Written by Aleen Ratzlaff Tuesday, 18 September 2012 14:41
USD 410 Board of Education approved out-of-state trips for four Hillsboro High School groups at its regular monthly meeting Sept. 10.
Requests were made on behalf of Technology Student Association to its national conference in July in Orlando, Fla., Family Career and Community Leaders of America to its November conference in Oklahoma City, Okla., FFA to its October national convention in Indianapolis, Ind., and an overnight band trip in May to Worlds of Fun in Kansas City, Mo.
“Have fun, but learn something, too,” board president Eddie Weber told the advisers and students who presented the requests.
Such trips are funded by the organizations, although in some cases the district may provide school vehicles. But the cost for drivers and fuel is covered by the organization.
Principals Evan Yoder and Max Heinrich gave building reports at the meeting.
Common Core Standards focus on reading at the kindergarten level, Yoder said, while math is emphasized for first through fifth grades.
One initiative, Yoder said, Hillsboro Elementary School faculty and staff will work to create is a culture of having children ride bikes or walk to school.
Heinrich reported on enrollment at Hillsboro High School.
“We’re the same size as we were last year,” he said.
Ten new courses have been added to the curriculum, Heinrich said, including bio-medical, tech innovations and health science.
“We have 20 approved pathways,” he said, referring to the Career Technical Education at the middle and high school levels.
Visual arts, early childhood development, plant systems, computer services and health sciences are among the recently approved pathways.
“We’re not just adding (CTE courses) to add them,” Heinrich said in response to Weber’s question as to whether the district can have too many CTE classes. “We haven’t deleted anything from the core (curriculum).”
Heinrich said it will be important to monitor data about CTE courses over time.
Superintendent Steve Noble presented a written report by Hillsboro Middle School principal Greg Brown that highlighted co-curricular activities, enrollment numbers and the transition being made to the Common Core Standards.
The direction of education, Noble said, is to emphasize science, technology, engineering and math to better prepare students for viable careers.
Tom Storrer, a representing Don’s Heating and Air in El Dorado, talked about options for heating and cooling the HHS gymnasium throughout the school year.
Board member Joe Sechrist asked when a decision needs to be made about HVAC.
“I don’t think there’s a sense of urgency,” Noble said, because the hottest days are past for now.
Noble reviewed Kansas Association of School Board policy changes he recommended, including how decisions will be made for students who request online classes.
The board approved the recommended policy changes 7-0.
Noble also reported on the status of the Early Childhood Endowment project and efforts being made to help secure matching funding as required by the state.
In other business the board:
• approved an amendment to the Grace Community Church lease to include use of the facilities Dec. 24 for a Christmas Eve service.
• approved resignations by Patty Putter as parent educator for Parents as Teachers and Dustin Dalke as junior class sponsor.
• approved added classified staff work agreements and agreed to hire Alissa Unruh as school nurse, Gita Noble as HMS yearbook sponsor, Shandi Tobias and Pati Funk as junior class co-sponsors, Tiffney Harms as Spirit ’N Celebration accompanist, Julia Jost as HHS choir accompanist, Ethan Riggs and Lynn Just as assistant drama coordinators, Suzy Lindsay as at-risk aide and additional work time for Kathy Carr, Mary Loewen and Bernice Mains as kitchen assistants.