The Nebraska City Public School District board approved the purchase of Perma-Cap seat coverings for the east set of bleachers at Pioneer Field.
The $13,990 upgrade should be installed in time for the first home football game on Friday, Sept. 1 against Beatrice.
The board also voted to spend approximately $9,000 to purchase a riding lawn mower with a 72-inch deck to replace one that has become “exhausted,” according to board member Kent Blum, who serves on the board’s Buildings and Grounds Committee.
Board members also held special hearings on student fees, parental involvement in the schools and Title I parent involvement prior to the start of the regular board meeting.
These special hearings are required annually, according to district superintendent Dr. Jeffrey Edwards.
During the citizen comment portion of the regular meeting, Bill Aultz spoke to the board on behalf of a group of “parents, grandparents and fans of Nebraska City sports.”
Aultz said that the group approached the board about a year ago to discuss the possibility of Nebraska City leaving the Eastern Midlands Conference to give the Pioneers a better chance to succeed in sports.
“When our kids go one-on-one with EMC schools, they can compete,” said Aultz, but in team sports, the Nebraska City students don’t fare as well, he said.
Board members thanked Aultz for his comments, but took no action on his comments.
During the regular meeting, board members approved 24 revisions to existing school policy and 11 new school policies.
The board also approved rates for substitute teacher pay, bus transportation, regular education tuition, and lunch fees for the coming year.
The board also approved the hiring of fifth-grade teacher Susan Armstrong.