Board members feted at January meeting

Superintendent Max Heinrichs acknowledged the public service of USD 410 Board of Education members at the regular meeting Jan. 9.

“It’s Board Appreciation Month, and I want to express my appreciation for all you do,” Heinrichs told the board.

He distributed framed certificates to board president Mark Rooker and members Joe Sechrist and Jim Paulus, whose terms will be open when elections are held in November, having shifted from April.

He also invited board members and their spouses, as guests of the district, to attend the Winter Com­munity Gala planned for Feb. 27.

Heinrichs reviewed the report from the operations committee for the Joel E. Wiens Stadium, which stated decisions need to be made regarding the replacement schedule for equipment such as the pole vault mat, which is showing wear and tear.

“Costs have gone up,” he said about budget implications that need to be considered. USD 410 and Tabor College co-own the stadium.

Consequently, Heinrichs said he has asked Jerry Hinerman and Robert Rem­pel to do some research regarding current schedules for upkeep and replacement. They serve on the committee along with Rusty Allen and Norm Hope, who represent Tabor.

Heinrichs said the committee is discussing whether USD 410 and Tabor need to set aside more funds for upkeep and replacement.

“We haven’t moved on anything yet,” he added.

The board approved 14 policies proposed by the Kansas Association of School Boards.

“A lot of these have to do with homeless and the foster-kids students,” Heinrichs said.

Two of the proposed policies weren’t ready to be acted upon yet, he said, adding, “We’ll bring them back later.”

The board also approved the shared-use agreement with the city of Hillsboro for the Hillsboro Sports Complex, which includes tennis courts and a softball field, and Memorial Field for baseball.

Language in the seven-year contract was added that included the city administrator and superintendent meeting annually “to review the previous year’s activity and determine if performance adjustments by either party need to be made to this agreement or compensation adjustments are required.”

Hinerman, district clerk, reported the county’s school districts and USD 410 have decided to go forward with purchasing the Skyward School Business Suite, a software management system. The districts will share training costs.

After meeting in executive session for 70 minutes, the board returned to open session and approved extending Heinrichs’ contract through June 2019.

The board also met in executive session for negotiations but no action was taken.

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