Hillsboro School Board discusses COVID-19 and the master contract

The Hillsboro School Board met on July 13 and discussed issues on the upcoming 2020-21 school year, including details on COVID-19 and student fees.

A Hillsboro Middle/High School petty cash fund and a District Office petty cash fund were established. The board decided the creation of a petty cash fund is an efficient method to pay expenses for school district purposes in emergencies. The fund is in the amount of $1,500 for both the school and office. An itemized receipt will be maintained for each expenditure.

On another financial discussion, the board made decisions about the prices of school meals for different grades, students, faculty and guests. Breakfast (Preschool-Grade 12) $1.95. Breakfast (Adult) $2.45. Lunch (Preschool-Grade 5) $2.65. Lunch (Grades 6 – 12) $2.95. Lunch (Child Visitor) $2.65. Lunch (Adult – Staff) $3.85. Lunch (Adult – Non-Staff) $4.20.

Student fees were approved for preschool tuition as $150.00 per month for half-day students and $375.00 a month for full-day students. HMHS activity fee will cost $20.00, Drivers Education class will cost $225.00.

The topic of COVID-19 was an important conversation. The board states that their top priority for the upcoming school year is securing the health, safety, and economic well-being of their residents of USD 410. COVID-19 has caused illness, quarantines and school closer, therefore the district is in an economic and public health crisis.

“In these challenging times, USD 410 will do whatever it can to avoid immediate dangers to the health, safety, and welfare of their constituents and prepare for future waves of COVID-19,” said Superintendent Max Heinrichs.

A Coronavirus Relief Fund was approved. Strengthening People and Revitalizing Kansas (SPARK) will distribute money to Marion County, Kansas to help address the health and economic challenges inflicted by COVID-19 based on Marion County, Kansas’ population and impact from COVID-19. Some things funds can go towards include COVID-19 related expenses of public hospitals or clinics, testing and quarantine costs, payroll of employees substantially dedicated to COVID-19 mitigation or response, expenses for establishing and operating public telemedicine capabilities, technological improvements to facilitate distance learning, government payroll support program and unemployment insurance costs related to COVID-19.

On another topic, the 2020 – 2021 Master Contract was approved. This includes a wage increase of $0.50 per hour for all classified employees hired prior to January 1, 2020, and not subject to a KPERS working after retirement rate adjustment. There is also a health insurance contribution equivalent to a $1,300 deductible single coverage health insurance premium through the ESSDACK Health Insurance Group.

In other business, the board:

* Approved the sale of used laptops to TEEN for $25 each and to approve the disposal of technology deemed unusable by the USD 410 Technology Director.

* Approved a donation of $853.41 from the Hillsboro High School Class of 2020 to be used toward the Hillsboro Middle/High School Courtyard Project.

* Approve the purchase of a 2021 conventional model 65-passenger bus with air conditioning for $107,325 from Kansas Truck and Equipment Company, Inc.

* Approved the USD 410 and Tabor College Athletic Facility Staff Funding Agreement for the 2020 – 2021 school year.

* Added two caseworkers and one clinical therapist to work with USD 410 students for the 2020 – 2021 school year.

* Approved the issuance of a contract to Terry Bebermeyer to serve as Families and Communities Together (FACT) Director effective July 1, 2020 and also as the Middle/High School Online Spanish I and II teacher.

* Approve the issuance of a supplemental contract to Doug Dick to serve as Hillsboro Middle School Assistant Football Coach