Articles By: Aleen Ratzlaff

USD 410 board designates $55,000 for playground

USD 410 Board of Educa?tion members authorized $55,000 from the capital outlay fund at its Nov. 10 regular meeting toward the playground renovation project at Hillsboro Elementary School. The board also approved Athco of Lenexa as the builder and a project budget of $185,000. Superintendent Steve Noble said money from the capital outlay fund can be used only for equipment […]

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410 board OKs IT position

410 board OKs IT position

Vera Isaac receives a plaque of appreciation from USD 410 board president Eddie Weber marking 22 years of teaching at Hills?boro Elementary School. Isaac completed a 25-year career in public education when she retired last May. Courtesy photo The USD 410 Board of Education approved the addition of an assistant technology position during its Oct. 13 meeting. The vote followed […]

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Hillsboro school board passes budget, wrestling arrangement

Unified School District 410 Board of Education, in a special meeting Monday, passed the 2014-15 budget. Initially Superintendent Steve Noble reviewed revenue and expenditure calculations used to determine the budget. The board then voted 5-0 to approve a maximum $4.4 million for the general operating budget and $1.64 million for the local option budget. While the budget cannot increase beyond […]

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Getting educated

Getting educated

Evan Yoder, principal at Hillsboro Elementary School, meets with teacher Tracy Boldt to polish final details for inaugural all-day kindergarten classes. To enhance learning and better prepare students for the transition to first grade, this fall Hillsboro Elementary School joins other schools in Marion County and will offer full-day kindergarten sessions. “The additional time for many of our children will […]

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Schools welcome new teachers to county classrooms

Schools welcome new teachers to county classrooms

Haslouer Marion-Florence and Hillsboro school districts have four new faculty working with students as classes begin this fall. Ellen Haslouer, a 32-year veteran educator, will teach Family and Consumer Science classes at USD 408. She also plans to teach an online course for the Technology Excellence in Education Network. Haslouer, who taught the past 16 years at Solomon middle and […]

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In Peak Form

In Peak Form

The view of Handies Peak (center and in the shade) from the saddle between Redcloud and Sunshine peaks, three of the Colorado 14ers, which rise above 14,000 feet. Sisters Darlene Bartel and Phyllis Van Horn can mark July 11-15 as their 10th year hiking summits of Colorado?s Rocky Moun?tains. Their hiking trips began in 2005 after Phyllis, who lives in […]

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Art, in an abstract sense

Art, in an abstract sense

Artist Shin-hee Chin with her mixed-media work, ?The Bridge,? now on display at Pioneer Bluffs near Matfield Green. ‘I want my art to be a bridge between my Christian faith and the secular world, using art as a medium,’ she says. An exhibit of mixed-media paintings by Shin-hee Chin is on display through Sept. 29 at the Gallery at Pioneer […]

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National run at history

National run at history

Kalen Moss, who will be a junior at Hillsboro High School in fall, sets up her exhibit on Lewis Wickes Hine as part of the competition in the Kenneth E. Behring National History Contest June 15-19 at the University of Maryland. Moss qualified for the event in April when she placed in the top two at the state level. Ask […]

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Couple finding that a ?tiny house? is a good fit

Couple finding that a ?tiny house? is a good fit

Kyle and Danae Schmidt pose in front of the tiny house dream home they have been building in Hillsboro. Once complete, the couple plan to live comfortable in the 200-square-foot structure that includes two lofts. (Zac Remboldt photo) Kyle and Danae Schmidt are building their dream home: a tiny house. Once it?s built, the Schmidts plan to live comfortably in […]

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A home in town

A home in town

Eugene Hein, who took over the locally popular mustard business from his mother in 2010, poses by the filling machine he and other family members use to fill the plastic ?honey bear? bottles with the eight varieties of mustard the business produces. Nearly 25 years ago, Lydia Hein first started packing her ?79 blue Chevy Chevette full of her homemade […]

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