USD 410 board approves tuition fees for preschool at May 14 meeting

The USD 410 Board of Education approved preschool tuition fees for the 2018-19 school year at its May 14 regular meeting.

Tuition for half days for 3- and 4-year-olds meeting four days a week will be $150 per month, at a total cost of $1,340.

All-day five-day-a-week sessions for 4-year-olds will be $375 per month, at a total cost of $3,375.

Superintendent Max Heinrichs said half-day sessions meet 3.5 hours per day while all day sessions meet 7.75 hours per day,

Heinrichs said fee amounts were based on current tuition.

“We’re going to be fairly full,” he said about anticipated preschool enrollment, adding that some spots are saved for children who may have special needs.

The board also approved the memo of understanding involving the preschool collaboration between USD 418 of McPherson and Marion County Special Education Cooperative for the 2018-19 school year.

The agreement has preschool classes meeting in two Hillsboro Elementary School classrooms—one serving 4-year-olds all day, five days a week, and the second the 3- and 4-year-olds meeting half days, four days a week.

“We did a much better job this year getting the agreement as we want it,” Heinrichs said about the memo of understanding.

The board approved the bid of $105,000 by Wiens & Co. from Hutchinson for the handicap lift renovation at Hillsboro Middle/High School.

“It will be a flat, not an elevator,” Heinrichs said.

The lift will provide access to the second floor in the high school and also will be used by maintenance if needed to get desks and other items upstairs, he said.

Henirchs said the project will be completed this summer.

“It will be a good addition to our building,” he added.

In his report, Heinrichs said the end-of-the-school celebration would be from 5-7 p.m. May 17.

Seven board members said they would attend the HHS afternoon commencement May 19.

Board member Rod Koons, who chaired this month’s meeting, recommended having water available at the ceremony, and the rest of the board affirmed the suggestion.

The board met twice in executive session, first for personnel and second for negotiations. No action was taken when the public session resumed.

Board member Jim Paulus attended the meeting via phone and member Jared Jost was absent.