A 2016-17 school calendar that has classes starting a week later than in recent years was approved and fifth grade student council members reported on some of their activities at Wednesday’s Hillsboro City Schools Board of Education meeting.
The first day of classes for students next year is Aug. 15 and the last day will be May 18. Last year school started on Aug. 10 for students.
“It will make it a little easier for our staff for in-service days before the school years starts,” Smith said in November of the change.
Students will be off Nov. 24-25 for Thanksgiving break, Dec. 21 to Jan. 4 for Winter Break, and just one day, Monday, April 17 for Spring Break. However, the students will also be off Friday, April 14 for parent/teacher conferences.
Five officers from the fifth grade student council gave a presentation to the board, telling how they collect money for several charitable organizations, make morning announcements at the school, and recently started publishing a handout called Tribe Time.
The publication is delivered to fourth and fifth grade students only. The most recent edition has four pages that includes a cover plus stories authored by several different students, pictures, trivial facts, a recipe and more.
One of the advisers that attended the meeting, along with other student council representatives, said the council members voluntarily give up their lunch time three to four times a week, plus recess time three to four times a week, to organize everything they want to do.
Tim Davis, the principal for grades 4-5, said he was at a school board meeting a couple months ago when he heard a presentation about some of the things the high school student council was doing. He said that convinced him to go back to the fifth grade council and ask them, “This is your school, what things are you interested in?”
“Each year I think the council gets better and better. They want to do things,” Davis said. “It’s more of a student-led thing than teacher-driven.”
In a separate matter, the board approved a school-sponsored coed indoor high school track and field team to team compete from Feb. 17 to March 7, although members of the team have already been competing in indoor meets. Superintendent Jim Smith said the school does not have to transport the team members and that any instruction they receive comes from the spring track coaches.
“It enables them to run under the Hillsboro logo, so to speak,” Smith said. “It really strengthens our outdoor track team.”
In other news from the meeting:
• Smith said bid openings for the new concession/restroom and weightroom/wrestling facilities the school plans to build is set for Feb. 24. He said about 10 contractors and 40 people overall showed up for a prebid meeting.
• Smith said the district has had six snow days so far, compared to 12 this time a year ago.
• Board president Terry Britton noted that board member Beverly Rhoads has been recognized for receiving her ninth Ohio School Board Association Award of Achievement. She will be honored March 8 at Scarlet Oaks, where the Hillsboro board will also receive “gold level” recognition for effective school boards. Britton said Rhoads did all the footwork so the entire board could be recognized.
• The following supplemental contracts were approved: Anthony Amore, head girls track and field; Gary Breeden, assistant softball; Robert Brown Jr., high school musical co-director; Holly Fouch, assistant girls track and field; Matt Garman, assistant baseball; Tim Hunt, head baseball; Bud Marsh, head boys track and field; Rodger Marsh, middle school boys track and field; Darci Miles, middle school girls track and field; Ryker Miller, assistant baseball; Katie Moberly, head softball; Melanie Pitzer, yearbook adviser, freshman, sophomore and junior class adviser, and student council adviser; Jeremy Ratcliff, assistant softball; Duston Richards, assistant baseball; Justin Smolewski, middle school boys track and field; Rob Snavely, assistant boys track and field; and Larue Turner, head boys tennis.
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