Hillsboro School Board sees sixth grade presentation, gets vehicle updates

 

Three sixth graders brought their handmade artifacts from their Egyptian interactive museum to the USD 410 Board of Education’s regular Feb. 11 meeting and fielded questions about what they learned in doing the project.

Owen Dalke, Kenzie Meisinger and Gabbie Arnold, along with teacher Kyle Kroeker, reported that 162 people viewed the 22 exhibits created by the sixth-grade class that were displayed in the Wiebe Media Center at Hillsboro Middle/High School.

Kroeker said students had four weeks to conduct research, construct the interactive artifacts, and, along with help from librarian Janet Whisenhunt, get the museum ready for the visitors.

“The sixth grade did a fantastic job,” Kroeker said. “They could tell you more about Egyptian culture than what they did yesterday.”

Superintendent Max Heinrichs commended the students for their good work.

“They were excited to show their projects,” Heinrichs said about his visit to their museum.

David Sheppard, director of Marion County Special Education Cooperative, gave his annual report to the board. USD 410 currently has 121 students receiving special education services, he said.

Heinrichs updated the board on the district’s vehicle replacement plan and said the plan is to purchase a 10-passenger van and either a 47- or 65-passenger bus during the 2019-20 school year. He said he would recommend purchasing the larger bus, which would cost $6,000 for the additional seating.

Heinrichs also reported on the fiscal year’s capital outlay projects and plans to wire for clocks, bells and intercom system. He also told the board about to complete some electrical work costing $17,687 at the Joel H. Wiens Stadium.

“We improving what we have,” Heinrichs said, adding that costs will be covered by money allocated for the capital outlay of the stadium.

In other business, the board:

◼ approved new wording for the classified staff defined benefit eligibility that will allow employees to submit their resignations in spring with an effective August date, so their defined benefits can be extended through the summer.

◼ approved the 2019-20 district calendar with Aug. 22 as the first day of class and graduation set for May 23, 2020.

◼ approved supplemental contracts for Kalee Cross as head softball coach and Stephanie Sinclair as assistant coach.

◼ approved the termination of Rebecca Ryding as HMHS custodian, effective Jan. 2.