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Reorganization changes little on Hillsboro School Board
Board will experiment with new meeting time, but all else remains unchanged
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There were no surprises at Monday night’s School Board reorganizational meeting. In fact, there wasn’t even a change in the election of officers for the Board.

President Jenny Hynek, Vice President Bob Stekel, Clerk Jan Levy, and Treasurer Carl Baller were all re-elected to their positions.

Monthly School Board meetings will continue to be held on the second Monday of every month. However, starting time will be changed to 8:15 p.m. during a summer trial, due to a change in working hours for Stekel.

Other familiar decisions were the unanimous retention of Farmers State Bank as the Official Depository Institution and the Hillsboro Sentry-Enterprise as the Official Newspaper.

Board members also unanimously approved appointments to various Committees.

In official action, following discussion, the Board approved:

•  A collective bargaining agreement with the Hillsboro Education Association for 2014-15, consisting of a total base wage increase of 1.46% for the teaching staff.

• The renewal of WEA Trust health and dental insurance for 2014-15.

• A contract with Johnson and Block to perform the financial audit.

• Hiring Jessica Brown as a first grade teacher.

• Hiring  Jon-Paul Da Prato as a third grade teacher.

• Hiring Jenny Barreau as a technology integration specialist.

• Membership in the WIAA for 2014-15.

• Revision of language to align Board Policy 534 “Substitute Teachers” with employee handbook. Pay stays at $90 per day.

• Revision of teacher salary scale with the removal of Step 0. Step 1 is now the first step for 1st year teachers.

• CESA 7 Contract Agreement (Curriculum Companion).

•  The trade-in of two vehicles and the purchase of two vehicles, one for special education, the other for district use.

A discussion on the possible resurfacing of the high school parking lot areas and maintenance drive was held without any action taken.

In  the Administrative Reports section of the meeting, High School Principal Greg Zimmerman congratulated all the students who performed at the State Solo and Ensemble at the University of Wisconsain-LaCrosse on Saturday, May 3.

Upcoming High School Events include Fine Arts Night, May 19; senior class trip, May 21; graduation ceremony, May 23; sectional track meet at Boscobel, May 30; last day of school, June 4; School Play, June 6 and 7.

Elementary School Principal Cara Wood reported that the 4th Grade Heritage Fair  was held on May 2. Winners Makenzie Krajco and Malia Liska traveled to Warrens on May 6.

Grade 3 reptile presentations will be on Friday, May 16, 8:30 to 9:45 a.m.

Positive behavior intervention and support teachers training will also be held on May 16.

The annual 4th Grade Recorder Concert will be presented on Tuesday, May 20 at 5:30 p.m.

The Tiger Pride School Dance will be June 4 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The last day of school will be June 4, a full school day.

School District Superintendent Curt Bisarek reported that WECAN has been very beneficial in getting quality teaching applicants.

There were 87 first grade applications, 91 third grade applications,  five Tech Integration Specialist applicants, 30 4-K applications to date, eight business education appointments. with interviews on May 15.

There will be a board member retreat on Wednesday, June 22, for the purpose of learning about the referendum process.