Heinrichs to succeed Thomas at HHS post

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN NANCY MILLER
Max Heinrichs, an instructor at Hillsboro High School, was appointed HHS assistant principal and activities director. He will succeed James Thomas, who announced last month his plans to retire at the end of the school year.


The USD 410 Board of Education unanimously approved Heinrichs’ contract Monday night at their monthly meeting.


The board also accepted a letter of resignation from Tim Beougher, technology instructor at HHS. Beougher will resign after the 2000-01 school year to accept a full-time position as youth pastor at the First Missionary Church in Newton.


“Thank you for the opportunity to be a part of USD 410,” Beougher wrote in his letter. “The experiences I have gained are greatly appreciated.”


Patrick Call, principal of Hillsboro Elementary School, reviewed recent parent-teacher conferences within the district. He said a high percentage of conferences were attended despite interference by a snow day.


The percentage of conferences attended by parents dropped less than 1 percent to 96.69-despite the conflict with Mother Nature, he said.


The board also considered a school calendar which will be voted upon later.


This calendar resulted from a survey of staff members and site-council members. (See accompanying article.)


The board was told that Lonnie Isaac, high school tennis coach, was named Coach of the Year by the Kansas Coaches Association.


This is the second consecutive year Isaac has won the award award, which is a rare achievement, said Dale Honeck, HHS principal.


Honeck reminded the board of the importance of March as National Paraprofessional and Special Education Month in Kansas.


He named the various paraprofessionals in the district.


“If you know any of these people, thank them for what they do,” Honeck said.


In other business, changes were proposed in the district’s current teacher evaluation system. Minor problems have been identified.


“Our present evaluation system works as well as the teacher and the principal allow it to work,” said Gordon Mohn, superintendent.


Self-observation by the teacher and a better developed evaluation scale were among the changes proposed.


The board made no decisions about the matter at the meeting.

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