Articles By: Aleen Ratzlaff

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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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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