Paulus appointed to fill seat on USD 410 school board

USD 410 Board of Edu?ca?tion appointed Jim Paulus to fill its open at-large position at the July 13 meeting.

Members posed questions alternately to Paulus and Dallas Bartel in an open forum.

The vote was 4-1 in favor of Paulus, father of four children who attend district schools. He is vice president of Student Life at Tabor College; he and his family will start their fifth year in Hillsboro, having moved here from California.

The board also elected officers for 2015-16, including Mark Rooker as president and Rod Koons as vice president.

New board member Jared Jost assumed his position at the table, while new board member Tim Kaufman was absent from the meeting.

Superintendent’ Steve Noble reported on facility improvements, including installation of north playground equipment and pour-in-place and work to begin on the west side playground at Hillsboro Elementary School.

He said the Safe Routes to School sidewalk project is well underway and offices are being readied for activities director and assistant principal.

Noble reported about a partnership agreement in process between TEEN Virtual Academy and ESSDACK.

He said ESSDACK has access to 1,200 students in learning centers across Kansas, with a lot of those being adults.

Noble said the partnership would facilitate statewide marketing of TEEN Virtual Academy as well as fill a niche for ESSDACK and meeting a need in rural Kansas that doesn?t have teachers.

?It?s a big initiative,? Noble said. ?It?s taken TEEN to a whole new level.?

He also reported that the district-owned rental house at 508 E. A St. has been listed with the Real Estate Center for $65,000.

Jerry Hinerman, district clerk, reported an estimated ending balance of $655,234,61, up about $16,000 from last year.

Noble commended all the hard work done by district employees to reduce expenses and said the mild winter contributed to the savings.

Hinerman said the district would have to spend all of the supplemental general fund, which will be at zero for next year. The district will have to levy 21?2 mills to recapture it.

Other business

In other business, the board:

? approved a 5-cent increase for lunches for PreK-grade 12, staff and adult/non-staff, and extra milk for PreK-grade 12.

Prices for breakfast and reduced-price lunches will remain at 2014-15 level.

? approved student fees for consumable materials, laptops, band instrumental rental fee and driver?s education.

? approved pay rates for temporary employees, which will remain the same as the past year.

Prior to the vote, Koons suggested having fewer varying wage rates for temporary positions. Noble said he?s planning to look at a pay schedule for classified employees as well as temporary employees.

? approved maintaining substitute teacher pay rates at $90 for a full day and $45 for a half day.

?We?re slightly higher than our (neighboring schools),? Noble said.

? approved Classified Employee Benefit manual for 2015-16.

? approved Temporary Employee Health Insurance Benefit Policy and Procedures manual.

Hinerman said temporary substitute employees can be eligible for health care if they meet criteria, adding he expected one or two will be eligible.

? approved clerical support agreement between TEEN and USD 410 for office rental and treasurer services.

? approved office support for TEEN, which includes primarily copying, telephone, postage and office supplies.

? appointed the following board representation positions for 2015-16: Joe Sechrist, Marion County Special Education Cooperative; Kim Klein, alternate for MCSEC; Mark Rooker, TEEN; Tim Kaufman, alternate for TEEN; Rod Koons, chief negotiator; Rooker, assistant negotiator; Jim Paulus, Professional Development Council; Rooker, Kansas Association of School Boards Governmental Relations; and Jared Jost, USD 410 Technology Committee.

? approved participation agreement and hedging authorization with Greenbush?a consortium that buys gas?and gas sale agreement with CenterPoint Energy for purchasing natural gas for 2015-16, effective Sept. 1.

? approved purchase of Hussey bleacher equipment for the Hillsboro Middle School gym at $33,957.70, and a contract with Elcon Services Inc. at $6,720.47.

The new bleachers will be installed after HMS volleyball season is done.

? approved HMS Handbook with a corrected grading scale of 90, 80, 70 and 60.

? accepted the resignation of Karen Sites as Head Start family advocate and retirement of Diana Holub as Hillsboro Middle School/High School counselor and sophomore class adviser.

? approved contracts with a health insurance benefit equivalent to a $1,000 deductible single plan for Ashlee Gann, director of Families and Communities Together, at $34,150; Rita Loewen, music/art at Hillsboro Elementary School, at $27,320 for teaching and $508 supplemental contracts; Jill Hein, HMHS student services coordinator at $35,800.

Hein, who replaces Holub, needs the degree to be hired as counselor.

? approved a three-year contract and $1,000 family deductible plan for Lena Kleiner, TEEN director, at $54,173 annually.

? approved supplemental contracts for Jill Hein as Going Adventurous Plan sponsor at full FTE, and Sharon Loewen as sophomore class sponsor at additional 0.5 FTE.

? heard report from Sechrist that MCSEC was recommending an increase assessment of 5 percent to districts, which would mean $16,760 for USD 410.

He said the increase in insurance costs is a big reason for the increase.

?This will set the maintenance level higher,? Noble said, adding that the superintendents were asking about ways MCSEC could trim costs.

? met in executive session for matters of personnel.

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