HOUSTON — The Hardin-Houston Local School District and surrounding community are enjoying the sixth full year in the K12 facility.
“Since 2011, we have continued to develop academic programing designed to enhance our student learning at all grade levels,” said Superintendent Larry Claypool. “Over this last 2016 school year we are pleased with our student’s academic growth and will look forward to improving on the district’s annual Report Card next fall.”
His report continues:
Along with excellent K-12 academic instruction, FCCLA, FFA, and multiple athletic team opportunities, the district continues to provide a well-rounded environment for all students to succeed in whatever areas they select. This fall’s Spelling Bee’s winners were champion Bryce Sauvie, sixth-grade, and runners up Grace Koenig, sixth-grade, and Madelyn Wills, eighth-grade. For the second year in a row, Gustav Gothberg won the Geography Bee and Collin Walker was awarded second place honors. The District continues to celebrate “All A’s Night” for those students in grades 3 through 6 who receive all A’s for the first semester of the school year and are introduced and honored at one of the final home varsity boys basketball games of the season.
Fiscally speaking, the district remains financially stable with a healthy carryover due to being proactive in its financial planning. Adjustments have been made to both staff and purchases, and we continue to evaluate our financial position throughout the school year. We are pleased that Hardin-Houston has maintained a positive student open enrollment for the last six years and our $7,991.00 cost to educate one student ranks among the lowest public schools in the state. Our staff, administrative team, and Board Of Education, wish to thank every parent and student for making Hardin-Houston their school of choice.
Regarding building and grounds, the District completed two major projects over the summer. After 37 years of faithful service to our fans and finally in need of repair, the old original wooden bleachers in the competition gymnasium were finally replaced with the installation of new, solid wood beautifully stained bleachers. The second project also complimented the new bleachers in the competition gym with a coat of fresh, new paint, some upgraded lighting, new wall mats with our Wildcat logo and new duo of score boards at each end of the court.
Hardin-Houston has had several exceptional performances by its athletic teams and individuals. The softball team continued to excel capturing another SCAL championship as well as becoming the district champions and regional runner-ups. As an individual, Macy Stang was recognized for her extraordinary play by being named First Team All-State. In baseball, Howie Ludwig’s performance earned him a Second Team SCAL. The track team had several members qualify for the regional competition. These individuals consisted of Caitlyn Falls, Shelby Ayers, Zack Mckee, Derreck Mayse, Troy Riley, Parker Cox, Tristin Stangel and Ethan Knouff. This past fall there were several noteworthy athletic performances as well. The cross-country team had a very respectable season, winning two invitational meets and placing second or third in several others. There were six members of the boys and girls teams acknowledged by the SCAL. Ethan Knouff, Parker Cox, Morgan Ely, and Allie Voisard were Second Team SCAL. Qualifying First Team SCAL were Tristin Freistuhler and Hollie Voisard. The boys’ team also qualified to run in the regional meet and finished ninth. Finally, Alyssa Kemp had a remarkable performance in volleyball play. She broke the school’s serving percentage ending up with an incredible 99 percent serving percentage.
In closing, Hardin-Houston is truly thankful for the support of our local community members, parents, and booster groups. To succeed, it takes all of us!