New USD 410 business manager settling into role

A 13-year resident of Hillsboro, Jerry Hinerman has become an even more integral part of the community in his new role as clerk and business manager for USD 410.

Hinerman stepped into the job July 1, 2000. He oversees the district’s payroll, accounts payable and various other bookkeeping duties. He also provides financial information to members of the school board.

He succeeded Marilyn Schmidt, who was a mainstay in the business office for 2? years.

“I feel really fortunate that we’ve been able to make a smooth transition between a clerk with a great deal of experience and Jerry,” said Gordon Mohn, district superintendent.

Hinerman has faced many challenges. The most exciting, he said, is to “find ways to be more efficient, to do things better, to save the district money or to help the board make more money in certain areas.”

His goal is to improve life within the district.

Along with the challenges comes the inevitable paperwork, the least enjoyable aspect of the clerk position for Hinerman. But other aspects of the job compensate.

“I’d say the thing that I like the most about my job is the people I work with,” Hinerman said.

Hinerman has lived in Hillsboro since graduating from Tabor College in 1988.

He, his wife and their three (soon to be four) children have become active members of the community.

His involvements include being the statistician for Tabor College basketball, a position he assumed during his college career. He is also treasurer for the Mennonite Brethren Southern District Conference .

Hinerman’s resume includes several school-related careers. He taught accounting at Tabor College for eight years, then worked as the clerk for the Marion County Special Education Cooperative, which coordinates services for special-need children in Marion County schools.

Hinerman’s overriding goal in these capacities has been to serve people. Within USD 410, he wants to make life easier for staff.

“I’d like to be more efficient in using district resources and make things easier for the board,” Hinerman said.

“He’s doing an excellent job and we’re really happy to have him with us,” Mohn said.

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