Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 21 May 2013 16:20
Jay Dee Schafers has been awarded the Jayne S. and George W. Smith Girl Scout Scholarship for $3,000. A generous gift from the estate of the former executive director of the Girl Scouts created the scholarship. Schafers plans to attend Butler Community College this fall and major in nursing. She is the daughter of Kelley and Travis Schafers of Marion.
Written by Cynthia Goerzen Tuesday, 21 May 2013 16:19The Goessel school board spent a considerable time discussing budget issues during its May 13 regular meeting.
Business Administrator Chet Roberts said state aid five years ago amounted to $4,400 per student, but has been reduced to $3,838 per student. Even though Goessel has 20 more students than five years ago, the drop in state funding makes a difference.
In addition, Roberts said the state is paying only 80 percent of its commitment.
“All districts are having to deal with it,” he said.
Board member James Wiens added, “We can expect less state funding,” which puts more responsibility on the local community.
Regarding the local option budget, Superintendent John Fast said, “As we go up on the LOB, we maximize state aid...
Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 21 May 2013 16:17Fifty-two seniors received their diplomas at the 107th commencement for Hillsboro High School on a breezy and overcast Saturday at Joel H. Wiens Stadium.
The Class of 2013 was led from the Athletic Center on the north end of the stadium to the staging area by the high school faculty, who, for the first time in memory, were wearing the regalia of their alma maters.
Three seniors addressed the participants. Valedictorians Bailey Kaufman and Tena Loewen reviewed the class’s journey through the school system.
Salutatorian Joshua Wiebe, citing a quote from professional basketball icon Michael Jordan, challenged his classmates to learn as from failure as from achievement.
Also addressing the graduates were Superintendent Steve...
Written by Aleen Ratzlaff Tuesday, 21 May 2013 16:16Unified School District 410 Board of Education approved at its May 13 regular meeting refinancing its bonds for a savings of $352,500.
The action followed the Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act hearing, which is required before approving and issuing tax-exempt bonds that could benefit a private entity, in this case Tabor College.
The board also approved the Tax and Securities Compliance Procedures Resolution regarding written policies and procedures required by the IRS.
Last month, a representative of Piper, Jaffray and Co., which manages the district’s bonds, met with the board about refinancing. He said he anticipated a savings of $200,000, based on interest rates in April.
But a decrease in interest rates since then...
Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 21 May 2013 16:14About 120 students at Canton-Galva Elementary School in Canton participated in a fitness program that saw them run a combined total of some 600 miles.
The program was the brainchild of Jeff Savage, who teaches physical education classes at the school.
“We do the fitness run in PE three times a week,” he said. The challenge was for each student to run the equivalent distance from Canton to Galva, about six miles.
To keep accurate track of their progress covered, students worked in pairs of two. Savage said its 28 laps around the outer edge of the gym floor to cover one mile. As one student ran, the other would hand that student a lollipop stick as he or she passed by until the student collected 28.
“I had a great big barrel of...
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