USD 410 Board talks about drop off locations for students

USD 410 Board of Education was told at its Aug. 13 meeting that a plan is in the works to have designated in-town pick-up/drop-off sites for those students living a distance from USD 410 school buildings.

“Our goal is to get students at some area drop-offs to elevate some traffic and get them closer to home,” said Superintendent Max Heinrichs. “If the kids don’t walk home, parents can pick them up at another location.”

The target start date is Sept. 4, Heinrichs added.

At the board meeting, transportation and facilities director Karen Goossen reviewed tentative stops and outlined areas where town riders could be taken. She said students living in Carriage Hills and Willow Glen subdivisions will be dropped off at the beginning of routes this year. Last year, she said drop-off sites were added for those students near the end of routes because busing itineraries already were established.

Once school starts, Heinrichs said a signup will be available to determine how many parents are interested in participating. Some factors, such available bus drivers, will affect the schedules, he added.

Robert Rempel, activities director and assistant principal at Hillsboro Middle/High School, reported about the Joel H. Wiens Stadium and reviewed plans for turf replacement.

“Timing for putting (the turf) in is a little bit up in the air,” Rempel said.

Plans are to replace the artificial turf after the 2018 football season, he said, adding that if the installation is not done by mid-February, it will be installed during summer.

Following Rempel’s report, the board approved a contract with Hellas Construction Inc. to replace the turf at a total cost of $400,000 with USD 410’s portion being $200,000.

The board also approved purchase of a new bus—a 2019 C2 model 47-passenger Blue Bird with air conditioning—at $89,559 from Kansas Truck and Equipment Co. Inc. Heinrichs said $95,000 had been allocated in the budget to purchase a new bus.

After meeting in executive session, the board approved several actions affecting personnel, including the 2018-19 Master Contract, which has a base increase of $400 and an increase of $600 for those with a master’s degree. The board also approved a $500 salary increase and a health contribution equivalent to a $1,300 deductible family coverage health insurance premium through ESSDACK Health Insurance group for the following administrators: Brad Just, Jerry Hinerman, Clint Corby, Event Yoder, Robert Rempel and Max Heinrichs.

In other business, the board:

◼ approved a 188-day work schedule with a salary of $42,892 for Jill Hein as Student Services coordinator and a health contribution equivalent to a $1,300 deductible single coverage health insurance premium.

◼ approved an increase of 40 cents per hour and a health insurance contribution equivalent to a $1,300 deductible single coverage for classified staff including Marion County Parents as Teachers but excluding bus drivers.

◼ approved Molly Dillion as preschool parent advocate at a first semester pay rate of $13.50 per hour and second semester pay rate at $14 per hour as well as a health insurance contribution equivalent to a $1,300 deductible single coverage health insurance premium.

◼ approved pay rate of $20 per hour for on-call district mechanic as a temporary employee.

◼ approved resignations of Marlene Klassen as USD 410 Food Service cook at Hillsboro Elementary School and Kathy Siegel as a route bus driver.

◼ approved a change to the 2018-19 calendar with the professional development day scheduled for Jan. 14 moved to Monday, Jan. 21.

Heinrichs said the change will allow Marion County Special Education Cooperative to have a countywide professional development day for its employees as well as allow students to have Martin Luther King Day off from school.

◼ heard from Heinrichs that the 2018-19 budget will keep the mill levy the same at 61.779.

He also announced that the board will hold its budget hearing at a special meeting slated for 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 20. Also the board then will take action to approve a 3 percent salary increase and a monthly health insurance contribution for Lena Kleiner, TEEN director, for the 2019 fiscal year.

Board member Kim Klein participated in the meeting via phone and member Jim Paulus was absent.