Forced to choose by Supreme Court, Frick resigns school board seat for bus driver’s seat

School board member Clara Frick resigned her position Monday at the regular meeting of the USD 410 Board of Education.

Following Frick’s resignation, the board approved her contract as a USD 410 bus driver for the 2000-01 school year.

Frick, a school bus driver for more than 15 years, was forced to choose between the two jobs after the Kansas Supreme Court ruled recently that individuals could not serve both as board members and employees for the same school district.

“If someone would have told me earlier I’d have to say this, I wouldn’t have believed it,” said Frick, who had hoped to finish her second term on the board.

Serving on the board was a learning experience she enjoyed, she said. But driving bus, as a part-time job, has worked well for her family, so Frick decided to continue in that position.

The board will publish a notice of the vacancy, to be filled by appointment within 15 days following publication of the notice.

In other business, the board held a public hearing regarding its 2000-01 budget. No one from the public offered comments. After resuming their meeting, the board adopted the budget for the upcoming year.

The board also took the following actions:

n Approved several revisions in the faculty and parent-student handbooks, including attendance policies for excused and unexcused absences for high school students, proposed by newly hired principal Dale Honeck. The adopted changes will be presented to the high school students as well as mailed to their parents.

n Approved employment contracts and revisions to existing contracts for Charlene Driggers, Hillsboro Elementary School summer school; Lana Hauschel and Judy Penner, HES assistant cooks; Martha Roach, Hillsboro High School art; Lisa Hoffman, Hillsboro Middle School science; David Clark, Channel 45 operator; Tracy Isaac, HHS academic skills aide and lunchroom clerk; Ruby Metcalf, HeadStart; Jane Kreutziger, after-school aide.

n Approved supplemental contracts for Darrel Knoll, HMS technology facilitator; Shawn Winter, HMS head boys’ basketball coach; Lonnie Isaac, HMS assistant boys’ basketball coach; Jessica King and Beth Kerbs, HHS assistant volleyball coaches; and Tim Beougher, spring weight room supervisor.

Other business on Monday night’s agenda included:

n Reports from activities director James Thomas and principals Patrick Call, HES, Evan Yoder, HMS, and Honeck.

n Annual board agenda for routine reports during the upcoming fiscal year.

Those attending the meeting included board members Cal Jost, Doug Weinbrenner, Brenda Enns, Ted Russell, Reg Matz, Robert Watson and Clara Frick; Superintendent Gordon Mohn; Jerry Hinerman, clerk; principals Call, Yoder and Honeck; and Thomas, activity director.

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