Hardin-Houston goes back to school Aug. 19

By Alexandra Newman - [email protected]







HOUSTON – The first day of school for Hardin-Houston Local School is Aug. 19 for K-12 students and Pre-school begins Aug. 24.

This year they will be welcoming several new teachers. Jill Bornhorst will be teaching art for grades seven through 12. She went to Bluffton University and this is her first year teaching. She will also be the yearbook and drama advisor.

Abby Frilling will be teaching consumer science for grades seven through 12. She graduated from Ball State University and has been teaching for five years.

Mark Platfoot will be teaching seventh- and eighth-grade social studies and 9th grade English. He went to college at Ohio State University and University of Findlay. He has been teaching for five years.

In the elementary, Lauren Tuente will be teaching first grade science and social studies. She graduated from Wright State University with a Bachelor of Science in Education and received a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with an Emphasis in Reading in 2012. She has been teaching for three years

Kara Charles will be teaching in the ELA resource room and math resource room to grades four through six. She attended Wright State University and has been teaching for five years. In her free time she enjoys skiing and water sports.

Hardin-Houston’s Technology Director Matthew Stephens installed a new virtual server system for the technology department and staff/student school use. He also purchased 70 new computers over the summer for upcoming testing to follow the five year technology rotation plan.

Over the summer, the district completed a new $225,000 HVAC system for the competition gymnasium and resurfaced and repainted the 240,000 square foot parking lots and driveway areas.

The school has a new program called Return To Intervention (RTI) this year. It’s a district-wide program to identify and work with lower achieving students.

The lunch prices are as follows:

K-6: $2

7-12: $2.15

Breakfast: $1.25

Reduced: 40 cents

Staff: $2.50

The approximate enrollment this year is 900, which is about the same as last year.

Class fees for the year are $65 for K-6 and fees for grades 7-12 depend on the student’s schedule.

Students may pick up their class schedules on Aug. 17 from 5 to 7 p.m.






By Alexandra Newman

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