Hillsboro Retirees honored for contributions to district

Retiring staff from Hillsboro schools were recognized July 10 at the school board meeting. Honored were, from left, Judy Penner – 24 years of service; Kathy Carr - 29 years, Mary Loewen – 24 years and Eldon Funk – 20 years. Vickie Huxman was unable to attend and will receive her 12-year plaque at a later date.Five retiring school employees were honored at the July 10 Hillsboro school board meeting. Between them, they contributed 109 years of expertise and service to Hillsboro schools.

Plaques were awarded by superintendent Max Heinrichs to food service employees Kathy Carr for 29 years, Judy Penner and Mary Loewen for 24 years each; Eldon Funk for 20 years in transportation service; and Vickie Huxman for 12 years in custodial services. Heinrichs thanked them for their service and he and board members wished the retirees well on their new adventures.

Lunch prices will slightly increase for the 2019-2020 school year. Breakfast will be $1.85, an increase of 10 cents from this year. Lunch for pre-kindergarten through fifth grade will increase from $2.45 to $2.55 while lunch for sixth through twelfth grades will go from $2.80 to $2.85. A number of new items will be phased in throughout the year on the a-la-carte menu. They include chips, bottled beverages, bars and cookies, Pop Tarts, string cheese and yogurt.

Adult breakfast will be $2.30 and adult staff lunch will be $3.75. Non-staff adults can enjoy lunch for $4.10. A child visitor’s lunch will cost $2.55.

Heinrichs said student fees will not change from this year with the exception of driver’s education cost of $225.

Temporary employees will receive a raise in pay and substitute teachers will earn $95 for full day and $47.50 for half day substitute teaching. Administrator salaries were approved with a 4.53 percent increase.

Mark Rooker was elected board president and Rod Koons will be vice president. All annual board positions were approved from last year with the exception of changing the technology committee representative to Jim Paulus.

Heinrichs reported that new bells, clocks and an intercom system have been installed. He’s hoping to have noise-cancelling tiles in the Gordon Mohn center before school starts. Before next summer, plans are to remodel the elementary front entrance bathrooms and the concession stand at the middle/high school. Funds for these activities were allocated this year.

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