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Hillsboro School Board adds coach, advisor
Special meeting scheduled, FFA trip approved
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The Hillsboro School Board unanimously added an athletic coach and an advisor to the staff at its regular monthly meeting Monday night.

Those hired were Andrea Anderson, Basketball Cheer Advisor, and Kirby Wong, Junior High Boys Basketball Coach. Both of them have previous experience.

A decision on Steve Myler, a former Wonewoc-Center coach, for the girls basketball C-Squad position was tabled until the next meeting to allow time to assure there are enough interested players to field a team.

The Board also accepted the resignation of Kathy Redington as a Special Education Route Driver.

In other business, the board unanimously approved an FFA trip to the organization’s National Convention in Louisville, Ky.

Also, a special meeting to certify the 2013-2014 tax levy was scheduled by the Board. It will be held at 7 p.m. Oct. 28 in the high school library.
The Board then recognized five local businesses that were recently selected for the Wisconsin Association of School Boards’ Honor Roll. They are Hillsboro Telephone Company, Peterson Pharmacy, Hillsboro Equipment, Royal Bank, and Farmers State Bank.

In his monthly report, School Superintendent Curt Bisarek said that the school district had received thank you cards from Pastor and Connie Prell and Pastor Roger Miller in appreciation for the complimentary Tiger sports passes they received. Thank you cards were also received from Cesky Den in appreciation for the FBLA’s participation in this year’s celebration, and from the family of Charlene Darcy.

Bisarek also reported that McKinstry is meeting every week with the project manager and site superintendent. Plans for HVAC, electrical and roofing Projects are being designed. Thermal imaging of the schools is scheduled to take place  Wednesday morning for the building envelope project which will begin this Fall.

He also reported on a meeting with Athletic Field Services representatives to discuss the condition of the track. Structurally, it is in good shape, but it is slippery for runners.

An initial preliminary estimate stated that it would cost approximately $110,000 to resurface the track and add rubber.
More immediately, the school district needs to develop a plan to properly install areas for long jump, triple jump, high jump, and shot/discus.

The Superintendent also reported that he and teacher Terry Fanta attended the first meeting of the Common Core Legislative Hearings on Oct. 3. They were not given the chance to provide oral testimony, but they did submit a written testimony.

Elementary School Principal Cara Wood told the board that the Parent Teacher Conferences last week featured 95% attendance, a figure that she was very happy to report.

In addition to the parents’ visits last week, the school also welcomed the Hillsboro Fire Department to promote  Fire Prevention Week. The local firefighters put on a traditional safety presentation for the 4K and Kindergarten classes.

It was a busy five days last week as the school began using STAR testing to monitor students as another tool to measure the effectiveness of interventions. The WKCE testing window is Oct. 28-Nov. 28.

The Elementary School is planning on having a Veterans' Day Program on Nov. 11. It is tentatively planned to be held at 9 a.m. in the high school prior to the high school program at 10:30 a.m.

Parents should also keep in mind that picture retake day will be Nov. 8.

The next regular School Board meeting will be at 7 p.m., Nov. 11, in the High School library.

The Board went into closed session, after which they reconvened in open session and approved a 2.07% salary increase for administrators and directors.