USD 410 gives approval for new high school trap shooting team

USD 410 Board of Education officially granted naming rights at its Dec. 10 regular meeting to the Hillsboro High School Trap Team.

The action followed a proposal presentation by students Jessica Saunders, 16, Logan Oborny, 17, and Samantha Saunders to start a trap team at Hillsboro High School. The sport involves shooting at clay pigeons that are released from a spring trap.

All meets will be held at the local site near Lehigh with scores being submitted online to the Kansas State High School Clay Target League, Oborny said, adding that the only traveling the team will do is to compete in the state meet.

Trap team coaches will be Susan and J.C. Saunders.

Superintendent Max Heinrichs explained that students who participate are required to pass hunter safety or receive training that will be provided at the local practice range. He also assured the board that there would be no liability for USD 410.

Susie Kliewer, Parents as Teachers director, presented the annual report to the board. She said in October, the Marion County PAT was recognized as a Blue Ribbon Affiliate, making it one of the top performing home-visiting affiliates within the international PAT network.

“The staff worked really hard in working on all of the requirements,” Kliewer said. “We’ve exceeded (standards) in all areas.”

Sixteen families comprise PAT service numbers for USD 410, which includes 20 children, she said, adding that an endowment provides funding to serve an additional five families in the district.

In his Hillsboro Middle/High School building report, principal Clint Corby presented several examples of project-based learning that have involved data analysis, scale drawings and reasoning with equations and inequalities. He said HMHS students recently have completed community service projects such as raking leaves and setting up Christmas lights at the William Schaeffler House.

Corby also reported receiving positive responses by students and teachers to a tour of the wind farm under construction in Marion/Dickinson counties.

Following a brief meeting in executive session, the board approved hiring Terry Bebermeyer as grant writer for Families and Community Together Inc. for 10 hours per week at $20 per hour.

Meeting reports were given by board president Mark Rooker for Technology Education in Education Network and board member Jared Jost for Marion County Special Education Cooperative.

Board member Jim Paulus was absent from the meeting.