Articles By: Aleen Ratzlaff

64 AMAZING DEEDS

64 AMAZING DEEDS

In her basement, Lana Hauschel stitches patterns on the quilts using a sewing machine attached to a metal frame. Initially Hauschel planned to finish 86 quilts by her July 4 deadline. But because the machine nicked a pin while she was stitching No. 65, she decided to stop with No. 64. “If timing is off a millisecond, it skips stitches,” […]

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USD 410 Board rejects food service contract

USD 410 Board of Education voted to reject the proposal from Opaa, a food management company, to contract for 2018-19 at the special meeting held June 25. School districts such as Marion-Florence, Centre and Canton-Galva partner with the company for their food service. Superintendent Max Heinrichs made the recommendation following negotiations with Opaa. “The only way to see a savings […]

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Special teacher for special ed

Special teacher for special ed

Linda Peters, who retired in May after 43 years of teaching, helps one of her young charges run the bases while learning how to play kickball on her last working day with preschoolers. “Great times that I know I’ll miss,” Peters says.Courtesy photo by Linda Peters To come “full circle,” according to Merriam-Webster, means returning to where one began. That […]

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USD 410 board OKs $44,919 for 161 Chromebooks at HES

USD 410 board OKs $44,919 for 161 Chromebooks at HES

USD 410 Superintendent Max Heinrichs presents Teresa Bernhardt with her Service Award for completing 19 years of food service with the district. Don Ratzlaff As part of its routine agenda, the USD 410 Board of Education approved the purchase of laptops for Hills­boro Elementary School at the June 11 regular meeting. The district had received the lowest bid of $44,919 […]

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Building is learning, teacher says

Building is learning, teacher says

“I’ve found over the years that some of these kids really enjoy getting out in the shop and doing things,” Norm Winter says. “So I decided we’re going to make projects.” Norman Winter tells of the time some 25 years ago when he received a free jig from Maynard Hefley, long-time owner and manager of The Lumberyard that recently closed […]

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Committed to kids for 47 years

Committed to kids for 47 years

Courtesy photo“Title 1 are kids that need some help in reading and/or math,” Gloria Winter says. “They’re just not quite up to speed. They haven’t been diagnosed with a disability.” Gloria Winter completed her 47th year of teaching public schools this May, and for all those years, she said her personal schedule has been wrapped around the school calendar. But […]

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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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