USD 410 Board of Education approved the addition of discipline policies to the Hillsboro Elementary School Handbook at its regular meeting June 12.
Prior to the vote, Evan Yoder, HES principal, explained his rationale for the changes.
“(In the past), I didn’t have a whole lot about discipline in the handbook,” he said. “Clarifica-tion (of expectations) was needed.”
He said in developing policies for HES, he had consulted what other schools have outlined.
The policies include standards for student behavior as well as guidelines for intervention and consequences when those standards are not followed.
The standards state that students are to follow directions, speak appropriately and show respect to teachers and their peers.
The handbook provides specific behavior and settings in which following these standards is evident, such attendance, dress, computer use, academic integrity and behavior toward others.
“It’s consistent with what other schools are doing,” Superintendent Max Heinrichs said about the responses and consequences in the handbook.
The handbook also notes that “careful consideration is given to individual situation so that the school’s response to the student is appropriate.”
This wording, Yoder said, allows for dealing with situations on an individual basis as needed.
The board also approved the handbook for Hillsboro Middle High School. The only changes had to do with staffing updates, Heinrichs said.
Heinrichs also introduced a program to redesign school systems based on the “Kansas Can” vision for high school graduates by the Kansas Department of Education.
He said the state education commissioner is looking for seven schools to be part of the pilot program that would help determine what makes for successful graduates.
“Hired experts would come up with the best methods (for your school) and would work with you,” he said about the program.
USD 410 involvement would require board approval and an 80 percent teacher vote, Heinrichs said. A decision to participate needs to be made by Aug. 1.
Board Clerk Jerry Hinerman reported training has begun for using the Skyward software, which is a new business management system the district has purchased.
In other business, the board:
• approved a policy for unpaid meals, which goes into effect July 1.
The policy follows the district’s current practice for holding people accountable for paying their bills rather than turning those who owe to debt collection, Heinrichs said.
• approved a food management policy that involves sanitation inspection, record keeping and oversight of meal prices by the board.
• were introduced by Heinrichs to several new and updated policy revisions recommended by the Kansas Association of School Board. He asked the board to review them before voting on them at the July regular meeting.
The two revised policies address local wellness and vending and other automated machines. The new policy has to do with federal fiscal compliance.
• approved classified hire of Luke Moore, who is working with Dustin Dalke on summer painting projects, to be employed for 40 hours per week at $8.50 an hour for 10 weeks or fewer.
• approved supplemental contracts for the upcoming school year.
• heard a school funding update by Heinrichs.
“The governor has not yet signed the bill,” he said.
• heard a TEEN update from board president Mark Rooker and an MCSEC report for board member Jim Paulus.
• met in executive sessions for students and personnel. No action followed.
Board members Kim Klein and Tim Kaufman were absent from the meeting.