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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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January 18, 2021

Summer Opportunities will limit in-person offerings, most enrichment classes will be virtual With the goal of prioritizing instruction for students with most significant needs, Summer Opportunities 2021 will offer in-person instruction that will be focused on course recovery, promotional and academic support opportunities. Enrichment and extension programs will be offered in a virtual format. Those […]

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December 21, 2020

Significant calendar changes approved The 2021-22 school calendar was approved and the most significant changes were: an additional in-service day before the start of student contact days in the fall; Jan. 17 off for students and staff in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day; spring break returning to the last full week in March; […]

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November 16, 2020

Variety of reports presented School Board members received a flurry reports at its Nov. 16 meeting including: Information Technology Services updates from Information Technology Manager Ryan Miller; Section 504 policies and procedures from Special Services Supervisor John Peterson; K-12 curriculum alignment, high school course additions and scope-sequence changes from Instructional Services Supervisor Catherine Drago and Teachers Kristen […]

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October 19, 2020

Tax rate drop to lowest level in 30 years Hamilton School Board members adopted a budget and certified a tax levy Oct. 21 that will drop the mill rate for school purposes by 7.45%. The tax levy for 2020-21 is $33,205,087 — $414,610 less than the 2019-20 levy. The mill rate at $8.45 — the […]

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October 6, 2020

Even though items on the Oct. 6 agenda did not explicitly state COVID-19, the pandemic made its way into the discussion throughout the Hamilton School Board meeting. Pandemic has impact on reopening of school At this time of the year, principals typically give updates on their site plans that include goals and achievement from the […]

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September 21, 2020

Blackwell, Ubert honored with Community Service Award Hamilton Education Foundation officers Sandi Blackwell and Ann Ubert were honored as the district’s 2020 Community Service Award recipients at the Sept. 21 School Board meeting. Superintendent Paul Mielke, Ph.D., said both long-time officers were responsible for this year’s decision to move HEF’s dinner-auction fundraiser to a virtual […]

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August 17, 2020

Board approves 14 positions to cover virtual learning option Hamilton School Board members approved an increase of 14 full-time equivalency positions to accommodate the needs of students who selected the virtual online learning option for the 2020-21 school year. About 21% of students chose the virtual online option compared to nearly 79% who chose the […]

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