Published On: Wed, Mar 23rd, 2011

Endres is hired as new Vo-ag instructor

HARTINGTON — A new Vocational Ag/ Industrial Tech instructor has been hired for Hartington Public School.
Hartington School Board members gave their approval on hiring Amber Endres.

Endres is currently the Vocational Ag/Industrial Tech teacher at the Wausa and Bloomfield schools.
“She has trade and industry experience, as well as welding experience. Interviews were conducted and I feel confident with this  applicant,” Supt. Randy Anderson told board members. “Of course, there will be some changes.”
Endres will replace Fritz Steinhoff, who is finishing his 13th year at Hartington Public School.
In December, Steinhoff notified board members the 2010-11 school year would be his last year at the Hartington School as he plans to retire.
In other action Monday, the Booster Club has made a gift of an enclosed trailer to Hartington Public.
The trailer can be used to haul band instruments, football equipment and other items through the year.
Booster Club President Tina Derickson presented the title for the trailer to the board Monday.

An architect and engineers will be at the school to meet with Anderson and members of the Building and Grounds Committee this week to go over the master plan for the interior renovation for the school.
Anderson said the architect had told him the project would not start until June.
“I told him that was unacceptable – it has to start May 20 and be finished in August when it should be,” Anderson said. “We have paid a little over $30,000 up front with this project. I will be talking to the architect tomorrow – I want to know what we will be expected to pay beyond that amount.”
The renovation project includes making improvements in the bathrooms, along with a classroom rotation which will include the art room, band room and the weight room.
Principal Russell Flamig told board members some work has been done on the one-way gravel road that runs south between the two Hartington Schools and enters 882 Road.
“The road had been closed because of mud – it is opened again,” Flamig said. “A load of gravel was put on it and it looks good now.”
Anderson told board members he has no idea where the Legislation  process might be headed as far as schools are concerned.

“It is a wait and see effort for us,” Anderson said. “We do not know the growth limitations that will be placed on the schools or the amount of state aid we will receive.”
Anderson has attended meetings with other area superintendents and he will be going to the Neb. Rural School Conference in Kearney. He is hoping to bring back more information.
Board members were given an estimate of $239,000 for the annual contract with Educational Service Unit 1 for the 2011-12 school year.
According to Anderson a lot of effort was made to keep the amount down.
“I am hoping we will go less than that amount,” Anderson said.

In a letter addressed to the president of the Hartington School Board, the Hartington Education Association asked to be recognized as a bargaining agent.
Board members went into closed session at 6:35 p.m. to discuss staffing considerations for the 2011-12 school year.
Board members came out of the closed session at 7:15 p.m. and approved the staff contracts at the recommendation of Supt. Anderson.
The next school board meeting which would normally be on April 18, has been moved to April 12 at 6 p.m.