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Hillsboro School Board discusses planning issues
Parking space needed; locker rooms, track, bleachers, sidewalks, roof all need work
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The main topic of discussion at Monday night’s School Board meeting centered around a report by the Buildings and Grounds Committee on recent planning issues.

There still are concerns for needed parking space that hopefully will be addressed by the summer of 2016.

Other issues included the bleachers in the high school gymnasium and football field, the boys locker rooms, sidewalks, resurfacing of the track, and the high school roof that needs improvement work at a possible cost of $75,000-$100,000.

The good and much needed news is that a local family has offered to construct an 8- by 5-foot trophy case that will display Tiger awards on the wall of the gymnasium.

Middle/High School Principal Greg Zimmerman alerted Tiger sports fans that the girls’ basketball team began regular practice on Monday, and boys basketball and the wrestling team will begin practicing Monday, Nov. 16.

He also reported that the traditional High School Veterans Day Program on Nov. 11will be held at 10:30 a.m. in the gymnasium. The Elementary School Program will be held at 9 a.m. also in the High School/Middle School gymnasium
The High School Band and Choir and the Middle School Choir will perform. Everyone is welcome and he especially encouraged veterans and guests to attend.

The school musical, “Leader of the Pack: The Ellie Greenwich Musical,” will be performed this Friday and Saturday, Nov. 13-14.  The show tells the true story of songwriters Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry. There will be a “50s-60s Drive-in Dinner” from 5-6 p.m. on Saturday evening prior to the performance at 7 p.m.

The 11th grade class will take a practice examination on Wednesday morning, Nov. 25. Like the actual exam, it will take about four hours. There will be an early release at 1:15 on that day.

The annual Middle School/High School concert is scheduled for Monday, Dec. 7.

Elementary School Principal Cara Wood reported that first quarter report cards went home last week on Wednesday.

Tiger Pride held its popular “Doughnuts with Dad” Nov. 6.

Eight staff members participated in nonviolent crisis intervention training last week.

Vision screenings were held Monday by school nurse Tammie Skrabel, in collaboration with the Lions Club. They will return next Tuesday to see 4K and any other students who may have missed it.

Picture retakes will be this Friday, Nov. 13.

The next 4K story hour is Friday, Nov. 13, from 1-2 p.m. The next Family Activity Night for 4K is Thursday, Nov. 19, from 4-6 p.m.

A reminder to parents to sign up to receive a text notification of school delays or cancellations. Text @hillsboros to 703-687-9243.

In his report, Superintendent Curt Bisarek updated  the district’s search for a new principal to replace Zimmerman, who has resigned, effective at the end of the regular school year.

Bisarek and the Board will meet again within the next few weeks. He labeled Dec. 14 “decision time.”

In other presentations:

•  Several FFA members reported on the recent National Convention they attended in Louisville, KY.

•  Stacy Sosinsky gave a presentation on a new “Snack Pack” project that will collect snack foods from product producers and other businesses to fill bags that will be given to students to offset that extra expense. The project has been receiving positive feedback.

• Middle/High School Guidance Counselor Kelli Sullivan reported on a student career planning project.