Aug. 17, 2017



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Superior BOE approves teacher contract

Superior may ban burning; make trash service mandatory

Late sock hop show entries being taken

Where's the beef?


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Superior BOE approves teacher contract

Monday evening, the Superior Board of Education extended a contract to JeNae Kort to teach junior-senior high math. Kort will teach the math courses previously taught by Jessica Thompson. Thompson is taking a leave of absence because of health issues. Kort has most recently taught upper level math at Fairbury. She has taught 14 years. Her husband is the superintendent of schools at Meridan. She is the daughter of Dave and Carol Watters, Superior.
As schools starts total district enrollment is approximately 400 students. As of Friday, Aug. 11 there were 193 (compared to 213 in May) enrolled in the elementary school and 203 (compared to 207 in May) enrolled in the junior-senior high school. The kindergarten class is the smallest with 21 students as of Monday. Projected enrollment for other classes are as follows: first grade 28; second grade, 25; third grade 24; fourth grade 35; fifth grade 29; sixth grade 30; seventh grade 36; eighth grade 37; ninth grade 30; tenth grade 41; eleventh grade 26, twelfth grade 33.
The primary focus of the board meeting was once again the policy manual. Twelve new policies were approved. Several focused on details related to purchases made with federal funds. Other issues addressed were threat response, crisis team, use of sniffer dogs, service animals and the Student Assistance Team (SAT) process. Hard copies of the policies were available to the public. All policies were unanimously approved without oral reading and the second reading was waived.
A new policy allows school board members to purchase health insurance through the school health insurance program. Board members electing to participate in the insurance program pay both the employee and the employer portion of the premiums.
In other business, monthly claims from the general fund of $612,866.84 were approved.
After the meeting closed, board members toured the Little Theatre and the new walk-in freezer. The floor in the Little Theatre has been leveled. The new freezer was installed so the school could accept and store beef donated from local producers. Monday, Diller Locker Plant delivered 1,500 pound of ground beef. The meat was unloaded in seven minutes by members of the Superior FFA. Beef animals donated by Dan Corman, Matt Bargen and Kris Bruning was processed at Diller and will be used as part of the school lunch program.
Supt. Isom said it will free commodity money to purchase more fresh fruits and vegetables for the school meal program.
The new freezer space will also more easily let school employees kept track of inventory and find food items in the freezer.

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Superior may ban burning; make trash service mandatory

If ordinances approved on first reading Monday night by the Superior City Council are adopted the way some Superior residents handle their trash will be changing.
Members of the council gave first round approval to two ordinances which address the disposal of trash.
The first ordinance intends to eliminate burn barrels from within the city limits. Currently residents of the community are permitted to burn specific items during set hours, two times a week. Each barrel must have an acceptable cover, be set back from the property line a minimum distance and be attended. But reports submitted to the council indicate many residents are not complying with the rules.
The proposed rules will continue to allow recreational fire pits.
The second change will not only require all residents to contract with a licensed trash hauler for at least weekly trash disposal but will make the owners of the rental property responsible for the trash removal bill. Instead of billing the tenant, the haulers will bill the landlord who may decide to bill the tenant or add the trash disposal fee to the rent.
As both ordinances were introduced without the emergency clause they are scheduled to be read and voted upon at the next two council meetings.
The council approved hiring Jeanie Gay to fill the part-time position in the city office vacated by the retirement of Rita Ordich.
Three additional handicapped parking stalls were approved for the United Methodist Church. The stalls will be located on the north side of the church.
An interlocal agreement with the Village of Hardy was approved. Under the terms of the agreement village employes will be able to dispose of tree limbs at the burn pit operated by the City of Superior. Hardy will pay a $500 annual fee and $10 per load and have access only during the hours the burn pit is open. If requested, the community's fire department will assist when the pit is burned.
Derek Clark reported the violation issued by the Nebraska Department of Environmental Control had been invalidated. According to Clark the department had been told the city was improperly disposing of material associated with the removal of substandard housing. The city responded to the complaint by explaining the procedures followed, providing scale tickets showing where the material was disposed of and presented pictures taken throughout the process.
Clark said the DEQ complemented the city for following the rules and disposing of the materials in an approved way.
The city contracted with the JEO engineering firm to provide design and supervision work associated with the downtown revitalization grant. As part of the $900,000 project, the city hopes to replace Central Avenue curbs and sidewalks from approximately Dave's Place north to Fifth Street. Survey work is expected to start in two weeks. Construction is to be completed in 2018.
Mayor Sonia Schmidt reminded the firm's engineer who will be doing the design work that "Public input is very important to this project."
It was reported the street department expects to begin rebuilding the Second and Bloom street intersection after Labor Day. Work was delayed until after the peak lake travel season. While the work is underway, traffic across the BN&SF tracks will be detoured via either Hartley or Central street

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Late sock hop show entries being taken
We can't report the telephone at the Superior Chamber of Commerce office is ringing off the wall this week since the office doesn't have a telephone mounted on the wall. However, the office is a busy place as the last minute preparations are being made for Sock Hop Days planned for Friday and Saturday.
Shanel Rempe, event coordinator, confided earlier this week that recent unstable weather conditions were making her nervous. She's hoping for moderate temperatures and no rain while the events are underway.
Approximately 20 vendors have reserved spaces for the Saturday afternoon street fair and registrations continued to be received for the car show planned to be held in conjunction with the street fair. Shortly after 12:30 Saturday afternoon, committee members Rempe and Camie Kroeger will be dressed in poddle skirts and at the registration table accepting late registrations for the car show. And while prizes will be given for car show entries, the show isn't limited to just classy automobiles. Most anything you want to show off, including items like boats, tractors, trucks and motorcycles, will be accepted.
Two pages in this issue of The Express are devoted to promoting the event.
From 6 to 7 p.m. Friday participants are invited to "Cruise the Square" in classic automobiles. The vehicles will be loading near the Crest Theatre and music from the 50s will be playing. The Lighthouse Church of the Nazarene will be serving from the Pepsi Food Trailer. At 7:30 the Crest Theatre will show the movie "American Graffiti." Admission to the show will be a non-perishable food item for the Nuckolls County Food Pantry.
About noon Saturday, the NAPA Rock 'N Roll Tool Truck will be open for business outside the Superior Motor Parts Store. Store employees are excited to have the semi-trailer truck visit Superior on a Saturday afternoon, something they didn't expect would every happen.
From 4 to 8 p.m. there will be the car show, flea market, face painting, wine tasting, food vendors, 50s music, hourly prizes, and the National Wild Turkey Federation BB Gun Trailer set up on and along Commercial Street from Third to Fifth and if necessary on Fourth Street between Commercial and Kansas.
From 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Superior Bowl will host a street dance. For the dance, Second Street will be closed from Central to Commercial.
The Nuckolls County Historical Society Museum will be open from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday afternoon and serving root beer floats in the main museum building. Plans are to have sufficient staff on hand so that all museum buildings will be open.

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Where's the beef?
For students enrolled in the Superior school system, the answer is a simple one. It's in the newly constructed 14 x 17 x 8 feet walk-in freezer. The unit, completed Tuesday, after a two-month constuction period, received its first shipment of beef, Monday.
The beef was donated by local farmers Matt Bargen, Kris Bruning and Dan Corman, Sr through the Beef in School program overseen by Jason Jensen, a school board member. The initial shipment was of 1,000 pounds of ground beef and 500 pounds of beef patties. The school uses three-ounce patties. The approximately 2,500 ground beef patties will provide enough for 10 meals. The ground beef is used in 30 and 60 pound batches, depending upon which recipe is used. Plans are to replenish the supply when the first shipment is exhausted. The advantage of the program is the beef is free of additives. Sorry, students, but no rib eye steaks at dinner time.
Mary Hamilton, head of the Superior schools nutritional program, estimated they will serve 375 to 400 meals daily, to student and staff, at dinner time. Breakfast is also served.
The donation frees up funds to be used in other areas of the school nutrition program.

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