Hillsboro School Board approves three week delayed school start

The USD 410 school board met for a special meeting on Monday night in order to decide when school would start. Governor Kelly had previously stated that all Kansas schools would start on Sept 9 to give educators more time to make schools safe in light of the pandemic. However, the Board of Education ruled against her decision and left it up to each district. All of the Marion County superintendents met last week to discuss options and decided that it would be optimal to stick with the Sept 9 date. Marion voted this morning and agreed to the date. Tonight Max Heinrichs asked the Hillsboro board to do the same. “As I see the need arise to make our building more safe, I would like to ask the board to use the Governor’s date of September 9 as our start date. This has nothing to do with activities. This has to do with when we pull kids into our buildings,” said Heinrichs. He explained that athletics will be decided once all of the districts make their opening decisions today and tomorrow. The board voted unanimously to start school on Sept 9. They will be sending out lots of information through email, letters and in the paper over the next few weeks so stay tuned. The board also voted and approved John Ruder as Head Girls’ Tennis Coach for the 2020-21 school year.