Articles By: Aleen Ratzlaff

USD 410 board approves tuition fees for preschool at May 14 meeting

The USD 410 Board of Education approved preschool tuition fees for the 2018-19 school year at its May 14 regular meeting. Tuition for half days for 3- and 4-year-olds meeting four days a week will be $150 per month, at a total cost of $1,340. All-day five-day-a-week sessions for 4-year-olds will be $375 per month, at a total cost of […]

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USD 410 board delays vote on $118,480 alert system

The USD 410 Board of Education tabled approval of a P1 Groups proposal for installation of a new intercom, clock and bell system for Hillsboro Middle High School and Hillsboro Elementary School at a cost of $118,480. Superintendent Max Heinrichs said several questions need to be addressed, including making sure the system “talks to USD 410 phones.” Heinrichs said a […]

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Walking school bus revived for spring

\Come the arrival of spring, the walking school bus is now back on its route for Hillsboro Elementary School children. Principal Evan Yoder made the announcement at the March 12 regular meeting of USD 410 Board of Education. With the walking school bus, children walk to school with one or more adults who accompany them en route. The walking route […]

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USD 410 board to add two teachers for 2018-19

The Free Press USD 410 Board of Educa­tion at its Feb. 12 regular meeting gave support to begin the search for two additional teachers for the 2018-19 school year. The positions are second preschool teacher and a teacher for a third section of second grade at Hillsboro Elementary School. At the January meeting, Evan Yoder, HES principal, had reviewed anticipated […]

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Yoder praises impact of preschool for children

Hillsboro Elementary School principal Evan Yoder told USD 410 Board of Education at its Jan. 22 meeting that children are better prepared for school if they have attended preschool as 3- to 4-year-olds. “There’s no better bang for your buck than preschool,” Yoder said. “Kindergartners are more advanced socially and emotionally if they’ve been to preschool.” In his report, Yoder […]

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USD 410 Board considering outside food management

USD 410 may follow other school districts such as Marion-Florence, Centre and Canton-Galva by partnering with a food management company to contract its food service. At the Dec. 11 regular meeting, the Board of Edu­ca­tion listened to a presentation by Steve Adams of Opaa! Food Management Inc., whose main office is in Chesterfield, Mo. Adams said the company’s nutrition program […]

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USD 410 board expands vehicle fleet

USD 410 Board of Educa­tion approved the addition of two vehicles to its fleet at the Nov. 13 regular meeting. The first, a 2018 10-passenger Ford K1ZO van, will be purchased for $27,741 from Hillsboro Ford, the only bid submitted on time. Prior to the vote, board member Rod Koons asked whether Superintendent Max Heinrich had checked the state bid […]

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USD 410 board discusses goals and classification

USD 410 Board of Education took care of its business agenda in less than 45 minutes at its regular meeting Oct. 9. Following a break for pizza, the board then met to set goals for the district. Superintendent Max Heinrichs reviewed 20th-day enrollment numbers with 281 in Hillsboro Elementary School, 136 in Hillsboro Middle School and 152 for Hillsboro High […]

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USD 410 board votes to bus students

to subdivision homes after school

Children living in the subdivisions of Willow Glen and Carriage Hills in Hills­boro will have the option to return home after school on an existing USD 410 route. That’s the decision reached by the board of education at the conclusion of its regular meeting Sept. 11. Willow Glen resident Miranda Reed, who spoke on behalf other residents attending the meeting, […]

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USD 410 board authorizes budget with steady mill levy

USD 410 Board of Education at its Aug. 28 special meeting approved the 2017-18 budget as published with an estimated tax rate is 61.790 mills. The rate for the past fiscal year was 61.769. “We moved some of the mill levies around to keep the budget balanced from year to year,” said Superintendent Max Heinrichs in reviewing the budget prior […]

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