USD 410 board hears of enrollment increases

The principals for USD 410 gave upbeat reports about the beginning of the school year to USD 410 board members at their regular meeting Sept. 12.

Evan Yoder, principal at Hillsboro Elementary School, said enrollment is up from last year, with additional aides hired for kindergarten and second grade—the largest classes—working well.

He also announced that HES is going back to using MAP—Measures of Academic Progress—as its assessment tool.

“The ACT wasn’t as helpful,” Yoder said.

He also said 30 children are participating in the walking school bus, which is being coordinated by Ben Schmidt.

“I’ve wanted to get a language program in place (for elementary grades),” Yoder said, adding that Sandy Arnold is teaching Spanish to students in sections.

He also shared a Face­book video of Doug Dick’s class, who achieved Yoder’s challenge of earning a pizza party for being the first class to recite the Pledge of Allegiance in Spanish.

Clint Corby, Hillsboro Middle/High School principal, reported 132 students in the middle school and 157 in the high school. Official numbers will be based on enrollment as of Sept. 20.

Corby highlighted strong participation in extracurricular activities, including sports, music and student clubs.

Corby added that ACT scores for all levels are above the state average.

“Overall, our data look good,” he said.

Ben Trout of EPM Inc. reviewed data analysis of the computerized temperature control system used by the district for the past 12 years. He reported a savings on utilities of 36 percent for HES and 23 percent for HMHS with total financial savings of $538,000 for HES and $1.6 million for HMHS.

Other business

In other business, the board:

• approved sending two district teachers to 2017 Project Lead the Way Nation­al Summit at an estimated cost of $2,910.

Superintendent Max Heinrichs said the summit includes training and networking opportunities for teachers to enhance skills in presenting PLTW and STEM instruction.

“PLTW has kind of changed the culture of our school” Heinrichs said.

• approved three out-of-state trips.

Four students plan to the National FFA Convention Oct. 17-22 in Indianapolis, Ind., along with two adults sponsors.

Sonya Roberts said she has teamed with Goessel, which has one student who wants to attend.

Qualifiers will attend the June 2017 National TSA Conference in Orlando, Fla.

Bruce Major said a trip combining choir and band is planned for May to Colorado Springs, Colo., at an estimated cost of $340 per student.

He said the groups will compete at the event, and rather than alternate years between band and choir as in the past, the plan is to take a combined trip every three years.

• approved selling HMS three-year-old laptops to TEEN Virtual School at $25 each. The computers will be used by students who do not have one.

• tabled a decision about selling four-year-old iPad 2 models to do more research about how much to charge to sell them as a lot.

• was informed of estimates for repair or replacement for HHS roofing. Heinrichs said he and Keith Goossen will plan to move forward with Wray Roofing Inc.

• approved having P1 Group Inc. of Lenexa do a facilities assessment on roofs and air conditioning, which would require no financial commitment.

Gary Sechrist of ESSDACK recommended the company at the Sept. 18 special board meeting.

• approved the following changes in personnel after meeting in executive session: work agreements for Brenda Sechrist as second-grade teacher aide and Sherlyn Hill as afternoon driver for Lehigh bus route and work in the bus shop; supplemental contracts of Autumn Hardey as HES afterschool program coordinator, Tricia Williamson as assistant for HMHS drama and Dustin Dalke to teach art an additional 28 minutes two days a week with selected students.

• heard Heinrichs report what HHS graduates have done after graduation based on the National Clearing­house Data. He said since 2008, 75 percent of HHS grads have gone to college.

• heard reports from Technology Excellence in Education Network by board president Mark Rooker and Marion County Special Education Cooperative by board member Jim Paulus.

Board member Kim Klein was absent from the meeting.