Walking school bus revived for spring

\Come the arrival of spring, the walking school bus is now back on its route for Hillsboro Elementary School children.

Principal Evan Yoder made the announcement at the March 12 regular meeting of USD 410 Board of Education.

With the walking school bus, children walk to school with one or more adults who accompany them en route. The walking route and times are listed in the HES Hand­book.

In his quarterly update to the board, Yoder also reported on the HES library’s book fair, which began March 2 and continues online through March 22, and the start of state assessments March 28.

Clint Corby, principal for Hillsboro Middle/High School, told the board that HHS students intended to participate March 14 in the nationwide 17-minute student walkout to remember those killed in Parkland, Fla., in February.

Corby said students would not be penalized if they chose to walk out, adding that if an entire class leaves, then the teacher would go with them. But if one student stays, the teacher will stay in the classroom.

He said that when students returned to class he wanted to challenge them to consider what they could do to make a difference in reaching out to others.

“My big thing is, now what?” Corby said. “What are you going to change? What are we going to do to make sure people are connected?”

He also asked board members for their input about using Accuplacer, a type of test in place of the ACT, for those who want to pursue technical school after graduation.

“Right now every junior takes the ACT,” Corby said, adding that not all students choose to attend college.

Superintendent Max Heinrichs said district administrators are reviewing curriculum options that focus on project-based and personalized learning.

“We’re just looking at things that allow students a voice about what and when and where (regarding their learning),” he said.

“We plan to pilot some programs next fall. The goal would be to launch in 2019-20.”

Other business

In other business, the board:

◼ approved the 2018-19 school calendar.

◼ approved the purchase of 180 laptops for HHS students for $101,700 from TwoTrees Technologies LLC. These laptops will replace 180 that will be cycled out of use.

◼ approved April 20 and May 14-17 to make up 164 hours for USD 410 Preschool. Five days had been canceled because of inclement weather and for a professional development day.

◼ accepted the resignation of kindergarten teacher Dakota Tannahill at the end of the current school year.

◼ heard from Heinrichs about the timeline for the shaftway lift in the high school. He anticipates the project will start May 21.

◼ heard the TEEN and MCSEC monthly reports.

◼ met in executive session for negotiations. No action was taken when the public session resumed.

Board members Rod Koons and Kim Klein were absent from the meeting, and Jim Paulus attended via phone.

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