HHS principal to step down after the current school year

Hillsboro High School principal Dale Honeck announced he will retire at the end of the current school year.

Consequently, the Board of Education for Unified School District 410 approved his resignation at its regular meeting Monday evening Oct. 8.

?We owe you a couple of thanks for a couple of big things you?ve done for us this year,? board president Rod Koons told Honeck prior to the vote. ?You epitomize that you care about your kids and your school.?

Superintendent Doug Huxman updated the board on the timeline for facility improvements.

The district?s transportation services have already moved to a temporary location, Huxman said.

?It?s working,? he said about that move. ?Whenever we do these temporary things, it?s an adjustment for everybody.?

He added the weightroom and central district and Hillsboro Elementary School offices will also relocate before construction begins, scheduled for Dec. 1.

Huxman also reported giving approval to solicit bids for a walk-in freezer for the HES kitchen.

?What we?ve got is not in good shape,? he said.

USD 410 and Tabor College are working on the draft of an interlocal agreement that would establish parameters for the projected football facilities.

?This is a step in the right direction so we can move ahead on this,? Koons said.

Huxman also reported he and Hillsboro City Administrator Larry Paine met with Marion County Clear Carol Maggard about about possibly coordinated the required change in school board member districts with possible changes in Hillsboro?s wards.

Maggard is researching the laws that would govern those changes, Huxman said.

Board members agreed ?the sooner the better? about the pending changes.

The Kansas Association for School Boards, of which USD 410 is a member, provides a superintendent selection service.

Koons had consulted KASB when filling the interim superintendent position following Gordon Mohn?s resignation in April.

Max Heim, field service specialist for Western Kansas, attended the meeting and presented the support available to the board from KASB, including process for application, screening and interviewing.

He also reviewed a timeline that anticipated interviewing candidates as early as Jan. 14 if the search began by mid-November.

If the board chooses, it can contract with KASB for those services at a cost of $3,500.

?(KASB) would provide ongoing support throughout the process,? Heim said.

The board took the information under advisement.

Building administrators Honeck, Evan Yoder and Greg Brown reported assessment results for 2006-07.

?I?m glad to see we scored this high,? Yoder said about students earning standards of excellence in reading and math.

?I take real issue with this whole standard of excellence…We have to put so much emphasis on testing.?

Yoder added such an emphasis means teachers aren?t able to focus on other areas that contribute to holistic teaching.

In other business, the board:

n approved an adjustment for Nathan Hiebert?s supplemental contact as fall weight room supervisor, which had been incorrect when approved at September?s board of education meeting.

n approved by a vote of 4-3 the contract for Stuart Homes for the position of HHS head tennis coach.

n approved a proposal from Linda Ogden on behalf of Communities in Schools that the organization would pay $50 per month to supplement costs for supplies. CIS uses office space provided at no cost by the district.

n took no action after meeting twice in executive session, first to discuss matters related to a student and second to discuss matters related to personnel.

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