Articles By: Aleen Ratzlaff

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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410 board OKs 2014-15 budget

USD 410 Board of Education approved the budget for 2014-15 at the June 9 regular meeting after a brief executive session for negotiations. The budget was republished with additional revenue from the Virtual Education and Vocational Education funds. An increase in full-time equivalency for the projected enrollment for virtual education added $6,000 while additional funding from Project Lead the Way […]

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Lee Albrecht: Man with a lot of drive

Lee Albrecht: Man with a lot of drive

?There?s nobody who likes having fun more than me, but when I say it?s time to get to work, it?s time.??Lee Albrecht Whether transporting semi-truckloads of grain or the precious cargo of students, Leland ?Lee? A. Albrecht of Hillsboro finds himself spending plenty of time navigating the roadways. Albrecht, who taught and coached at Unified School District 410 for 22 […]

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USD 410 board hears student project

The story of photographer Lewis Hine, researched and depicted by Hillsboro High School sophomore Kalen Moss, was the focus of the Learning Showcase at the USD 410 Board of Educa?tion May 12 meeting. Moss shared and fielded questions about her three-dimensional project featuring Hine, who was instru?mental in helping to change U.S. child labor laws in the early 20th century. […]

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USD 410 board OKs all-day kindergarten

Rows of chairs to seat the public remain empty at most monthly USD 410 Board of Education meetings. But the proposal to offer elective full-day kindergarten for 2014-15 brought a contingency of parents to the April 14 meeting. Hillsboro Elementary School principal Evan Yoder reported more than 80 percent of families represented at kindergarten screening requested a preference for the […]

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USD 410 board hears proposal for all-day kindergarten classes

Discussion of all-day kindergarten took center stage at the regular meeting March 10 of the USD 410 Board of Education. ?Kindergarten is the new first grade,? Superintendent Steve Noble said. Teachers are being asked to do more, Noble said, because of increased curriculum rigor resulting from the switch to current college and career standards. Also, the poverty rate is increasing […]

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USD 410 board considers land sale along Adams St.

The USD 410 Board of Education reviewed several items that will require action next month during its regular meeting Monday evening. Superintendent Steve Noble presented a draft of the 2014-15 calendar that is being discussed prior to action by the board. Also Grace Community Church-Hillsboro has requested a one-year renewal of its lease of facilities at Hillsboro Elementary School, which […]

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410 board OKs building reconfiguration

The USD 410 Board of Education approved Monday evening the reconfiguration of the middle and high schools into one building for grades six to 12 to be called Hillsboro Middle/High School. The decision was made in response to declining enrollment in the district. Superintendent Steve Noble said the change would become effective in late June to early July and will […]

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410 board reflects on meeting

Unified School District 410 Board of Education opened its Dec. 9 regular meeting with a dialog among community, county and state leaders and residents at Hillsboro High School Auditorium. The stated goal, according to Superintendent Steve Noble, was to discuss challenges of declining public school enrollment, increasing poverty and declining state revenues for local schools and governments. Following the 75-minute […]

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