USD 410 to begin technical ed program

Implementation of the Career and Technical Education program will begin in fall at Hillsboro High School.

Max Heinrichs, HHS principal, reviewed the program at the USD 410 Board of Education meeting Monday evening, as well as its impact on building the master class schedule for 2011-12.

The career cluster and pathway initiative, adopted by the Kansas State Department of Education, involves offering occupationally specific curriculum that will prepare students for further education and careers in particular professions.

The program lists 16 career clusters, including fields such as information technology, education, agriculture and business.

Curriculum changes, Heinrichs said, involve increasing pathway course offerings while cutting core classes.

?A lot of it involves changing names (of courses),? Heinrichs said. ?Some of the curriculum is being taught already,?

Students will be able earn dual credit by taking pathway courses, Heinrichs said, then transferring the credit to post-secondary schools having articulation agreements with the district.

Having fewer several teaching positions because of budget cuts adds to the challenges to implementing the CTE program, Heinrich said.

For example, he said, the high school will have only one social studies teacher.

So some of the entry-level classes will be taught in at the middle school level, he added.

?I?ve never seen so significant change (in curriculum) in a single year,? Superintendent Steve Noble said about the statewide CTE program.

He commended the district?s staff and teachers for their willingness to embrace the changes.

Thanks to Heinrichs? proactive leadership, Noble said, ?Hillsboro High School has taken a leadership role in the state.?

Board members Mark Rooker and Eddie Weber added their affirmation to the emphasis on preparing students for current and emerging careers.

In his monthly report, Noble presented preliminary projections regarding the limited state revenue and its effects on the Local Option Budget, bond interest and capital outlay.

Noting the board?s commitment to providing the best education possible for children, plus the 4-mill increase and the board?s sensitivity to raising taxes, Noble asked the board to consider where to set the capital outlay mill level for fiscal year 2012.

In other business, the board:

? approved re-publication of the 2010-11 budget because of the unanticipated increases in revenue or expenses in four areas: number of at-risk students for kindergarten through grade 12, bilingual education, special education and vocational education.

? presented a plaque to Dale Klassen for his eight years as a board member. Chad Nowak will assume his seat next month. The board also presented plaques to retiring district employees Betty Medley as custodian and Janet Hein as At-Risk aide.

? received a $16,000 check, presented by Mayor Delores Dalke, from the Hillsboro Com?munity Foundation. The money is from the Marga Ebel Fund and will be used to collaborate health services for children in USD 410, early childhood and Marion County Health Department.

? approved the resignation of Tonja Wienck as HMS social studies teacher.

? approved the contract non-renewal for Michele Melton as HMS language arts teacher.

? approved 2011-12 contracts for Michelle Goldsby, Head Start and preschool director; Gita Noble, part-time HMS math; Doug Dick, HES physical education; Michele Melton, HMS reading/At-Risk aide; Jeff Haslett, driver education; Brandi Hen?drix, TEEN director; and Linda Ogden, executive director for Families and Communities Together.

Ogden was recommended for the position by Joyce Kyle, FACT board vice president. Her salary of $30,308 is reimbursed to the district by FACT.

? approved 2011-12 contracts for building and classified administrators, classified staff and supplemental positions.

? approved handbooks for the elementary and middle schools for 2011-12. The board also heard the first reading of revisions for the 2011-12 high school handbook, which will be acted upon at next month?s meeting.

? approved a request from the Hillsboro Arts and Crafts Association for the use of buses and drivers during the Arts and Crafts Fair in September.

? approved driver education fees of $250: $75 for online coursework through Buhler High School and $150 for driving instruction by Jeff Haslett. There will be no reduced rates for free or reduced-price lunches students.

? approved a Kansas Learns Online Agreement, which gives parents options of having students take virtual classes for grades three through 12.

? awarded the district?s property and casualty insurance to The Insurance Center for $60,300 and the district?s workers? compensation insurance to The Fee Insurance Group for $23,855.

? approved offering a year-old laptop computer and docking station for $707 to Shirley Baltzer, who had expressed interest in purchasing the hardware.

Because her teaching position was reduced, the board agreed to offer the equipment at one-third depreciated value.

The board also approved donating a laptop five years or older to the Hillsboro Golf Course for use in the club house.

? received an update about the Safe Routes to School Phase 1 grant. Noble said the grant request included letters of support from various individuals and agencies in the community. He added word should be received by August whether the grant has been approved.

? heard a report from Deb Geis that Marion County Special Education Cooperative received an assessment rebate of $63,200. MCSEC plans to give a proportionate amount to each of the five county school districts as a rebate on their assessments.

Later, in an interview, MCSEC executive director David Sheppard said, ?I felt like we need to give something back to the districts.?

The amount of $18,600 has been designated for USD 410.

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