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During the November meeting of the Unified School District 475 Board of Education, then-member Carolyn Gaston called into question whether or not the decision to house the district’s bond money at Sunflower Bank was the correct one.

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Ever since he started playing in the band in seventh grade, Jared Morris has loved music. All through junior high and high school, he found himself coming to school an hour or more early in the mornings just to practice his instrument — a snare drum, at the time.

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When high school students decide to print unpopular opinions or controversial news stories in student publications, it’s sometimes tempting for administrators to throw freedom of speech out the window and start handing out sanctions or admonitions not to do it again. 

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Unified School District 475 announced  the selection of a new Director of Teaching and Learning Monday, pending Board of Education approval. Pam Irwin, the Director of Staff Development and Accreditation for Unified School District 305, will make the move to USD 475 later this summer, in July.

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Saturday, Unified School District 475 celebrated retirees with a luncheon held at the Courtyard by Marriott Conference Center. The luncheon marks the beginning of a new chapter for many dedicated employees of the district. LaDonna Junghans, Board of Education President, spoke about the place…

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN. – The National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA) is pleased to announce that Brad Bascue, Athletic Director at Fort Riley Middle School, has been recognized by this association as a Certified Athletic Administrator.

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According to an article in the New York Times, young girls’ confidence plunges in a serious way around the time they hit puberty — and they tend to come out much worse on the other end than boys.

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Junction City High School returned from the State Solo and Ensemble Music Festival with high marks this past weekend, building upon the momentum the school’s music talent started earlier this semester. Of 34 JCHS events entered in the 2017 KSHSAA State Solo and Ensemble music festival held S…

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Westwood Elementary School kindergarten teacher Montika Allen-Atkinson (center) was named Teacher of the Year by the VFW Wednesday afternoon. Pictured with her are VFW representative Vince Van Cleve (left) and paraprofessional Tochane Stallworth (right), who nominated Allen-Atkinson for her award.

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Teacher contract negotiations for the 2018-’19 school year took place April 11, and so far the talks seem to be flowing about as smoothly as last year’s. The Junction City Education Association (JCEA) and Unified School District 475 spent Tuesday discussing next year’s contracts.

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The Junction City High School music program has done exceptionally well this year. The choir was selected to perform at the Kansas Music Educators Association’s (KMEA) annual conference and four students were chosen to sing in the state choir. The students’ spring musical presentation of “Sh…

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Kansas has come up short on educators statewide for the past few years. This shortage includes professionals such as speech pathologists and school psychologists. The shortage in educators such as speech pathologists has recently had an impact on Unified School District 475. 

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Unified School District 475’s Board of Education voted unanimously to delay the bond election pertaining to the Junction City High School Way Forward at its monthly meeting Monday. The bond election will be delayed until further notice. A date will be set for the election at a later time.

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Unified School District 475 received confirmation March 14 that the Kansas State Board of Education had approved the support of the Junction City High School Way Forward bond initiative. This approval commits the State of Kansas to funding 48 percent of the total bond amount pending communit…

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Unified School District 475 has selected two teachers as nominees for the 2018 Kansas Teacher of the Year Award. A committee of past USD 475 nominees chose Susan Marshall, a sixth grade math teacher from Fort Riley Middle School, and Katie Hagenmaier, a fourth grade teacher from Spring Valle…

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The potential for a new Junction City High School brings with it the potential for economic development, if the structure can be built without raising taxes. It’s this last part that’s a big “if” for the Economic Development Commission. The EDC might be interested in endorsing the project — …

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Being bilingual is increasingly useful in the modern world. Speaking multiple languages opens up career opportunities and offers job seekers an edge they might not otherwise have when they’re looking for work.

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For more than 27 years, the Drug Abuse Resistance Education Program has been a staple in Unified School District 475 Geary County Schools. As the American culture has changed, the D.A.R.E. program has changed their curriculum to keep up.

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The Children’s Initiative Fund is in danger — and has been throughout several legislative sessions. The fund, which contributes about $60 million annually toward Kansas children’s education, is made up of tobacco settlement money, and has been helping fund early childhood education for almos…

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Members of the Geary County Schools Board of Education along with students and staff from the district dedicated several Flint Hills maps and exhibits that are currently mounted in several area schools on Feb. 20 during the Board of Education Celebrations meeting held at Junction City Middle…

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When Kim Milleson resigned from Unified School District 475’s Board of Education last month, she left a vacancy that needed to be filled. She still had time left in her term and someone was needed to take her place.

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Much has been said about Junction City High School’s future. The steering committee made its recommendation for the school Feb. 6 after months of research on the subject and two town hall meetings were held in January dedicated to sharing information with the public about the high school. 

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Bill Clark resigned Feb. 6 from his position as the Chief Operating Officer for Unified School District 475.

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The steering committee has finished its work after a long, arduous period of fact-finding for Unified School District 475. It has endured multiple meetings, much research, and two town hall meetings in coming to its conclusion that the district needs a new Junction City High School at a new …

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The steering committee dedicated to determining the future of Junction City High School held its final meeting to discuss the results of the recent town hall meetings and vote on what its ultimate recommendation to Unified School District 475 will be.

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There are multiple options in consideration for Junction City High School’s future. The steering committee dedicated to determining the school’s best options has to think about all viable possibilities.

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With all the talk of Junction City High School’s way forward and the possibility of a new school, the community has been buzzing with questions and, occasionally, misinformation.

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Unified School District 475 has a large military population and so receives special help in the form of heavily military-impacted aid. The state takes about 70 percent of districts’ military aid.

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The new year may have just begun, but the steering committee dedicated to determining Junction City High School’s future is winding down. January is the last month for the committee to meet before bringing its findings before the Unified School District 475 Board of Education Feb. 6.

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Unified School District 475 Board of Education member Kim Milleson met with the BOE for the last time Monday.

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Unified School District 475 has its proverbial ear to the ground, waiting to see what the newly-elected legislature will do about school funding. One of the only certainties right now is that there will be a new funding formula in the next fiscal year. No one knows yet what it will be.

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Sheridan Elementary School students and staff who had their classes relegated to storage closets had reason to celebrate Tuesday morning when the school held a ribbon cutting for its new addition. 

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Though the current Junction City High School building will likely be demolished if Unified School District 475 builds a new JCHS at a new location, the possible future of Simpler Stadium came up during the Dec. 15 steering committee meeting.

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