Articles By: Aleen Ratzlaff

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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Centre, Goessel, Marion welcome new teachers

Centre, Goessel, Marion welcome new teachers

by Susan Mueller & Aleen Ratzlaff The start of a new school year usually means new teachers taking charge in their classrooms. This article, first in a series, will introduce the teachers for USD 397-Centre, USD 411-Goessel and USD-408-Marion. USD 397-Centre Four teachers will begin their first year of classroom teaching at USD 397-Centre. Sherri Hudson Sherri Hudson is teaching […]

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Abrahams steps in to pursue grandfather’s vision

Abrahams steps in to pursue grandfather’s vision

Optometrist Mark Abrahams is following in the footsteps of his grandfather, Norman E. Abrahams, who practiced for more than 40 years in Hillsboro. Abrahams sees patients at Mid Kansas Eye Care’s Hillsboro office two days a week. “It was always my intention to work here in town.” Norman E. Abrahams founded his optometric office in Hillsboro in 1949, where he […]

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Head Start: Foundation for successful education

Head Start: Foundation for successful education

Marion County’s Head Start preschool programs help children get ready for kindergarten. Lesli Beery, Marion’s Head Start teacher, emphasizes the importance of teaching social-emotional along with academic skills. “They need a good, solid social-emotional foundation before those academic skills can even be learned,” Beery said. “It’s like a pyramid. If you don’t have those foundational social-emotional skills, those academic skills […]

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Early intervention key for children with disabilities

Early childhood professionals can intervene and give needed expertise and support for young children who have disabilities and delays in developmental skills and their families. That’s the mission of the team at Marion County Early Intervention Services, which targets children from birth through age 5. “We not only support the children,” said Shawna Hake, early childhood educator and a family […]

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