410 board adopts new vision statement

USD 410 Board of Educa?t?ion adopted ?Developing super amazing humans for our world? as its new vision statement through 2020 at the regular meeting Feb. 8.

?It?s something that?s easy to remember and repeat,? Superintendent Steve Noble said.

While a vision statement emphasizes ?why we do what we do,? mission statements address how to achieve that goal, Noble said.

Consequently, the board also approved revising the current vision statement to articulate the district?s mission: ?Unified School Dis?trict 410 will ensure all students develop and demonstrate scholastic, technical, social and employability skills essential for achieving persona, academic and career services.?

As part of a year-long process, Noble said, surveys and focus groups held with district stakeholders helped identify statements that can both inspire and provide direction for the future.

Early childhood reports highlighted the work by Marion County Parents as Teachers. Lori Soo Hoo, PAT coordinator and educator, reported on birth to age 3. Ashley Sheridan, lead teacher, reported for the Collaborative Preschool Program with Hillsboro and McPherson districts for ages 3 and 4.

?We?ve made a pretty strong support for preschool students in our district,? Noble said. ?It?s paying off.?

PAT program highlights included serving 104 families with personal visits, developmental screenings, group connections and resource networking, Soo Hoo said.

The local PAT affiliate, she said, is working toward earning a quality endorsement that would recognize it as ?delivering high-quality services to children and families.?

USD 410 is one of five districts that provide funding for PAT?s services to children and families. Based on current projections for the number served, that amount would be about $9,036 for 2016-17, Soo Hoo said.

Sheridan reported the collaborative program involves promoting parent participation and preparing children for kindergarten.

At Hillsboro, 16 children are served with the goal of 23 in 2016-17, she added.

Evan Yoder, principal at Hillsboro Elementary School, said, ?Changes in (federal government) funding for Head Start in two to three years may have to go to all-day, all-week for 4-year-olds and will mean having to get additional staff and room for 3-year-olds.?

The board approved policies for personnel by Kan?sas Association of School Boards with two revisions suggested by Noble?deleting the nepotism section because of the district?s small size, and designated limits on use of credit cards because those have already been established.

Other business

In other business, the board:

? approved a bid $29,2010 maximum by CBS Manhat?tan for installing control access to the elementary and middle/high school buildings.

? approved the retirement of Mike Moran as counselor and a work agreement for Alissa Unruh as school nurse that will be split with Marion County Special Education Cooper?a?tive.

? approved administrator contracts for 2017 fiscal year, including two-year contracts for HES and HMHS principals and TEEN director, one-year contracts for HMHS principal/activities director, technology director and business manager.

? heard Noble?s review of possible staff changes that would total $20,715. Those changes include increasing school nurse hours, adding a full-time elementary school counselor and a middle school language art teacher, and adjusting transportation and custodial areas.

The board will consider those changes next month.

? approved the district?s vehicle replacement plan.

? received notice that visits for superintendent candidates will be Feb. 23-25 and 29.

Once all interviews have been completed, the board will meet with principals and the business manager as part of the decision-making process.