USD 410 hears from Project SEARCH graduates

Two 2019 Project SEARCH graduates presented their visual resumes to the USD 410 Board of Education at their May 13 regular meeting.

Abi Funk and Aron Gunn, who graduated from the program on May 10, highlighted their job training experiences along with the soft and hard skills they’ve achieved this past year as interns at Tabor College. Rob Haude, Project SEARCH teacher, also helped to field questions from board members about the program.

Tabor College serves as a host site that works in partnership with Marion County Special Education Cooperative for Project SEARCH, whose goal is to help those with disabilities gain practical skills for employment.

“Project SEARCH has been good for Tabor,” said board member Jim Paulus.

The board approved the 2019-20 preschool tuition fees, with the first monthly payment due Aug. 1. Tuition for half days for 3- and 4-year-olds (3.5 hours per day) is $150 per month with the total cost of $1,350. Tuition for all-day 4-year-olds classes (7.75 hours per day) is $375 per month with the total cost being $3,375.

In addition, the board approved a memorandum of understanding with USD 418 and MCSEC to support two preschool classrooms at Hillsboro Elementary School, one serving 4-year-olds for all day five days a week and the second serving 3- and 4-year-old students for half days four days a week.

The board also approved the 2019-29 preschool calendars for both classes.

Superintendent Max Heinrichs reminded board members of the June 1 filing deadline for board elections.

In other business, the board;

◼ approved the resolution to extend the term of office for any BOE members whose term would expire at any time in 2019 until the second Monday in January 2020. At that time newly elected members will take office.

◼ approved the 2019-20 Gemini Redesign launch for HES and HMHS. Kansas State Department of Education has approved the schools’ emphasis on relationships and project-based learning as a means to help achieve student success.

◼ met in executive session for personnel and then in open session approved the resignations of Devin Metzinger as 2019 summer weight room supervisor; Tania Sorensen as HES custodian, effective May 20; Eldon Funk as bus driver for Oasis, effective at the school year’s end; and Ashlee Gann as FACT director, effective April 21.

The board approved hiring of the following certified personnel: Rachel Hein, HHS Math and Project Lead the Way Engineering; Nathan Hiebert, 2019-20 CTE director with annual pay of $3,600; and Demetrius Cox as 2019 summer weight room supervisor.

The board also approved the classified hire of Terry Bebermeyer as FACT director for 20 hours per week at $20 per hour.

◼ agreed to schedule a special meeting for 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 22, to finalize a contract with a food service management company, being either Opa or Thrive.