USD 410 awarded multiple Kansans Can Star awards

The USD 410 board met on Monday, Oct. 10 for their regular monthly meeting where they learned that the district had been notified by Kansas Commissioner of Education Dr. Randy Watson that they had received multiple Kansans Can Star awards for 2022. USD 410 received a Bronze designation for Kindergarten readiness, a copper for Academically Prepared for Graduation, a Silver for Graduation, a Bronze for Postsecondary Effectiveness and a Commissioner’s Award.

The principals gave reports on their areas. For the Middle/High School, Tyler Weinbrenner reported on a successful new AV class that has started live streaming various sporting events and other activities. They are also doing teacher, athlete and other student profiles. Another new class is a food class for middle schoolers.

“I am impressed with the high level of teaching that occurs with our teaching staff in our classrooms,” said Weinbrenner.

Elementary School Principal Nathan Heibert updated the board on the walking school bus which wrapped up for the season last week. He reported that there has been a lot of community involvement including having the Hillsboro Fire Department walking with them one day.

Heibert said that they have been focusing on a character trait each month. For example, September was respect and October is kindness. The school emphasizes the trait in several ways including monthly assemblies.

The school has also been focusing on community partnerships including having Tabor sports teams come and read with different classes.

The board spent some time going over the physical plant needs of the district. As requested by the board, Superintendent Clint Corby brought a detailed list of some of the most pressing needs, including roofing, heating and cooling and needs for the kitchen and auditorium. The board will continue to discuss options of how to address these needs.

The board approved the following staff changes:

n Tammy Smith resignation as assistant MS volleyball coach effective Sept. 27.

n Position Rate -Athletic Trainer $50.00 Per Event; Security Worker $50.00 Per Event

n Classified Employee Hour Changes – Jonathan Douglas – Hillsboro Middle/High Custodian

decrease from 8.00 Hours to 4.00 Hours; Brenda Sechrist – Hillsboro Elementary School Title I Aide-decrease from 7.00 Hours to 6.75 Hours; Connie Beavers – Hillsboro Elementary School Title I Aide – increase from 6.50 Hours to 6.75 Hours

In other news, the board:

  •  learned that every student has been assessed with Fast Bridge – the new assessment that replaced map testing.
  •  heard updates on middle school clubs
  • heard that there are 54 high school students out for fall sports and 73 for middle school. Many others are involved in FFA, arts, etc.
  • were informed that the audit report was covered by the Lloyd Group, which does this annually for USD 410. The report had no concerns, and the auditors continue to highlight the great job Jerry Hinerman and others do with the financial reporting that is required by the state.
  • learned that the agreement with TEEN (Technology Excellence in Education Network) was renewed for another five years.
  • were informed that girls swimming was approved as a coop with Marion. Boys’ swimming was discussed. As of the meeting, Marion had not approved boys swimming.
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