USD 410 board decides to name cafeteria after Mohn

Roads, buildings and facilities that carry someone?s name remind others of contributions that person has made over time.

So to recognize Gordon Mohn?s service to the USD 410 as superintendent for 15 years, the Board of Education voted Monday to name the elementary school?s cafeteria Gordon Mohn Community Center.

The board took that action after Evan Yoder, Hillsboro Elementary School principal, presented the recommendation by the HES site council.

Mohn retired as superintendent in 2007. Plans are to have an end-of-school-day event when the facility will be named officially, said board president Rod Koons.

Administrators and maintenance will determine appropriate signage.

Superintendent Doug Huxman reported bids for Phase A and Phase B of the new stadium?demolition and new construction?will be ready to go out Friday.

?A few things will be tweaked as a result of that meeting,? Huxman said about the meeting on Monday to review the bid process.

Bids will be due Feb. 5, Huxman said, and Ray Penner, contractor, will put together a recommendation that will be reviewed by the school district and the college in order to determine what the final cost will be for the joint project.

?We?re hoping things will be coming in below what the estimates are,? Huxman said.

Keith Goossen, director of maintenance and transportation for USD 410, made his annual report about use of district vehicles, comparing this year with last year.

Goossen said he would like to delay purchase of another bus so the district could acquire a mower for grounds upkeep.

Curriculum director and Hillsboro Middle School principal Greg Brown reported on the district?s progress in meeting indicators of student learning in line with progressive goals established by ?No Child Left Behind,? which has set 2014 as the year that 100 percent of students must be at or above standards.

?As we get closer to 2014, we need to become more aware of how each individual student is doing on the assessments,? Brown said. ?Sub-group scores can affect the overall score (of grade levels).?

Increasing direct instructional time with students who are not meeting standards, Brown said, can make a significant difference in the overall scores and progress for the district.

?We need to talk about how to meet the educational needs of students,? he added.

Max Heinrichs, Hillsboro High School principal, reported the Trojan Classic is scheduled for Jan. 19-24. He also updated the board on recent meetings regarding league membership.

Another meeting is schedule for Wednesday, Heinrichs said.

Parents as Teachers director Lori Soo Hoo reported that 120 families across Marion County are served by three PAT educators.

Because of collaboration with other groups and resource networking, parents can become better teachers for their children, Soo Hoo said.

In response, Yoder said,?I just want to say (PAT educators) are a real asset for our school?they are worth every dime we spend.?

Huxman announced the board would meet at 5 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 13, for a conference call about the governor?s proposed budget cuts and the impact on school districts.

After meeting in executive session to discuss personnel, the board approved a contract as a transportation aid to Verda Albrecht.

In other business, the board:

n voted to amend the contract for Community in Schools director Linda Ogden. CIS had received additional funding from a grant to pay for added work by Ogden.

n approved investment of bonds proceeds at Hillsboro State Bank and Emprise Bank.

The bonds were sold in December and $1.8 million will be invested for six months in certificates of deposit for varying lengths.

Bids were submitted by Hillsboro State, Emprise and the Municipal Investment Pool.

n responded to questions from Lynn Just, music instructor, regarding the policy of overnight stays for school-related activities, particularly Kansas Music Educators Association convention weekend in Wichita.

The current policy would require students to return to Hillsboro unless they are picked up by their parents. It becomes a liability situation, Koons said, if children leave an event without their parents.

n discussed the option of the district signing a contract for fuel that would lock in the cost for a year. The contract price is about 20 cents per gallon above pump price, Goossen said.

In considering that option, Koons said, ?It needs to be a budgeting process, not a money-saving process.?

The board took no action.

n met in executive sessions to regarding students, negotiations and personnel. No action was taken.

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