiving level three awards and John Crooks and Higgins will receive level four awards as well.
The board set up a special budget workshop meeting on Aug. 25 at 6 p.m. in the NCPS District Administrative Building, located at 215 N. 12th St., for the 2014-2015 fiscal year.
Board members reviewed and approved the following new policies for a second reading:
- 402.02 Internet Searches Regarding Potential Employees,
- 412.01 Employment of Classified Staff,
- 505.00 Student Discipline,
- 505.02 Student Discipline Procedures,
- 505.07 Emergency Exclusion,
- And 706.02 Purchasing (Credit) Card Program.
Other agenda items that the board approved were:
- The 2013-2014 fiscal year budget,
- To amend the Tax Anticipation Notes resolution,
- And open enrollment requests.
The next school board meeting is Sept. 8 at 6 p.m. in the administrative building.