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Hillsboro School Board tables co-principal hiring for one week
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The Hillsboro School Board dealt with a series of personnel matters Feb. 15 during its regular monthly meeting that did not include the one it had planned to handle.

The district had intended to announce during the meeting the hiring of a co-principal of students for grades 4K-12. However, the Board tabled the motion to approve hiring for the new position, which it approved at its December meeting, until a special meeting next Tuesday, Feb. 23.

Interviews with finalists for the  co-principal position, which will begin in the 2016-17 school year, were conducted Feb. 1 and 3. The interviews were scheduled around a snowstorm which hit the area Feb. 2.

The three finalists for the job are Hillsboro High School social studies teacher Bob Bothe, Hillsboro Middle School teacher Chris Koopman and Tom Fischer, principal at Kewauskum Elementary School in eastern Wisconsin, near West Bend.

Superintendent Curt Bisarek said during the Board’s January meeting that the district received 71 applications for the opening.

The Board also tabled the hiring of an Elementary School special education teacher for the 2016-17 school year, after approving a transfer request of a special education teacher for the next school year.

In other personnel moves, the Board accepted the resignation of Mike Burch as softball coach, then approved the hiring of his replacement, as well as an assistant softball coach. Burch is also editor and publisher of the Hillsboro Outlook.

The Board also approved the retirement of high school science teacher Kirby Wong, effective at the end of June.

Wong’s is the second retirement in the last three months. Special education teacher Mark Kocyan will also retire at the end of the current school year.

Previously, middle/high school principal Greg Zimmerman announced his retirement at the end of this school year.

In addition, the Board approved a part-time elementary music teacher position for the second semester of the 2015-16 school year, which is currently in progress.

Other business

In other business, the Board  approved two student trips–an overnight trip for Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) members to the state leadership conference in La Crosse April 11-12 and a senior class trip to Chicago May 13-14.

The Board also approved the final version of the calendar for the 2016-17 school year. Bisarek had presented a rough draft of the calendar during the  Board’s January meeting.

Additionally, the Board approved a revision to a district policy for full-time public school open enrollment, and a new contract with Cooperative Educational Service Agency (CESA) 5 for the 2016-17 school year.