After a long closed session during their Tuesday, June 8 meeting, members of the Hillsboro School Board returned to open session to return most coaches and sponsors to their jobs–but not all.
In spite of a recommendation from Superintendent David Powell to the contrary, the board voted 4-3 to dismiss high school boys basketball coach Joe Vanzo. Board members Bryce Rupert, John Lentz, Dan Tester and Kassie Greenwood voted in favor of the dismissal; board members Barbara Adams, Matt Lentz and Nathan Kirby voted against.
The board unanimously tabled a decision to rehire high school assistant football coaches Evan Malloy, Jeremy Connor and Corbin Govaia while the head coach position remains vacant, and unanimously tabled a decision to rehire high school assistant volleyball coach Beth Cady and junior high assistant volleyball coach Jessica Furness until a special meeting set for 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 15. Also tabled until that meeting was a decision on “compensation of specific employees and groups.”
All remaining coaches and sponsors were unanimously rehired, and all volunteer coaches were re-approved with board president Matt Lentz–a volunteer soccer coach–abstaining.
Additionally at the end of the meeting, board members accepted a letter of intent to retire at the end of the 2024-25 school year from high school teacher Laura Rench, hired Karla Kloss as special education teacher, hired Lisa Walden as part-time food service clerical assistant, and approved a new three-year contract with custodians represented by Local 1084. The contract calls for raises of four percent in the first year, and two-and-a-half percent in years three and four, and drops the cap of accrued comp time to 40 hours.
"We are underway," district maintenance supervisor Fred Butler said of summer construction projects. "Beckemeyer got ripped to pieces the day after school," he added about asbestos tile abatement projects going on over the summer. There are also roofing projects underway, and as well as virtual learning project at the high school.
Summer school started this week, district curriculum director Hope McBrain reported. About 220 students are attending.
"From the teachers I spoke to, it was positive feedback," McBrain said. "They're working with smaller class sizes, and I think they're enjoying that. All in all, a great start to summer school," she added in praise of all involved, including staff, transportation and food service.
At the recommendation of district food service director Kristin Gregory, the board accepted a fluctuating bid from Stark Distributing for dairy products for next school year, and a bid from Aunt Millie's for bakery products.
The board approved a commercial insurance renewal with an increase of $2 million blanket coverage due to increased replacement values.
During a special budget hearing, the board amended the current fiscal year's budget to account for revenue and expenses from federal pandemic grants, and capitol improvement projects over the summer.
Near the beginning of the meeting, the superintendent introduced teacher Beth Harnetiaux, who is the new president of the HUEA teachers' union.