District considers all-day preschool
Hillsboro may start all-day classes for 4-year-olds in the fall — if the right teacher can be found.
School board members at gave superintendent Max Heinrichs permission Monday to begin searching for a qualified early education teacher for all-day preschool for 4-year-olds.
This year the district offers two half-days per week for 3- and 4-year-olds. Next year, he wants to have 4-year-olds in all-day classes five days per week and 3-year-olds in half-day classes four days per week.
“Our goal is to increase kindergarten readiness,” Heinrichs said.
Board members also approved adding a third section of second grade for the 2018-2019 school year.
In other business, board members:
- Extended a lease with Grace Community Church so the church can continue meeting at Hillsboro Elementary School until its building is completed. The church will pay $400 per week as long as July 1 and will give the school district 10 days notice prior to their last date of use.
- Reviewed a draft version of the 2018-’19 school calendar.
- Set an hourly wage rate of $18.55 for an on-call mechanic.
- Approved leading a mailing system from 360 Document Solutions, which the district leases copiers from now.
- Approved two-year contract extensions for principals Evan Yoder and Clint Corby, assistant principal and activities director Robert Rempel, and TEEN director Lena Kleiner.
- Approved one-year contract extensions to technology director Brad Just and business manager Jerry Hinerman.
- Approved work agreements for lunchroom aide Cassidy Becker and preschool bus driver Kathy Sigel at $9 per hour.
- Approved supplemental contracts for Kalee Cross as assistant softball coach and Devin Metzinger as assistant track coach.
- Added the title of Food Service Director to Judy Penner, whose title is Hillsboro Elementary School Head Cook.
- Accepted a resignation from preschool bus driver Sherlyn Hill.
- Reviewed potential summer repair and cleaning projects.