USD 410 board reviews shared-use agreement

USD 410 Board of Educa­tion discussed renewing the shared-use agreement with the city for the Hillsboro Sports Complex at its Nov. 14 regular meeting.

While the board agreed to renew the lease, the final decision was tabled until the next month so Super­inten­dent Max Heinrich can discuss questions with City Administrator Larry Paine.

The proposed agreement provides for the district’s use of tennis courts and baseball and softball fields for physical education and extra-curricular activities.

The arrangement requires the district to pay $4,250 annually for seven years beginning July 1 with the option to continue for an additional seven years.

Board member Rod Koons raised questions regarding the rationale for having a seven-year lease rather than revisiting the agreement annually. He said his concerns centered on ongoing needs to maintain and improve the facilities.

The board also discussed purchasing an activity bus to be used to bring students to various events. The current budget has allocated $130,000 for the purchase.

Heinrichs asked the board input regarding engine size, air conditioning, USB ports at each seat, seating and graphics on the outside of the bus. The bus will be white but can be painted for a price.

The board voted 5-1 for Heinrichs to send out the proposal for bids.

Board clerk Jerry Hiner­man reviewed the proposal for purchasing Skyward School Business Suite, a software management system. Other districts in Marion County are considering to using this system as well. Costs could be shared for the training.

The board approved the software proposal for a cost not to exceed $44,273, including about $31,250 for total group training that may be shared by other county school districts and/or Marion County Special Education Cooperative.

Other business

In other business, the board:

• approved a work agreement for Linda Peters as a long-term substitute teacher.

• approved supplemental contracts for Demetrius Cox as assistant coach for Hillsboro High School boys’ basketball and Terach Antoine for 64 hours and Seth Shields for 260 hours as assistant HHS wresting coaches.

• approved the out-of-state GAP Club Senior trip planned for May 29-June 2 in Omaha, Neb.

• heard highlights from the State of the District report by Heinrichs, including improved scores in science and math assessments since the adoption of Project Lead the Way pathways.

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