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USD 431 and HRC hold annual joint meeting
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HOISINGTON — USD 431 School Board and the Hoisington Recreation Commission held the annual joint meeting on Monday night.

The HRC will be taking over the Hoisington Summer Recreation Program this upcoming summer. It has been held at the Hoisington Scout House, but will be moved to Hoisington Activity Center, 1200 Susank Rd.

Lunches will continued to be served at Lincoln School.

The HRC reported over 425 people took bus trips in 2010. There were over 460 people participating in youth programs. In sports events, including swimming, 720 children and 197 adults participated.

Four trees were planted at the RV Park and the numbers of users has increased. In addition, the HAC board has started replacing the Wellness Center Equipment so that the cost can be spread out over several years.

"We appreciate support of the school board," Lee Van Scyoc, chairmen of the HAC board.

After the joint meeting was adjourned, the board held its regular meeting.

The board is opening up the position of high school activities director and head football coach for application immediately for the upcoming school year.

In other business, Matt Koelsch, teacher, was present to provide information for consideration regarding a New York/Washington D.C. student trip for juniors and seniors next year. The students would raise all the money, with no expense to the school. The students would travel by bus.

A commitment of 30 students would be needed. Members of the board asked if there will be eligibility requirements which the school will consider.

The district will receive a grant from FEMA to improve a room at Lincoln School to a Safe Room. The district will match at 25 percent of the cost. It is the only school in the district without a Safe Room, and students must currently go to the basement of the building. Superintendent Bill Lowry estimated the cost to the school to be approximately $300.

Lowry will republish the school budget. Expenses are greater than anticipated in food service, vocational education and at-risk. He does anticipate ending the school year with some money leftover.

He also said that he anticipates another cut in base aid from the legislature. Currently, base aid is set at $4012.

The board will hold a budget hearing on March 7.

In final business:

•The district received two awards from the Hoisington Chamber of Commerce at its annual banquet.

•The board will hire Dan Schmidt as assistant track coach for the 2010-11 school year.