Principal Max Heinrichs reported 94 percent of Hillsboro High School students are enrolled in at least one class that is part of the 20 Career and Technical Education Pathway programs offered by Unified School District 410.
“For every hour our students are enrolled in one of our CTE classes, approximately $250 is generated toward our CTE funding,” Heinrichs told USD 410 Board of Education at its March 11 meeting.
“We’re looking to improve what we have,” he said.
With recent word of USD 410 receiving a $57,800 grant, Heinrich said four instructors—Lance Sawyer, Creigh Bell, Sonya Roberts and Ruth Baldner—will receive training to teach Project Lead the Way curriculum at HHS.
PLTW, a nationally recognized program, provides a set of courses with content in science, technology, engineering and mathematics for middle and high school students.
“Our plan at Hillsboro High School is to be fully implemented and certified with Project Lead The Way during the 2015-16 school year,” Heinrich said.
With the increasing emphasis on career and college readiness, Heinrichs said plans also are to use ACT WorkKeys to assess students’ workplace skills necessary for most jobs.
WorkKeys, endorsed by the Kansas Department of Commerce, rates students for both hard and soft workplace skills, he said, adding that this year’s seniors will take the assessment and certificates will be given at graduation.
The certificate helps an employer to identify quality applicants, Heinrichs said.
Prior to Heinrich’s report, mathematics teacher Lance Sawyer and students in his Technology Innovation class had presented some of their engineering projects at the meeting. Their presentation exemplified the growing emphasis of student-directed learning at HHS.
Principal Greg Brown reviewed the positive report of the case study of Hillsboro Middle School’s use of the Kansas Multi-Tier System of Supports by the WestEd Team.
MTSS provides data that enables educators to make decisions and provide support for students to be successful.
“The primary emphasis was on reading,” Brown said about the study’s findings.
Brown also reported that more than 97 percent of parents participated in student-led teacher-parent conferences March 4.
Hillsboro Elementary School principal Evan Yoder said he anticipated a good turnout for the upcoming Family Reading Night and HES Book Fair.
He also announced that training for the Walking School Bus is scheduled for March 26.
“It’s hard to get people to volunteer,” he said.
Scot Loyd of Swindoll, Janzen, Hawk and Loyd presented the proposed contract for auditing services, which the board approved as presented.
In other business, the board:
• approved renewal of a five-year interlocal agreement for Technology Excellence in Education Network, following a presentation by TEEN director Brandi Hendrix.
Hendrix reported that 160 students participate in TEEN classes. USD 410 is one of five districts served through TEEN.
• approved renewal of the interlocal agreement for Marion County Special Education Cooperative.
• reviewed the USD 410 vehicle replacement plan. Superintendent Steve Noble said some additional information was needed before he would ask the board to approve it.
• approved extending the lease to Grace Community Church for one year beginning April 8. Grace holds its Sunday services at Hillsboro Elementary School.
Noble said the monthly payment will increase from $1,500 to $1,700 because the church has asked for use of additional space.
Noble said he was told the church plans to build a new building within in two years.
• heard from board member Mark Rooker that the search for a TEEN director was reopened. The contract would be effective June 1.
• met an hour in executive session for matters of personnel. No action was taken in public session.