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Personnel matters dominate Hillsboro School Board meeting
Three teachers resign, contracts for 44 returning teachers approved
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The Hillsboro School Board accepted the resignations of three  extracurricular teachers at its regular June meeting Monday night.

They are: Jon Paul DaPrato, assistant football coach; Jeremy Henning, instrumental/general music; and Chad Schmidt, track coach.

A short time later, the Board filled the instrumental/general music vacancy by hiring Elliott Rittenberry.

The Board also approved individual professional/non-supervisory contracts for 44 returning teachers, and the hiring of an elementary teacher for a possible additional first grade section for the 2015-16 school year.

The HESP agreement for 2014-2015 carries a 0% increase in base wages for support staff.

A market adjustment for the wages of secretaries (administrative assistants and pararofessionals) was approved to make them comparable to their  peers in neighboring districts.

The Board approved moving the support staff to the same Delta Dental insurance plan as teachers and administration.

The Board also approved the 2015-16 Middle/High School handbook, a policy outlining student Chromebook use, and open enrollment applications.

Bids presented by Food Service Director Carolyn Kannenberg were approved: Milk: Prairie Farms; Bread: Pan-O-Gold.

Sysco will be the district’s primary food vendor, and Reinhart will be the secondary vendor.

The Board also approved spending money to install automated logic controls in the middle/high school this summer as part of a unit ventilator project.

The family of Bunk and Josephine Hansbery donated land to the district. School Superintendent Curt Bisarek said the district plans to use it to develop a school orchard.

High School

High School Principal Greg Zimmerman reported that 30 students earned diplomas from the Class of 2015. One of those students is the 20th to earn a diploma through the GED02 program since the 2007-08 school year.

The summer school classroom portion of drivers’ education started May 30 and will conclude July 2.  Forty students are enrolled.

The strength and conditioning class began June 8 and will conclude on July 31. After the first week, approximately 50 students were attending regularly.

Paula Parker made a request to the board for a choir trip to Florida via motorcoach in June 2016. The trip will be paid by participating students, and through student fundraising.

Elementary School

Elementary School Principal Cara Wood reported that Camp Invention and Art Camp had a successful first week, including a field trip to the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art.

The June session of summer school started June 15 and runs through July 2.

The second season of summer school, open to students going into grades K-6,  begins Aug. 4.

Summer office hours are 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 7:30 a.m.-noon Friday. If nobody is at the Elementary office, please visit the High School office.

Parents new to the area and  planning to enroll students at the Elementary School should visit  the office or call 489-2224.

The Elementary School is hosting a summer book exchange. Children can bring a book to the Elementary office to exchange for another one.