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Curt Bisarek Superintendent School District of Hillsboro

Hillsboro Gives it Up for Education

An ambitious board doubles down and creates two education funds.


hen Curt Bisarek became superintendent of Hillsboro Schools, one of his first goals was to start up the education funds he had seen earlier in his career as a teacher in Iowa-

Grant. Little did he realize how responsive the Hillsboro community, population 1,400, would be to his suggestion. In less than a year, the new advisory board raised nearly $70,000, more than twice as much as they needed to begin both an Excellence in Education fund and a scholarship fund.

“When we set the original goal of pursuing both funds, I thought it was quite ambitious,” said Bisarek. “But the Advisory Board was very matter of fact in saying that it would be reached.”

In the spring of 2012, advisory board members began fanning out into the community seeking charter donors at the $1,000 level. By December 31, 2012, they had 67 charter donors. Only one of the charter donations was greater than $1,000.

“It’s a great testament to their commitment to making it work and to putting in the time and energy to reaching the goal that was set,” said Bisarek.

The first awards were made in the spring of 2013. Teacher Tom Schraufnagel received the first Excellence in Education award for technology education. Scholarships totaling $4,500 were given to seven members of the Class of 2013.

“In our small, rural community,” says Bisarek, “the more opportunities we have to get people to recognize what a great place we are, the better it is for all.”

2013 Hillsboro Scholarship recipients: Spencer Treu, Chris Sake, Kelsey Taylor, Jake Stockwell, and Zachary Griffin. Not pictured: Connor Brown and Hilary Stanek.

Hillsboro Charter Donors Excellence in Education


Natalie and Evan Adams Eric and Gina Auel Daniel E. Benish Dennis Carlson Randall and Charlene Darcy Connie Dorow Richard and Janice Endicott Virginia M. Evans Farmers State Bank Patrick Glynn Daniel and Shirley Green Mike and Kelly Gustafson Class of 1972 Hillsboro Hillsboro Equipment, Inc Hillsboro Lions Club School District of Hillsboro GFWC Hillsboro Woman's Civic Club

Mindy J. Lankey METCO Midwest Electro-Tech Wayne E Myhre DDS LLC Michael and Carol Novosel Rachel Jane Hart Novy Elizabeth J. Peterson Bob and Barb Potter Dan Ravenscroft Royal Bank Ellen R. Shear Sleepy Hollow Chevrolet Dodge Ford

Joseph and Karen Stanek Traeder Enterprises, Inc Kim Verbsky Jay and Carol Klema Wolfenden Cara E. Wood Greg Zimmerman

Curt Bisarek Jeff and Barb Clark Kevin G. Clark James and Kathy Jo Coblentz Francis and Joyce Denman Mike and Kelly Gustafson Hillsboro Cement Products, Inc Don and Jeanne Hora Robert and Velma Hora Gary L. Housner Mr and Mrs Gregory Jefferies James and Carol Jefferies Jirsch, Inc Rick Liska and Kimberly Darcy Liska

M & S Farm Equipment, LLC Mitchell and Kristie McCoic Douglas and Vicky Novy Peterson Pharmacy Andy and Rhonda Peterson Alan and Nancy Picha David and Nancy Prechel John and Dana Rick Rozanne's Trucking & Excavating Larry and Sue Sebranek Wayne and Dorothea Stahlkopf Charles and Kay Stanek Paul and Caroline Stekel Robert and Jill Stekel James and Patti Taylor Marshall F. Taylor David and Karen Theis Jean A. Traeder Joe and Teresa Verbsky Shawn and Susan Wallace Peter and Mary Wyland

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