Facility upgrades


Hillsboro board discusses athletic improvements

By Jeff Gilliland - [email protected]



Recently added signage has been placed atop the scoreboard at the Hillsboro City Schools’ new track/soccer complex.


Re-establishing the Hillsboro High School Athletic Hall of Fame and ongoing improvements to athletic facilities were discussed at Monday’s Hillsboro Board of Education meeting.

During committee reports, board member Jerry Walker said some people have asked him about the school’s hall of fame and a lack of recent additions.

“That’s a goal. We want to get that up and going again,” superintendent Jim Smith said.

Walker also mentioned, in a followup to a suggestion he made at last month’s meeting, that he hopes the district does not lose sight of finding a way to recognize the school’s former state athletic champions with some type of monument or sign at the new track and field and soccer complex.

“We’re looking at some options of how to do that,” Smith said.

Walker further said he’d like the school to come up with some type of electronic timing method for cross country and track events it hosts. He said it, “would lend an air of more efficiency,” to the events.

“We’ve looked at several options. They’re not cheap,” Smith said.

Smith noted during his report to the board that the school has put up new signage on the scoreboard at the track and field/soccer complex. He said signage should be installed on the press box at the facility soon, and also that a new sound system is being installed Richards Memorial Field on the school’s former campus where football games are played.

Smith further mentioned that the board unanimously picked a design for the exterior of its new weight room that will be located near the track/soccer complex, but did not offer further details. He said the design for the interior of the building is still up in the air.

Paving should begin around the high school stadium next week, Smith reported.

The school board hired two new assistant athletic directors, in addition to Jim Winner, who was hired as an assistant athletic director at a previous meeting. Smith said there are two assistant athletic director positions. One will be filled by Winner and the other split between two new teachers – Adam McGinnis and Matt Schneider.

“This is Dave Hilliard’s old position,” Smith said. “These are two new teachers to the district who will also be coaching. We didn’t want them doing athletic director duties when they were coaching, so that’s why we split them.”

The board also approved Holly Fouch and Justin Smolewski as middle school volleyball coaches, among an extensive list of list of other supplemental, sub certified, certificated, classified, sub classified, sub certificated, sub classified and volunteer positions.

In other news from the meeting:

• Board member Sam Barnhouse reported that every few years past school employees get together for a reunion. The most recent one was held July 11. Forty-two people attended and Barnhouse said many of them had not saw the new school or facilities. The attendees included past superintendents John Burton and Fred Slater. “It was good to see old faces again,” Barnhouse said.

• The board approved bids of $1,006 and $800 from James Adam Beverly for two old school buses it put out for bid. Treasuer Adam Zink said Beverly’s bids were the only ones the district received. He said the scrap value of the six-ton buses was $105 per ton.

• The board retired into executive at the end of the meeting to discuss the appointment, employment, dismissal, discipline, promotion, demotion or compensation of a public employee. Smith said no action would be taken after the session.

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Recently added signage has been placed atop the scoreboard at the Hillsboro City Schools’ new track/soccer complex.
http://timesgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_Hillsboro-sign-pic1.jpgRecently added signage has been placed atop the scoreboard at the Hillsboro City Schools’ new track/soccer complex.
Hillsboro board discusses athletic improvements

By Jeff Gilliland

[email protected]

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