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Hillsboro school board reinstates full school year

Gain Share funds help fund first full year in five years


Buckle down and study. A full school year lies ahead.

Hillsboro School District Board members voted unanimously Tuesday evening to approve a new version of the 2014-15 school year calendar that eliminates the sole remaining budget reduction day and allows for a full school year. The district had already planned to use its anticipated $1.2 million in Gain Share funds, along with a portion of additional State School Fund dollars, to restore four instructional days to the 2014-15 school year. In mid-summer, however, school district officials received word that the district would receive an additional $728,000 in Gain Share funds due to a higher-than-expected distribution to the city of Hillsboro and Washington County.

At their Aug. 14 meeting, board members indicated their intention to use approximately $466,000 of the additional funds to restore the final budget reduction day to the calendar, and to use the remaining $262,000 to address staffing needs. Thursday, June 11, 2015, will be the last full day of school for all students and will be the last day for AM/PM kindergartners; Friday, June 12, 2015, will be the last day for students in full-day kindergarten through grade 11; and students will be released early. Parents should note that if it is necessary to make up inclement weather days, these may be added to the calendar the week of June 15, 2015.

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