USD 410 board OKs $44,919 for 161 Chromebooks at HES

USD 410 Superintendent Max Heinrichs presents Teresa Bernhardt with her Service Award for completing 19 years of food service with the district. Don Ratzlaff
USD 410 Superintendent Max Heinrichs presents Teresa Bernhardt with her Service Award for completing 19 years of food service with the district. Don Ratzlaff

As part of its routine agenda, the USD 410 Board of Education approved the purchase of laptops for Hills­boro Elementary School at the June 11 regular meeting.

The district had received the lowest bid of $44,919 for 161 Chromebooks from Twotrees Technologies along with a management console license.

“We think we got the best price we could possibly get,” Superintendent Max Heinrichs told the board prior to the vote.

Heinrichs said the laptops, which will not go home with students, will be used by third through fifth grades.

Building administrators gave their quarterly reports to the board.

Clint Corby, principal of Hillsboro Middle/High School, said the NWEA assessment was administered to high school students for the first time. Conse­quently, no previous results are available for comparison.

“We’ll do them again in the fall and compare with those scores,” Corby said.

Corby also told the board he hopes to make some format changes to next year’s graduation ceremony to enhance its quality.

Following Corby’s report, board member Rod Koons raised his concerns about the decorum of students at this year’s graduation, especially when they walked across the stage.

“I left there Saturday the 19th mad because I was disgusted and embarrassed by the students on the stage,” Koons said.

Corby said he wasn’t aware of some of the behavior Koons mentioned, but it’s something that needs to be addressed at practice next year.

Evan Yoder, HES principal, said students had completed MAP assessments.

“I’ve been pleased with how students have done on the most part,” Yoder said.

He said the state has mandated that during enrollment every child registering for kindergarten will take a test.

The board agreed to table the Opaa Food Service proposal until after negotiations with the company were completed.

Other business

In other business, the board:

◼ approved extending the lease to Grace Community Church through Oct. 7 at the rate of $400 per week.

◼ recognized Teresa Bernhardt for completing 19 years in food service.

◼ approved 2018-19 handbooks for HES and HM/HS.

◼ approved 2018-19 Parents as Teachers Policy & Procedures Manual.

◼ approved the hire of Pati Funk as summer district office assistant at $14.29 per hour, 20 hours per week, and no more than seven weeks of duty.

◼ approved the supplemental positions that have been filled for 2018-19.

◼ approved the resignation of Maria Chavez as full-time custodian at HES, effective May 25.

◼ approved the termination of Sara Bennett as bus driver, effective May 17.

Board members Kim Klein and Tim Kaufman were absent from the meeting.