USD 410 board hears student project

The story of photographer Lewis Hine, researched and depicted by Hillsboro High School sophomore Kalen Moss, was the focus of the Learning Showcase at the USD 410 Board of Educa?tion May 12 meeting.

Moss shared and fielded questions about her three-dimensional project featuring Hine, who was instru?mental in helping to change U.S. child labor laws in the early 20th century.

Moss?s project qualified her for the National History Day Competition June 15-19 at the University of Mary?land in College Park, near Washington, D.C.

The board voted to approve the out-of-state trip. Kaylene Mueller, Moss?s teacher, will accompany her on the trip. The district will not provide funding for the trip.

Superintendent Steve Noble presented initial revisions for the district?s 2014-15 building handbooks.

The Hillsboro Elemen?tary School handbook listed changes in teacher appointments and the food service program. Children will be offered five courses for lunches rather than served five courses, meaning students can make some choices about food placed on their trays.

Noble said while the Hillsboro Middle School handbook had minimal modifications, one of several changes in the Hillsboro High School handbook addressed the dress code regarding running tights, yoga pants and leggings.

Noble said he would send copies to board members for their review. They will vote to approve the handbooks next month.

Lori Soo Hoo, director of Parents as Teachers, presented her annual report. PAT has served 113 families representing 135 children in Marion County over the past year, she said.

Soo Hoo reviewed survey results by 70 families who have exited the program. The results showed evidence of growth in areas of knowledge, confidence, ability and action in parenting. She said one area the PAT staff seeks to improve is connecting families with other families.

Noble reported the Kansas State High School Activities Association will hold a hearing regarding expanding the league for middle schools events.

Noble said KSHAA has authority to place schools in a league. He said he had met with the superintendents, and they recommended splitting into an 11-school league with two divisions to minimize travel.

Noble said Hillsboro, Halstead, Haven and Hesston are ?pretty adamant about maintaining divisions.?

He also reviewed projected operational reserves for fiscal years 2014-16. If voters approve raising the local option budget to 31 percent, the projected reserves for the district would be $263,358 by June 31, 2016, while raising the LOB to 33 percent would result in operational reserves of $411,062.

Other business

In other business the board:

? approved 7-0 the preschool agreement with McPherson.?It is a collaborative agreement that will coordinate services to eligible 3- and 4-year-olds who qualify for the USD 410 preschool program or the McPher?son/Marion County Head Start Program, who have an Individualized Education Program through the Marion County Special Education Cooperative, or who are enrolling in USD 410 schools as community members.

? approved 7-0 the 2014-15 preschool calendar, which had some changes from the general calendar.

? approved 7-0 a 5-cent increase for student meals and 5-cent increase for adult meals for 2014-15. Adult breakfast will be $1.85. Milk price will stay the same at 40 cents.

? approved 7-0 the Safe Routes to School Construc?tion Easements at $1 per easement that will allow access to HES, HMS and HHS. Grant money will be used to pay for the construction.

? met in executive sessions for negotiations and for personnel.

? approved 4-3 the recommendation to transfer the certified library/media specialist position to a classified position. Board members Kim Klein, Chad Nowak and Joe Sechrist cast ?no? votes.

? approved 7-0 contracts for Ashley Sheridan as HES preschool teacher and Lena Kleiner as TEEN director through June 30, 2016.

? approved 7-0 supplemental contracts for 2014-15 with some open positions yet to be filled.

? heard the MCSEC report by Sechrist and the TEEN report by board member Mark Rooker.

? heard announcement of HHS graduation ceremony at 4 p.m. May 17 at the Joel H. Wiens Stadium. Six board members said they planned to attend.

? heard announcement of an end-of-the-year celebration 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 21, at the Central District Office. Ser?ving begins at 5:30 p.m.

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