USD 410 board to add two teachers for 2018-19

The Free Press

USD 410 Board of Educa­tion at its Feb. 12 regular meeting gave support to begin the search for two additional teachers for the 2018-19 school year.

The positions are second preschool teacher and a teacher for a third section of second grade at Hillsboro Elementary School.

At the January meeting, Evan Yoder, HES principal, had reviewed anticipated enrollment numbers for preschoolers and the personnel that would be needed, especially in light of mandated all-day classes for 4-year-olds.

“I want to get going more quickly this year,” Superintendent Max Hein­richs said about filling the positions with qualified personnel. “I see (adding the positions) as meeting our needs and the goals we’ve set.”

Heinrichs reviewed progress on plans to construct the vertical lift platform and shaftway in the Hillsboro Middle/High School this summer.

Bids had been submitted, but Heinrichs said it became apparent that an architect will need to be hired first to draw plans prior to approving bids. Consequently, the board voted to reject the submitted bids.

During the learning showcase at the meeting, students Gabby Sibayan and Aaron Paulus and teacher Maura Wiebe told the board about their visit to Kansas Starbase Camp in Salina.

Before Christmas, fifth graders had attended the program and participated in multiple STEM activities, which included learning about launching rockets and flying helicopters.

Other business

In other business the board:

◼ approved extending the lease with Grace Commun­ity Church through July 1 at a rate of $400 per week.

Cal Jost, representing the church, expressed appreciation to the board for accommodating the church’s needs for the past six years as they anticipate moving into their new building soon.

◼ reviewed two drafts of the 2018-19 calendar.

◼ heard an update from Heinrichs on the vehicle replacement plan, which includes purchasing a 47-passenger bus and a 10-passenger van in the 2018-19 school year.

◼ approved a $18.55 hourly rate for an on-call district mechanic.

◼ approved a mailing system and service agreement with 360 Document Solu­tions, the company that leases copiers to the district. The current mailing agreement, which ends in six months, is with Neopost.

“Then we’ll have it all at one place,” Heinrichs said about changing companies, adding that cost at $119.95 per month for 63 months for the mailing system will be the same.

◼ approved extending contracts to June 30, 2020, for HES and HMHS principals, assistant to HMHS principal/activities’ director and TEEN director.

◼ approved extending contracts to June 30, 2019, for the technology director and business manager.

◼ approved work agreements for Cassidy Becker as HES lunchroom aide and Kathy Sigel as mid-day preschool route bus driver, both at $9 per hour.

◼ approved supplemental contracts for Kalee Cross as assistant softball coach and Devin Metzinger as assistant track coach.

◼ approved adding the title of USD 410 food service director to Judy Penner’s current position as HES head cook.

◼ approved the resignation of Sherlyn Hill as mid-day preschool route driver, effective Feb. 22.

◼ heard reports from Heinrichs on the Kansas Legislature and summer maintenance projects.

Board member Kim Klein attended the meeting via conference call