Class changes at the high school and additions was a  topic of discussion at the Nebraska City School Board Meeting at NCHS on Monday, March 12. Vice President Teri Stukenholtz read a motion to request changes to current classes and add a few classes the school feels are necessary to a child’s development.
“Information processing needs to be adjusted because kids are coming in from Hayward and the middle school already with the necessary requirements and skill sets, making that class obsolete or antiquated,” said Principal Brian Hoover. “We are combining those skills with the computer applications class to help lead into the IT academy portion of that class.”
The board also approved the addition of a personal finance class that would be a semester in length and is designed to help juniors and seniors  prepare for the real world.
A guitar class was approved by the board as well.
This class would have requirements for the students to perform a holiday concert, pre-spring concert, and a guitar recital at the end of the year. This class is designed to catch the kids that didn’t pick up band as a 5th and 6th grader. The class would be for juniors and seniors and would be capped off at ten students per semester.
The board approved the broadcasting class name change to be “digital media” to add current media, apps and upcoming technology to the course.
The last day  of school for Nebraska City Public Schools 2017-2018 was voted on and approved by the board to be May 24, 2018
Principal Scot Davis gave the update for Hayward noting that they are starting state testing and had parent/teacher conferences on Wednesday night, March 14 and all day Thursday, March 15.
McTeacher’s night at McDonalds was Tuesday March 13 from 4 to 8 p.m. where a percentage of sales went to Hayward school. There were staff there cleaning up tables and talking to parents and children.
Principal Brent Gaswick gave the update for Northside, noting that Thursday, March 15, was K-12 PT Conferences. Gaswick is starting to work with head start parents to talk about getting their children ready to start kindergarten next year.
On another note, Gaswick said, in order to take some of the funding responsibilities off of the PTO, he decided to start a spring fundraiser. Hayward and Northside students are currently selling cookie dough for these fundraisers and $500 of the money raised goes to Nebraska Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (NPBiS) to buy prizes throughout the year for Apple Palooza.
Hayward and Northside Elementary and Nebraska City Public Middle School all participate in the NCPBiS program,  a behavior-based and research-validated process that works to increase student achievement, school attendance, and academic success while decreasing challenging student behaviors.
The program helps schools, families, and communities develop preventive, proactive, and positive environments. The process focuses on building school-wide, classroom and individual systems of support general enough to assist all students, but focused enough to provide students at risk individual help.
 A total of $250 of the fundraiser goes toward purchasing T-Shirts for the WATCH D.O.G.S. to help them get going. WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) are fathers, grandfathers, step-fathers, uncles, and other father figures who volunteer to serve at least one day a year in a variety of school activities that are  assigned by the school principal or other administrator. The program was created in 1998, and since has had more than 6,450 schools across the country launch a WATCH D.O.G.S. program of their own.
Gaswick said he hopes to put together a new principal’s project every year. The first idea they’ve decided on is an indoor horizontal climbing wall for the gym so the kids have more activities to participate in during indoor recess. The P.E. department and after school programs will be able to utilize it as well.
If interested in donating to the fundraiser or to purchase cookie dough, contact each school.
Deborah Mills was voted in and approved by the board as the new psychologist for Northside Elementary and Nebraska City Middle School. Mills is currently living in Omaha and has over 20 years experience in psychology. The school board then voted and accepted the resignation letter from Theresa Durst, second-grade teacher Nebraska City Northside Public School.
A motion was approved by the board to contract with AstroTurf for maintenance to the Pioneer Field Turf. This company is asking for $4,000, which will save $1,000 on the yearly turf maintenance fund.  
After hearing about a decrease in disciplinary bus issues from a few principals, the board voted and approved a renewal for the school bus company, Mid States Transportation with a contract to go through 2022.
Devin and Peggy Santana were approved by the board to host a foreign exchange student from Switzerland for the 2018–2019 school year. A foreign exchange student from Germany was also approved and will be staying with Norm and Nancy Brown.
The board voted and approved the option enrollment requests of four kindergarten students, two from Dunbar, one from Otoe, and one from Plattsmouth.
The Nebraska Association of School Boards (NASB) membership renewal was approved by the board.