A tour of the concession/restroom and weight room/wrestling buildings was the highlight of Wednesday’s Hillsboro City Schools Board of Education meeting.
The concession/restroom facility is located near the entrance to the track/soccer complex. It’s currently a 2,105 square feet building. Future plans call for a 12,855 square feet field house to be added to it, but school officials have indicated it will be a good while before the addition becomes a reality.
The weight room/wrestling building is a 13,500 square feet facility that will also house lockerrooms, showers and coaches offices. It’s located off a back corner of the middle school.
A year ago school officials said they hoped to have both buildings opened by the beginning of the upcoming school year, but they said Wednesday that the hope now is to have both buildings ready for use by the end of October.
Both buildings are expected to be under roof by next week.
Construction on the weight room/wrestling building has closed the road that runs behind the high school/middle school. The road behind the elementary school is also currently closed for repairs. Paving on both roads is expected to begin in early August.
“I’ve told (the paving company) the key thing is getting buses in and out by the time school starts,” superintendent Jim Smith told the board. “It’s an absolute necessity. There’s no other way to get the kids in and out.”
The first day of classes is Aug. 15.
In other news from the board meeting:
• The board approved 2 percent raises for the Hillsboro Education Association (teachers), the exempt classified salary schedule, and the administrative/supervisor salary schedule for the 2016-17 school year. The raises are in addition to 2 percent raises the teachers were already scheduled to receive for the coming school year, but the new agreement also extends the existing contract for one year through June 30, 2019. Smith said staff members with the Ohio Association of Public School Employees have not agreed to the new contract yet.
• The board approved a contract with the city of Hillsboro to provide the district with a school resource officer. Smith said the agreement will cost the school about $30,000, with the possibility of obtaining a “Cops” grant that could reduce that cost. Smith previously said the officer would be on-site during school hours and for other special duties. He said the officer will be armed like a regular Hillsboro police officer and will spend most of his time at the high school/middle school.
• The board accepted the resignation of treasurer Adam Zink, along with teachers Amy Attinger and Rebecca Whitehead-Swartz. Zink’s resignation is effective Aug. 15. He said he has accepted a position as an assistant treasurer with the Lakota School District. He has been with the Hillsboro City Schools for about 2.5 years.
“I want to thank the board for the opportunity they’ve given me. I’ll miss it here,” said Zink, a Hillsboro High School graduate.
• Smith said teachers will be in session Aug. 9, 10 and 11, with open houses on the latter date. He said times for the open houses will be staggered so parents with students at the elementary school and high school/middle school can get to both places.
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