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Hillsboro school building renovations in progress
Superintendent updates School Board on projects
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Summer time means vacations and days filled with fun for school students, but definitely not for the many people working on the multiple projects that are transforming ands updating the buildings.

Hillsboro School Superintendent Curt Bisarek gave the School Board an updated account at Monday night’s meeting on all the work that’s being done during the summer break.

•  The new sign foundation has been poured and installation was scheduled for Tuesday, July 15.

• The hillside excavation on the south entrance is scheduled to begin this week.

• Elementary School building roofing, electrical, and HVAC projects are progressing.

• The new entry doors will be installed in a couple of weeks.

•  The High School office demolition is complete and electrical/HVAC are awaiting completion of drywall. New windows and doors will be installed in the next two weeks. Epoxy flooring is scheduled for the week of Aug. 4.

The Superintendent also expressed his appreciation to Randy Darcy and the custodial staff that has been working around the projects, and is on schedule.

Elementary School Principal Cara Wood reported to the Board on a successful June session of summer school. The next session of summer school for Grades K-5 will begin Aug. 5. Students can still sign up to attend.

There will be a Back-to-School Open House Aug. 28 from 4-5:30 p.m. Parents and students can visit their classrooms, meet their teachers, and drop off school supplies.

Due to construction at the Elementary School, classroom assignments for the upcoming school year will be posted by the Junior High entrance in August.

Anyone with questions about enrolling at Hillsboro Elementary School can call the office at 489-2224 or e-mail

During the discussion/action portion of the meeting, Bisarek told the Board of the resignations of Paula Parker as Musical Play Director, and Nancy Stanek as Title 1 Reading Aide.

Slight increases in the costs of student meals were approved.  Prairie Farms was awarded the bid for supplying milk, Sara Lee was awarded the bread bid, and Sysco Systems was awarded the food vendor bid.

High School Principal Greg Zimmerman led a discussion on revisions in the student handbook.

After a discussion on the plans for a Chromebook initiative in which class textbooks will be replaced by laptop computers for every student, the Board voted to withhold final decisions until after the school referendum in November.

After a closed session, the Board returned to open session and approved contracts for Randy Darcy, Carolyn Kannenberg, Daniel Thompson, Linda Bisarek, and Jim Moe with 1.46% increases for 2014-2015.

In addition, the Board hired first grade teacher Jessica Brown as the Junior High volleyball coach.