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4R board accepts 3 resignations

The Aurora 4R School Board accepted three letters of resignation Monday from elementary art teacher Shari Miller, who is retiring after 16 years with the district; Carrie Hanson, eighth grade science teacher, eighth grade volleyball coach and high school girls soccer assistant; and Chelsey Greene, high school and middle school Family and Consumer Sciences teacher, FCCLA advisor, high school quiz bowl sponsor, and eighth grade volleyball coach. All three resignations are effective at the end of the 2017-18 school year.

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Mar

Population totals follow up/down trend over time

Of all the numbers and statistics included in a recent economic and demographic trends report, head count is perhaps one of the most noticed.
Population signs are posted at the edge of nearly every community, announcing how many people live there at a given moment in time. What those signs don’t reflect (assuming they are current) is how the number has changed over time and what’s happening behind the scenes locally to make the population total rise or fall.
A look at the head count in Hamilton County over the past 45 years shows it’s been an up and down pattern, with the latest totals from 2010 to 2015 on a slightly upward path.

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Aurora’s EMS study continues

The solution for county emergency services care continued to evolve as the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) committee met for the second time to start checking off a list of questions concerning an fire-based system in Aurora.
According to Mayor Dave Long, one of the first things on the committee’s agenda was to ask another county that uses a similar system the pros and cons of what they do on a day to day basis. York County was able to provide information on their experience handling the county emergency needs through the city.

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Mar

County sells property to Giltner Fire and Rescue

The board of commissioners held an auction for the county-owned property located on the corner of Amherst Street and N. Railroad Street in Giltner Monday in the commissioner’s  room. Giltner Fire and Rescue was the only bidder and purchased the property for $1,000. The Giltner fire department has plans to acquire and adjacent lot and build a new fire barn on the property.

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Concern about school safety a topic at Giltner School Board meeting

Concerns about student and faculty safety during the school day led to changes in the school handbook at Giltner’s regular school board meeting Monday night.
Wendy Findley, a teacher at GPS, addressed the board with several concerns, one of which focused on backpacks and the safety of everyone at school.
Findley estimated that for nearly 15 years at Giltner, there’s been a rule that students do not bring backpacks into the classrooms.
“It’s just a safety thing for both space and what the kids are bringing in,” she said.

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Hampton water tower to be painted in 2019

Hampton village leaders voted Monday to approve a $44,850 bid to paint the inside of the water tower, though the project will be pushed back a year to 2019.
The board heard a report from Maquire Iron last month, learning that the structure is in good shape but needs painting on the inside. Due to the size of the project, the board decided to accept the option of paying the tab over two budget years, so by delaying the work until next year it can be budgeted for 2019-20.

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Hampton school awards bids for exterior work

The Hampton School Board approved bids Monday in the final phase of its school construction project involving landscaping and resurfacing the back parking lot and roadway.
Supt. Holly Herzberg reported that the “punch list” of finish work is nearly complete now, with just a few details remaining inside the facility in addition to the two exterior projects approved Monday.

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07
Mar

High Plains looking at new grade configuration

High Plains Community Schools has been looking into a possible new grade configuration after a committee was formed to discuss the positives and negatives of a potential change.
Currently the school is set up to have Pre-K through third grades and sixth through eighth grades in Clarks and fourth and fifth grades as well as the high school in Polk. Supt. Brian Tonniges explained how the current setup creates a lot of movement between the sites for each student.

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07
Mar

Three running to become new Aurora mayor

The previous Aurora mayor, a former city councilman and a local business owner have filed as candidates for the Aurora mayor’s position, which means all three will now face off in a May 15 primary to decide the two finalists for the November general election.
The three city council members up for re-election -- Paul Lackore, Dick Phillips and Dan Bartling -- are all unopposed.

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07
Mar

Two county board seats to be contested

The deadline for candidate filing has passed and there will be primary races for county commissioner in District 1, currently held by Becky Richter, and the District 5 seat, currently held by Tim Bergen.
Rich Kinsey will run against Richter while Roger Nunnenkamp and Ivan Hongsermeier are challenging Bergen. Both races will be decided in the May primary since all five candidates filed as Republicans.

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