USD 410 board approves annual financial audit

The USD 410 Board of Education approved the annual financial audit presented at its regular meeting Dec. 12.

Darren Anderson of Swindoll, Janzen, Hawk and Loyd presented an overview of the report, including changes in expenditures and cash flow since last year’s audit.

Anderson said that an increase in the amount of supplemental funds, referred by the state as “new aid,” was not “new money” but rather funneled differently—through USD 410’s general fund.

Also, he said even though the district collected more funds from county taxes last year than anticipated, that money was not available to spend because the fiscal budget already was set.

“We had no disagreements with (district) management in doing our field work to complete the audit,” Anderson said, adding the firm’s recommendations from last year were being addressed.

The board approved the audit as presented.

Principals Evan Yoder and Clint Corby presented their building reports.

Yoder said the elementary students are eagerly anticipating Christmas.

“All I care is that nobody gets hurt,” he said about the children amid the excitement that comes with this season of the year.

Yoder said the school’s farm was shut down until spring because of recent cold weather.

Also, teachers are looking for ways way to manage the curriculum and needs for some of the children.

“We offer a lot of things (as part of the curriculum) but we’re having a hard time finding time for needed interventions,” he said.

Yoder reported the elementary students have been making visits to the residents at Salem Home and Parkside Homes in Hills­boro.

Students raised money in jars designated for several teachers to buy therapy fidget toys that can help promote focus and concentration. The children were told the teacher whose jar had the most money would get a pie in the face.

Yoder brought pictures of students as they watched Mike Jilka, who teaches physical education, being “rewarded” by a student.

Corby, principal for Hillsboro Middle/High School, said work is being done to develop the four components for individual plans for students, which will be required by the state next year.

Those elements, he said, are determining students’ strengths, identifying their career interests and preferences, preparing plans of study for students’ post-secondary intentions and building an electronic portfolio of student assignments.

Seniors also will complete a resume and practice interviews as preparation for life after high school, he said.

“I think we’re ahead of the curve, and we want to stay there,” Corby said, adding that teachers will meet Jan. 13 for in-service training about the individual plans project.

Superintendent Max Heinrichs summarized recent policy updates proposed by the Kansas Associ­ation of School Boards, including a policy for homeless and foster-care students. The board will review the policies and take action at next month’s meeting.

Heinrichs said bids for a used activity bus were sent to three companies, but only Buses for Sales responded with $54,900 for a 2004 53-passenger bus.

Heinrichs said he and maintenance director Keith Goossen, pending board approval, plan to drive to Little Rock, Ark., to look at two buses—one with 82,000 miles and the other with 100,000 miles. Both will need some body work, Heinrichs added.

Goossen, who will inspect the buses, would determine whether to drive one of the buses back to Hillsboro.

The board approved the bid for $54,900.

Other business

In other business, the board:

• heard meeting reports from Technology Excellence in Education Network by board chair Mark Rooker, and Marion County Special Education Cooperative by board member Joe Sechrist.

• met in executive session for issues of personnel.