On a night when some of its top kindergarten students were honored, Hillsboro City Schools Superintendent Jim Smith told the board of education that one of the school district’s pods has received an All A Award.
The award came from the Ohio State Board of Education and recognized the Hillsboro Early Childhood Center, which serves grades K-1, for receiving A’s on every aspect of school performance measured on Ohio’s State Report Cards.
“As one of the first winners of this award, you are part of an elite group of schools that are demonstrating high-quality teaching and leadership that result in high academic performance for every type of student,” a letter from the State Board of Education, addressed to Early Childhood Center Principal Pamela Hollon, said.
“Members of the state board greatly appreciate your leadership and the conscientious work of your teaching and support staff to bring about this great success. Please convey our thanks to your staff and parents for believing that every child can succeed and committing to make sure that every child does.
“Your school is a wonderful example for all Ohio schools.”
Smith said the award is the first for any of the school district’s pods.
Hollon recognized kindergarten students that were nominated by their teachers as excellent students for the entire 2015-16 school year.
“These students have demonstrated good citizenship, excellent work habits, cooperation with teachers and students, as well as putting their best effort forward daily. These students are some of our best and brightest,” Hollon said.
The students honored were: Noah Howard, Summer Rankin, Max McGinnis, Ann Boyd, Peyton Gobin, Easton Inman, Riley Clemons, Gaige Greer, Logan Overman, Alainna Mikkelsen, Nia Gibston, Ella Jordan, Mason Watson, Elana Kelley, Mason Ewing, Kelsey Hickman, Grace Palmer, Maverick Adams, Connor Yochum, Riley Ison, Douglas Thackston and Trenton Gulley.
Woodworking technology teacher Steve Holland recognized senior Jacob Schlater for the reproduction 1800s Pennsylvania spice cabinet Schlater made. Holland said it took Schlater about 300 hours to make the cabinet, which has hand-cut dovetails on all the drawers, four hidden drawers, and other special features.
Holland said Hillsboro is fortunate to have a woodworking class because a lot of schools do not. He also said Schlater plans to attend the University of Cincinnati to study industrial design.
During the public participation part of the meeting, Hillsboro graduate and current teacher Nathan Horne asked the board to consider him for the head football coaching job that was left open by Matt Hodge’s recent resignation after three years as coach.
Horne said Hillsboro is the place he calls home, where he grew up, where his daughters will grow up, and where he and his wife work. He noted that his father, Jim Horne, was Hillsboro head football coach for many years.
In 15 seasons as Hillsboro’s head football coach, Jim Horne compiled a 100-54 record.
“I came back to Hillsboro out of college to contribute to my community so that it could continue to be the great place it was when I was a child,” Nathan Horne said. “I know the community and now I am coaching the young men of people I played with in high school. I am someone you can count on to always be here and to do the right things. I will represent our school and town to the fullest of my ability. I am asking for the opportunity to lead our young athletes on the football field.”
Nathan Horne has been an assistant varsity football coach at Hillsboro for four years and a junior high coach since 2011. He also was a varsity assistant football coach at Fayetteville for one year and the Hillsboro head wrestling coach for nine years.
The board did not respond to Horne’s comments or take any other action on the head football coach position.
In other news from the board meeting:
• Smith said crews started laying brick Wednesday at the restroom/concession building that will be located near the entrance to the track and soccer complex. The hope is to have it completed before the next school year starts.
• The board approved keeping lunch prices the same for next year – $2.25 for a student elementary lunch, $2.50 for a middle school/high school student lunch, 40 cents for reduced-price lunches, and $3 for an adult lunch.
• The board approved the following resignations: Matt Hodge, head football coach; Carmen Newman, bus driver; Justin Smolewski, middle school health and physical education teacher; Constance Walker, Title I teacher; and Jarrod Weiss, high school social studies teacher, communication coordinator and high school lights and sounds coordinator; all effective at the end of the current school year.
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