USD 410 board OKs principal contracts

The Unified School District 410 Board of Education approved renewal contracts to the three building administrators for the next two years at its regular meeting Monday evening.

After a 45-minute meeting in executive session to discuss personnel, the board voted to extend contracts to Evan Yoder, Greg Brown and Max Heinrichs through the 2010-11 school year.

?We?re pretty blessed with the administrators we have,? said board president Rod Koons prior to the vote. ?As we travel, we hear conversations around…that our administrators are well-spoken of.

?We?re pretty proud of them,? he added.

Superintendent Doug Huxman reported that the bidding process is complete for phases A and B of the Tabor College/USD 410 athletic facility project.

Huxman told the board a special meeting is needed to act on recommendations from Ray Penner of Coonrod and Associates, who is currently analyzing the bids. The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 16, at the Central District Office.

Huxman also reported USD 410 business manager Jerry Hinerman and Kirby Fadenrecht, Tabor?s senior vice president of business and finance, have been working on insurance for the new facility.

Hinerman said while the district?s insurance carrier probably will cover the property and Tabor?s carrier the liability, both entities will reimburse each one half of the insurance costs.

Huxman also reported that Jason Henry, USD 410 technology director, had researched options for the local area network connection with the new central office to be located on West D Street.

If the district was to contract with Eagle Communication to lay the fiber, costs would be $30,000 for equipment and installation, plus a monthly usage fee.

?Doing it ourselves with the city stringing the wire will cost $12,000 to $13,000, plus some installation charges, but no monthly charge,? Huxman said. ?That?s the decision the district is going to go with.?

Hinerman presented projected changes in the budget for the general fund and local option budget funds for fiscal years 2009 to 2012.

Depending on action by the Kansas Legislature, Hinerman said, the district can expect to cutback between $105,000 and $190,000 for this fiscal year.

Hinerman listed several areas for projected cost savings?totaling $141,500?for the 2009 fiscal year that would affect such areas as staffing, maintenance, legal fees and food service costs.

At this point, Huxman said, the district can only deal with estimates about the impact that reducing base state aid per pupil and declining enrollment will have on the budget.

?It?s fair to say that everything will be looked at,? he said. ?We need to seriously differentiate between wants and (students?) needs.?

Brown, Hillsboro Middle School principal, reported staff from HMS and Hillsboro Elementary School will report about the Multi-tiered Systems of Support program to the Kansas State Department of Education on Tuesday.

Yoder, HES principal, reported the school?s spelling bee champion is Lauren Henderson, a third-grader. She, along with second-place finisher Abi Hurst, will represent Hillsboro in the Marion County Spelling Bee contest at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11, at the USD 408 Performing Arts Center in Marion.

In other business, the board:

n approved a request for buses and drivers to transport students to Wichita for the Trojan After Prom Party.

n approved a revised plan for school board member voting districts because of a clerical issue that needed clarification. The change came at the request of County Clerk Carol Maggard and Kansas Association of School Boards attorney Donna Whiteman.

n approved a one-year agricultural lease at $47.50 per acre for 10 acres on Adams Street property to Floyd Nikkel. Nikkel has been cash renting the property for the past two years.

n approved the district?s participation in the Parents as Teachers Program for Marion County.

Huxman said in the near future the board will need to review the third position, currently funded by the district, as cost rather than effectiveness is an issue.

n approved the working agreement between Marion County Parents as Teachers and the Communities of Schools of Marion County, which involves the Compre?hen?sive Early Childhood Health Initiative Project, funded by a grant written by Linda Ogden, for additional hours to meet with PAT participants.

n approved a request from Brown for an additional activity account line for the HMS Quiz Bowl.

Board member Brent Barkman was absent from the meeting.

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