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New district office has many advantages

Staff writer

On April 30, USD 410 district office staff, principals, and Board of Education members worked together to move the district office operation from the basement of Emprise Bank, 104 E. Grand Ave., Hillsboro, to 416 S. Date St., the former Midway Motors building.

“It’s a wonderful space,” Superintendent Steve Noble said of the new office.

The lack of stairs is particularly advantageous, he said. It makes it easier for patrons, especially senior citizens and disabled, to visit the office.

“I think we’re just so much more accessible,” Noble said.

The new facility also includes benefits related to transportation. The facility includes a bus barn and maintenance shop, which can fit all of the district’s buses in case of damaging weather.

With the previous office, Noble would seldom see bus drivers in the morning, but now he can see them every day if he is in the office early. That contributes to a closer sense of community, he said.

The location also has some benefits, both to the school and the community, Noble said. The office is in close proximity to the city’s tennis courts, which will be the site of 3A state tennis on Friday. Coaches will meet in the office’s conference room for their seeding meeting.

The district will also make its parking lots available during the Marion County Fair, which will take place at the fairgrounds across the street.

The new location even has enough storage space that the district won’t have to rent storage space much longer.

“When we first started talking about this — this more than meets my expectations,” Board of Education member Rod Koons said.

He was on the board when a bond issue for the football stadium and district office was approved by voters. At the time, he only expected office space. The bus barn and maintenance facilities are an added value, he said.

Koons said he was thankful for the assistance of Emprise Bank. Rent for the basement office was reasonable, and it met all of the district’s needs except accessibility and visibility.

“They were very good landlords,” Koons said.

The bank donated some furniture for the move to Date Street, Noble said.

The district will have an open house for the public 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. May 19.

Last modified May 12, 2011

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