Articles By: Aleen Ratzlaff

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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Hillsboro, Peabody-Burns, MCSEC recruit new staff

Hillsboro, Peabody-Burns, MCSEC recruit new staff

The start of a new school year also brings new teaching staffs to area schools. This article introduces new teachers at USD 410, USD 398 and the Marion County Special Education Cooperative. USD 410-Hillsboro Five teachers will be making their debut at Hillsboro schools this year. Jessica Bowman will teach English language arts for grades eight, 10 and 12 at […]

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Three USD 410 staff feted for service

Three USD 410 staff feted for service

Three past employees of USD 410 received plaques commemorating their years of service at the Aug. 14 Board of Education meeting. Lisa Mayfield has worked for 11 years as an administrative assistant at Hillsboro High School and Hillsboro Middle School. Doug Dick taught for 12 years at Hillsboro Elemen­tary School. Lee Albrecht completed 55 years with the district as a […]

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Wear approved eyewear, eye doc warns

Wear approved eyewear, eye doc warns

Mark Abrams Optometrist Mark Abrahams, who sees patients two days a week in Hillsboro, has advice for those who plan to watch the solar eclipse on Aug. 21. “Even when (the sun) is partially exposed, looking at it can cause thermal burns in the back of your eye,” Abrahams said. “It’s just like shining a laser in your eye.” He […]

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Generations join skills for ‘Bubba’s Bubble Bath’

Generations join skills for ‘Bubba’s Bubble Bath’

The book cover for “Bubba’s Bubble Bath.” Grandfather Paul Klassen and granddaughter Mariah Kliewer have collaborated to publish a children’s book titled “Bubba’s Bubble Bath.” Klassen wrote the story line and Kliewer created the illustrations. The team that made it happen: granddaughter Mariah Kliewer and grandfather Paul Classen. “I remember Poppy telling stories (about Bubba), and I remember them mostly […]

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