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The USD 475 Board of Education approved new positions at its last meeting, including a budget specialist position for the district, an assistant principal and four CORE teacher positions at Karns, and a PE teacher, ELA teacher and Literacy Lab teacher at Junction City High School.

The Junction City Commission recognized EMS Week, Pease Officers’ Memorial Day and Police Week, National Public Works Week, Kids to Parks Day and Professional Municipal Clerks Week with several proclamations at its last meeting.

Geary County Schools has 1,054 students with 20 or more absences in the 2021-2022 school year, leading district staff to bring a discussion before the Board of Education Tuesday to propose potential solutions.

The USD 475 Board of Education discussed at its special board meeting how to make up learning time that was lost in some of the district’s schools because of disruptions during the school year.

The proposal for an RV park north of Junction City was withdrawn and the Geary County Commission unanimously denied the request to place storage on the property, located near the K-57 and U.S. 77 intersection, at its meeting Monday.

The Junction City Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People sent a letter Monday to Geary County Schools USD 475 board and staff concerning unfair treatment of the recently reassigned Junction City High School principal Merrier Jackson-Tartt and other issues in the school district. The NAACP requested to meet with the school district to discuss the matters further.

The USD 475 Board of Education approved Monday the purchase of an access control platform for the school district that will integrate district devices, as well as detectors for two schools which will detect vaping and audio aggression.

During the Junction City Area Chamber of Commerce bi-monthly board meeting Thursday, the Economic Development Commission announced that the top six economic development projects in Junction City, Geary County have created a total of $64 million in investment in the past five years.

Geary Community Hospital is moving forward with plans to improve operations and financial viability with the help of a “Transition Taskforce,” comprised of Geary Community Hospital board members and staff, the Geary County Commission and county staff members.

The 8th Judicial District Nominating Commission selected Neal Gugler to fill a district magistrate judge vacancy in Dickinson County. The vacancy was created when Judge Keith Collett was sworn in as a district judge Oct. 29.

At a special board meeting Thursday, the USD 475 Board of Education provided an update on the Memorandums of Understanding the school district is drafting between the district and the city for the future of the old high school property at 900 N. Eisenhower Drive.

For the next three weeks, Junction City is remodeling City Hall Customer Service. Customer Service is temporarily located in the basement at City Hall until the work is finished.

U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) recently visited Eastern Europe with a bipartisan group of senators and met with 1st Infantry Division soldiers – deployed from Fort Riley – at a U.S. Army training base in Germany. Moran also met with Kansans assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division.

Six state courts in Kansas have gone live with a pilot rollout of Enterprise Supervision, powered by Tyler Supervision. In this first phase of what will eventually be a statewide rollout, state courts in six counties, Clay, Riley, Dickinson, Geary, Morris and Marion, are now using Enterprise Supervision. The courts are also operating on a new centralized case management system, Tyler’s Enterprise Justice case management solution.

In moving forward with the demolition of the old Junction City high school building, the USD 475 Board of Education approved a guaranteed maximum price for the demolition at its March meeting, and the City of Junction City waived the permit fee for the demolition Tuesday.

Desree Pettera, community member, spoke against the proposed meatpacking plant at the Junction City Commission meeting Tuesday. She said she lives right around the proposed location and that the plant would be detrimental to the surrounding area.

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The USD 475 Board of Education voted unanimously Monday evening to make masks optional in all of its schools outside of Fort Riley. The schools on Fort Riley will continue to follow the fort’s mandates regarding masks.

The Junction City Commission, Geary County Commission and USD 475 Board of Education came together for a joint meeting on Feb. 28 at the C. L. Hoover Opera House to discuss current community happenings and future development.

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