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September 20, 2021

Resolution passed to use 2019-20 costs to calculate parent transportation contracts The School Board approved a resolution to base calculation for parent transportation contracts on 2019-20 numbers instead of 2020-21. Business Services Assistant Superintendent explained that state law requires school districts to transport resident students to private schools or issue a parent contract based on […]

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August 16, 2021

Masks “highly recommended” for start of school The Hamilton School District will start the 2021-22 school year strongly recommending that students and staff wear masks, but the School Board stopped short of making it mandatory at its Aug. 16 meeting. Attending the meeting with interest in the decision were about 100 people. Speaking out on […]

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June 21, 2021

School Board honors retiring Maple Avenue principal A packed crowd was on hand to bid retiring Maple Avenue Principal Kristin Koeper-Hamblin farewell. After 19 years as principal, Koeper-Hamblin announced her retirement. 2021-22 school year planning underway Barring a resurgence in COVID-19 cases, the Hamilton School District is planning for the 2021-22 school year to be […]

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June 1, 2021

Lannon enrollment requires another grade 1 teacher An additional classroom teacher to address projected grade 1 enrollment in the 2021-22 school year was approved for Lannon Elementary School. As of May 24, the school’s two grade 1 sections were at 27 with enrollment expected to increase. Funding for the position will come from the district’s […]

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May 17, 2021

Proposed budget has lowest mill rate in district history If the assumptions made in building the 2021-22 Hamilton School District budget are accurate, taxpayers will see the lowest mill rate in the nearly 60-year history of the district. The Hamilton School Board gave its approval for a $65.4 million budget that will be presented to […]

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May 4, 2021

Two proposals that are designed to improve instruction and provide collaborative time for staff — one at the elementary level and the other at the high school — will move ahead another step as a result of positive reaction from the School Board.  Grades 3, 4 look into specialized team approach District staff from elementary […]

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April 19, 2021

Board votes to continue FastBridge pilot another year School Board members accepted the administrative recommendation to continue using FastBridge as the district’s assessment tool for progress monitoring students receiving intervention and special education services and universal screening to determine if intervention services are needed. Because Templeton Middle School and Maple Avenue Elementary schools did not […]

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March 15, 2021

End-of-year facility projects approved The district will see completion of $2.05 million in 2021 end-of-year buildings and ground projects. Roof repairs, asphalting projects, carpet replacement and painting and technology improvements make up most of the expenses. In fact, asphalt, sidewalk and roof projects alone are more than $1.1 million of the expenses. Total spending per […]

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March 2, 2021

Summer curriculum work, professional development approved The School Board approved nearly $50,000 of summer professional development and curriculum work that includes: Grades K-12 curriculum team – Planning for fall K-12 English – language arts curriculum work and preparing for report card changes in reading K-6; Willow Springs – Rubric work and report card alignment; Grades […]

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February 15, 2021

Board approves work with consultants to address achievement gap Hamilton School Board members were updated on the district’s efforts to close the achievement gap – a persistent, statistically significant disparity between students grouped by low economic status, special education needs, race and ethnicity, and English-language status. They approved a contract for the district to work […]

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