USD 410 board approves fees for new school year

USD 410 Board of Education approved meal prices, student fees and pay rates for 2017-18 at its July 10 meeting.<p>The board voted for a 5-cent increase for prekindergarten through grade 12 breakfasts and lunches and a 10-cent increase for adult staff meals. Adult breakfast, adult non-staff, child visitor and a-la-carte items also increased by 5 cents.<p>Reduced price rates for breakfast and lunch will remain the same as last year.<p>Prior to the vote, Superintendent Max Heinrichs said the state of Kansas had recommended the district raise its meal prices by 10 cents across the board, but he decided to request only a nickel increase for student prices. <p>Student fees for Hillsboro Elementary and Hillsboro Middle/High School will remain the same as last year.<p>Heinrichs said he will again ask for scholarships from the Hillsboro Community Foundation for pre­school tuition.<p>After a discussion, the board members voted to approve a 25-cent pay rate increase for temporary employees for 2017-18.<p>These positions do not fall under regular employment contracts or work agreements, Heinrichs said, and include such positions as aide, custodian and bus driver substitutes.<p>“We need to be cognizant of those blue-collar positions,” said board member Rod Koons about the rationale for pay increase.<p>Pay rate for substitute teachers will remain the same as last year, $90 per full day and $45 for half-day.<p>The board approved the following board policy revisions: federal fiscal compliance and procedures, travel reimbursements and local wellness.<p>Bowling alley request<p>Hillsboro Development Corp. and Clint Seibel have proposed that USD 410 make a financial commitment of $2,500 as one of a four-way partnership to keep Bluejay Lanes open. The other proposed entities are the city of Hillsboro, Tabor College and HDC.<p>Heinrichs said he would prefer that the district give the bowling alley business than write “a blank check for $2,500.” <p>Patronage options suggested include offering classroom incentives and planning social events to be held there. He did not ask the board to take action at the meeting.<p>“It’s something for you to think about,” he said. “It’s something I would like to see.”<p>Redesign project<p>Heinrichs requested the board’s permission to apply to the Kansas Can School Redesign project. He had introduced the program at last month’s meeting.<p>He said the Kansas State Department of Education is looking for seven school districts to participate. Selected districts will designate one elementary school and one secondary to be redesigned to attain the KSDE outcomes.<p>Heinrichs said he sees this five-year  program as an opportunity for the state to come in and help USD 410 be prepared to educate students for the future.<p>The board voted 7-0  to apply for the program.<p>In addition to board’s approval, two other criteria for application are 80 percent of faculty and the local KNEA have to approve applying.<p>Heinrichs also reviewed the summer maintenance projects underway, totaling about $158,000. Among those projects are recabling, hallway lighting and HVAC at HES.<p>Other business<p>In other business, the board:<p>• accepted the resignations of Lisa Mayfield as HMHS administrative assistant and Galen Obermeyer as HES custodian.<p>• approved classified staff hires of Kathy Klein as HMHS administrative assistant and Casey Moore from part-time to full-time HES custodian.<p>• approved elimination of the FACT executive director position. The contract ended June 30.<p>• re-elected Mark Rooker as board president and Rod Koons as board vice president. <p>• filled board member appointments for 2017-18: Jim Paulus as rep and Joe Sechrist as alternate rep for Marion County Special Education; Mark Rooker as rep and Tim Kaufman as alternate rep for Technology Excellence in Education Network; Rod Koons as chief negotiator and Mark Rooker as assistant negotiator; Kim Klein as rep to Professional Development Council; Rooker as rep for Kansas Association of School Board, and Jared Jost as rep to USD 410 Technology Committee.<p>• heard MCSEC report from Paulus and TEEN report from Rooker.<p>• met in executive session for personnel matters.<p>• met in executive session to discuss negotiations, followed by no action.