“Onward And Upward” School Board Gives Brief Comments On Bond Issue

The Broken Bow School Board met on Monday evening with only one action item on the agenda, which was approving the fiscal year-end financial statement. Broken Bow Superintendent Darren Tobey did comment and say there was a slight uptick in Covid cases, specifically at North Park. As of the meeting, there were four staff members and ten students who tested positive for Covid across the district. Of those ten students, only one case is in the high school/middle school.

The rest of the meeting was spent briefly discussing the bond issue which failed to pass 503 (FOR) – 848 (AGAINST) on November 9.

Tobey thanked the board for their work on the bond for the past two years and said it is now time to regroup and see what can be fixed. School Board Member Tim Chancellor echoed Tobey’s statement and said it is unfortunate the bond did not pass. He remarked it was a good plan that would have benefitted everyone, but now the board will have to decide where to go next.

Boardmember Pam Holcomb thanked the board, administration, teachers, community members, and voters that came out to vote and helped with the plan for the bond, but admitted that it was frustrating on the bond not working out.

“Onward and upward,” said Holcomb

Boardmember Tom Osmond said, “I was disappointed with the results of the election. As we stated when we went through these processes we’ll still educate our kids to the highest possible level. As a board, we’ll need some time to sit back, figure this out, come up with a plan, and go from there.”

The next school board work session will be on December 6 at noon.

The next regular school board meeting will be on December 20 at 4 PM.