Board hears of district court decision

At a special meeting of the USD 410 Board of Education on Tuesday night, Aug. 19, Super?intendent Doug Huxman announced the district judge has ruled in favor of the district in a summary judgment regarding the lawsuit brought against USD 410.

The suit, filed by Raymond Brandt, a patron of the district, contested an agreement between the district and Tabor College to be co-owners of a new football and track facility to be built on the college campus. The district and the college would each commit half of the $4.03 million cost of the facility.

Voters approved the partnership in June 2007 as part of a larger package of facility improvements for USD 410. Brandt?s lawsuit contested only the football and track facility.

?We always felt like we acted in an appropriate way,? said Huxman, who received the news from the district?s attorney late afternoon Tuesday. ?Working with Tabor we wanted to do something positive for the community.?

Huxman said the district is pleased with the court?s ruling.

?We will need to meet with our attorney to see what happens from here,? he said.

The special meeting had been called to give the board an opportunity to hear and approve the budget for the upcoming school year.

Following a review by clerk Jerry Hinerman, the board unanimously approved the published 2009 budget of $5.4 million with a mill levy of 57.537.

Hillsboro City Adminsitrator Larry Paine presented the city council?s 20-year development plan for Hillsboro Business Park, located on property north of the AMPI building along U.S. Highway 56.

?We want to develop this piece of property as part of the economic development project,? Paine said.

The city plans to use ?task increment financing?a process in which the property tax for the new development gets allocated for a special fund,? he said.

Paine said adopting such funding requires that the city come to the school board and other entities that are tax-dollar recipients and request resolutions that support the proposed plan.

All must agree in order for the city to go forward, he said.

While the land doesn?t have much value now, property values will increase with development of businesses, Paine said, adding that Midway Motors is one business that plans to construct a building in the park.

Jason Henry, USD 410 technology director, reported progress on updating the district?s network.

Huxman told the board Henry has been tagged ?the Energizer Bunny? because of the level of focus and vigor he?s demonstrated already since assuming the position Aug. 13.

Henry, who moved to Hills?boro from Leadville, Colo., said, ?My first week was a pretty rough week. There was no rhyme or reason to what I was finding.?

Among needed improvements are installing new switches, rewiring electrical circuitry and purchasing three new servers, one for mail and two for domain controllers, he said.

?We?re slowly progressing toward faster switches (that will improve the network?s speed),? Henry said.

The transition from Novell operating system to Windows is going pretty smoothly, he added.

Huxman affirmed Henry for the work he?s done.

?We?ve got a ways to go but we?re moving in the right direction,? Huxman said.

Huxman reported progress is being made on completing the facilities improvement projects, including laying asphalt in the parking lots at the elementary and high schools.

After meeting in executive session to discuss matters of personnel, the board approved the resignation of Marci Heide?brecht as technology assistant for the district.

Finally, the board met in executive session to discuss acquisition of real property. No action was taken when the public session resumed.

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