HMS students contribute to change in dress code policy

Students from Hillsboro Middle School learned something about the process for changing policy at the regular meeting for Unified School District 410 Board of Education Monday evening.

Seven students representing HMS Student Council formally requested that the board remove the calendar restrictions that require students to not wear shorts to school from Oct. 1 to April 1.

The board voted 7-0 to approve the change in policy effective immediately.

Evan Yoder, Hillsboro Elementary School principal, provided context for the calendar policy.

The policy was implemented seven or eight years ago when Yoder was middle school principal as part of the school?s dress code policy because of inappropriate length and condition of shorts worn by students, he said.

Principal Greg Brown said the length of shorts has not been an issue at the middle school.

In their presentation, students included results of a survey administered to HMS students and teachers and e-mail communication from parents.

The dress code for students at Hillsboro High School includes the calendar policy, said principal Max Heinrichs.

The high school students will need to go through the proper channels to have the policy changed, he said.

Superintendent Doug Huxman and Keith Goossen, director of facilities, updated the board on HES and HHS building projects.

?With the exception of the locker room areas in the high school, we are nearing substantial completion with both projects,? Huxman said.

Huxman also updated the board on discussions of the Tabor College/USD 410 task force that has been meeting to determine cost-saving measures for the stadium project.

?We?re getting to a point now where the architects are getting more of a direction (for the changes),? Huxman.

The task force will meet Thursday to continue planning.

In his administrator report, Yoder welcomed Sharon Funk to his office staff, told about State Board of Education member Carol Rupe?s visit to HES and commended Fire Chief Ben Steketee for his support and instruction during Fire Prevention Week.

Students are also collecting change to contribute to the school library for Chapman, which was destroyed by the June tornado.

HMS principal Greg Brown reviewed the state assessment results for science and history administered last spring. USD 410 students scored in the 87 percentile and higher.

Max Heinrichs, HHS principal, reviewed the composite ACT scores, which above the state standard.

?We?ve got all our things in place to keep good things happening here,? Heinrichs said.

In other business, the board:

n approved policy updates recommended by the Kansas School Board Association.

Huxman said the updates primarily included wording and changes resulting from legislative action.

n authorized Parents as Teachers director Lori Soo Hoo as a district credit card user with a limit of $2,000.

n approved a contract for Lee Albrecht as a bus driver for USD 410 at $11 per hour.

n accepted resignation of Jillian Hein as HHS academic skills aide and approved her appointment as HHS academic skills coordinator at $17.07 per hour for 7.5 hours per day, retroactive to beginning of the 2008-09 school year.

n renewed contract to Linda Ogden as director of Community in Schools for the remaining nine months of the 2008-09 school year.

n eliminated the CIS prevention and data coordinator position held by Charles Rempel. The grant that funded this position was not renewed.

n approved supplemental contract to Donya Anderson as assistant track coach. Keli Chisholm previously resigned from that position.

n approved request to pay faculty $15 per hour for curriculum meetings unless they were earning points toward professional development collaborative.

n met in executive session for matters of personnel.

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