Farm learning idea gaining ground

Staff writer

Members of the USD 410 staff explained Tuesday they would like to begin school-to-farm learning at Hillsboro Elementary School sooner rather than later.

Principal Evan Yoder explained how the process and finished product might look. The elementary school also will collaborate with Tabor College.

“I know we can do all kinds of amazing things,” Yoder said.

Yoder and USD 410 Superintendent Steve Noble both expressed a desire for help constructing a greenhouse and some sort of barn or shed.

In addition, the district wants to obtain a small number of livestock animals, areas to wash eggs and hands, and an area to hold medicine for the livestock.

Animals mentioned for the project included chickens, goats, sheep, and calves. Mayor Delores Dalke said the council would review some of the city’s ordinances pertaining to livestock at the next meeting.

“We want it done right,” Noble said. “There is a high level of interest from our parent community.”

In other news:

  • The council will hold a public meeting in conjunction with the school board at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 9 to discuss how to get more students into the district, after losing more than 50 since last year. The meeting will be held in the elementary auditorium, but location is subject to change.
  • The council scheduled a budget hearing for 4 p.m. Dec. 17.

 

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