Hillsboro school board acts on multiple personnel issues


Five USD 410 employees who are retiring were honored with plaques for their years of service at Monday?s board meeting. (From left) Kay Carlson, Anita Boese, Joyce Loewen, Dora Unruh and Judy Hiebert.


Four USD 410 teachers received certificates from the Kansas Department of Education acknowledging their 25 years of teaching. The awards were presented Monday evening by their building administrators. Pictured from left are Max Heinrichs, HHS principal; Anita Boese; Greg Brown, HMS principal; Rita Loewen; Evan Yoder, HES principal; and Debbie Dick. Stuart Holmes was not present at the meeting.

The Unified School District 410 Board of Education voted on numerous personal issues at its regular meeting Monday.

After meeting in executive session for about 35 minutes, the board acted on the following:

n accepted resignations from Donna Dalke, who retired as Hillsboro High School secretary secretary as of May 31; Linda Ewert as HHS and Hillsboro Middle School kitchen assistant; Vickie Huxman as Hillsboro Elementary School lunchroom computer operator and library aide; Rob McMinn as bus driver; and Dora Unruh as HHS/HMS kitchen assistant.

n approved new employment contracts for the 2009-10 school year for Tracy Breeze as HES kitchen assistant, Renee Lambert as HES teacher and pre-school director, Betty Medley as custodian, Lois Schope as Catchup Corral HES aide, Donna Dalke as part-time HHS secretary, Carolyn Brazil as part-time HHS secretary and Vickie Huxman as HHS/HMS custodial position.

n approved issuing hourly classified staff contracts with no changes in hourly rates, changes in hours and days as recommended, and a defined benefit per month.

n approved issuing a contract to Linda Ogden as Marion County Communities in Schools executive director with salary and defined benefit as recommended by CIS board.

n approved issuing salaried classified contracts to Keith Goossen, Jason Henry and Jerry Hinerman with no change in contracted days, no increase in salaries and a defined benefit per month.

n approved issuing a contract to Robert Rempel for teaching keyboarding and working as activities director, and defined benefit per month.

n approved employment contracts of Evan Yoder, Greg Brown and Max Heinrichs as building principals with no change in contracted days, no increase in salaries and a defined benefit per month.

n approved supplemental contracts for 2009-10, although six positions are yet to be filled.

n approved a health insurance policy for retired employees.

n approved nonrenewal of 20 addition duty days for Diana Holub followed by approval of 10 additional duty days for 2009-10 school year.

n approved a master contract for 2009-10 as agreed upon by the interest-based bargaining team.

n approved Parents as Teachers contracts with no changes in hour rates, changes in hours as recommended and defined benefits, plus fund one defined benefit for one PAT employee.

Lori Soo Hoo, PAT director, said she planned to keep her team of four in place. HES principal Evan Yoder offered to designate funds from his 2009-10 budget toward PAT in order to benefit more families in USD 410.

Details related to that option will be discussed prior to next month?s meeting, Huxman said.

Board president Rod Koons thanked district employees and staff for their professionalism and attitudes regarding the district not giving pay increases this year.

Danny Flynn of Midway Motors said progress is on hold regarding finalizing plans to move out of the D Street hold until General Motors is out of bankruptcy.

USD 410 plans to purchase the building and move its central office there.

?The building is yours,? Flynn said. ?We have the lease option and would like to exercise it in as a short a time as possible.?

Once GM give its approval, Flynn said he anticipated about six months to build the new facility.

?If GM would give me the approval, I could turn dirt tomorrow,? he said about constructing their proposed building in Hillsboro Business Park.

Superintendent Doug Huxman, who will finish his term as interim superintendent at the end of the month, told Flynn the board will need to to discuss terms of the lease since the time table has changed, and Flynn agreed.

?Our plan was to be out of there by June 30,? Flynn said, adding he understands the need to discuss terms for the lease.

Huxman reported on progress with the USD 410/Tabor athletic facility project.

?Things are changing daily,? he said.

Work has started on the foundation for the concessions building and workers are getting ready to lay turf on the field and putting in a perimeter sidewalk so they can start working on the track.

Discussions have continued regarding the access road to the facility.

Huxman recommended the option for a concrete street-wide access to south end of the parking lot with curbing and gutter all the way to the parking lot.

Tabor would like the district to be a part in the access road, said Jerry Hinerman, business manager, but to retain sole ownership of the road.

Hinerman said the district could possibly fund out of capital-outlay and have an easement lease for half the cost of the project, about $80,000 for both schools, and then have a long-term lease, although maintenance and length of the lease have not been discussed.

After some discussion, Huxman received consensus for the district to pay its share, so discussions will continue down along that direction.

The board has identified more than $500,000 in cuts for the 2009-10 budget. Huxman said he anticipated that amount will be needed because there probably will be more cuts in state funding.

In other business, the board

n approved purchase of a Hustler mower and snow blower for $34,208.

n approved computer request for two retiring teachers. The computers, which have been used by the teachers, are not warranteed, Hinerman said, and the fair-market value is $150 to $200.

n approved resolution to publish the vacancy for USD 410 Board of Education as of July 1 that was not filled at the general election. Fifteen days after publication the position can be filled, Huxman said.

n approved the amended 2008-09 budget.

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