KASB consultant to assist search for next superintendent

Unified School District 410 Board of Education met Monday evening with a consultant from the Kansas Association of School Boards to officially begin its search for a permanent superintendent.

?You?re involved at a really good time?it?s early,? said Max Heim, KASB representative.

Heim highlighted the search process and timetable with the board. He explained he anticipated keeping the search open for five to six weeks, and hoped to recommend candidates by the third week of January.

With good luck, Heim said, the board should be able to conduct interviews at the end of January. Because there?s a ?serious shortage? of applicants state?wide, he said, being able to offer a competitive salary will be important.

?You have a great district and great location, but you need to think about your salary,? Heim said.

Doug Huxman has served as the district?s interim superintendent since August 2007, following Gordon Mohn?s retirement.

The board discussed formal bids for two 2009 mini-vans. One bid was from Wright?s Chrysler Dodge and from the Procurement List on the State of Kansas Web site.

Currently, Wright is the only dealer in Hillsboro representing a company that manufactures mini-vans.

Huxman said Wright had offered to sell the district two new 2008 vans on his lot.

After discussion, the board asked Huxman to request bids for 2008 vans from local dealers, including Dodge and General Motors, because of potential cost savings.

No action was taken.

Keith Goossen, director of maintenance and transportation, told the board lockers were installed Monday at Hillsboro High School.

?I think we?re getting really close to completion,? Goossen said, adding that signage would be installed this week.

Huxman said the Tabor/USD 410 athletic facility project will finalize bids Monday for Phase A?demolition of existing track and field and seating areas and installing the field and Olympic-sized track that will allow for a full-size soccer field.

Bids for Phase B?the seating, press box, concessions, rest rooms and west parking lot?will be accepted in January.

Evan Yoder, principal of Hillsboro Elementary School, reported upcoming activities including the third- and fourth-grade program Dec. 11, a preschool program Dec. 15, and plans to take the elementary students to see a movie in Newton Dec. 23.

Greg Brown, Hillsboro Middle School principal and curriculum director, reported completion MAP testing for fall.

He also said because the MCAA high school league has changed start times for basketball games to 4:30 p.m. from 5 p.m., practice for middle school teams on home game days may involve morning practices.

Brown reviewed the guidelines for those practices, which he said would be voluntary for students.

HHS principal Max Heinrichs introduced the possibility of planning a countywide event for student leaders. He also said he planned to attend a meeting with other schools Wednesday about the league composition.

TEEN director Brandi Henderson gave a brief report about coordinating efforts and challenges among the county schools. She announced a countywide in-service day planned for Jan. 19.

In other business, the board:

n approved supplemental contracts for the 2008-09 school year for Donya Anderson, HHS assistant girls? basketball coach; C.J. Hill, HHS assistant boys? basketball coach; and Teal Stutzman, HMS assistant wrestling coach.

n approved calendar changes: Friday Jan. 2 , no school; Monday, Jan. 5, teacher in-service day; Tuesday, Jan. 6, school resumes.

n approved accepting sealed bids for selling two freezers and a car.

n heard preschool would not meet Wednesday because of the funeral for Helen McMinn, who had worked as bus monitor.

n directed Yoder to meet with his site council to discuss options for naming the HES meeting area?formerly the lunch room?as a way to promote its use by the public.

n met report from Clerk Jerry Hinerman about the closing on the bond Dec. 23. The board met Nov. 25 and approved the sale of $2.085 million principal amount of general obligation refunding and improvement bonds.

n met in executive session twice for matters of personnel.

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