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LIBERTY — Construction is booming at Liberty Public Schools as $49 million in bond projects and other capital improvement budget projects are underway. Work includes major additions to Liberty and Liberty North high schools and Franklin Elementary School.

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SMITHVILLE — Students with unique interests have an opportunity to learn individualized material though new online course offerings in the Smithville School District.

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LIBERTY — Deb Caywood, recently named Liberty Public Schools' Teacher of the Year in addition to being recognized by Northland Regional Chamber claiming the Christa McAuliffe Pioneer in Education Award, has now also been recognized by Missouri's Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

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SMITHVILLE — Smithville School District will retain Westbrook and Co. for its annual financial audit after school board members approved continuing to engage the company for services for three years through 2022. The company lasted completed work for the district this year. The cost of the a…

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Northwest Missouri State University named Avery Broner, Samantha Dillon, Hannah Gardner, Kari Harris, Hope Jensen, Anna Johnson, Perry Randle, Kayla Risley, Dray Starzl, Bailey Turley, Noah Welborn and Anna Zech, all of Kearney, to its Academic Honor Roll for achieving a GPA of 3.5 or higher.

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KEARNEY — Starting in July, Heather Guilkey will take over the position of director of special education for Kearney School District after Assistant Superintendent of Special Programs Angie Currey resigned to accept a psychologist position with the Lee’s Summit School District.

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LIBERTY — Including increases to the step and base pay scale for the coming year, Liberty Public Schools Chief Budget Officer Cindy Sullivant said fiscal 2020’s budget includes raises for teachers.

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Missouri Western State University named Malia Cunningham and Spencer Palmeter of Holt, and Brock Broughton and Josie Williamson of Kearney to its 2019 Spring President’s Honor Roll for achieving a 4.0 GPA.

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LIBERTY — Andrea Lee of Liberty, director of the Campanella Gallery and an assistant professor of art and chair of the Department of Art and Design at Park University, was presented the Distinguished Humanities Faculty Award.

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Missouri Western State University named Jordan Holkesvik, Amy Lett, Kristin Quangvan, Tiffany Rice and Jilian Whitehead to its 2019 Spring President’s Honor Roll for achieving a 4.0 GPA.

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Missouri Western State University named Aaron Bass, Hannah Berry and Max Gifford to its 2019 Spring President’s Honor Roll for achieving a 4.0 GPA.

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SMITHVILLE — Many Smithville community members have questions surrounding a potential state audit of Smithville School District due to differing information on social media and information coming from district staff.

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Smithville students graduating from Missouri Western State University are: Corrinne Barr, associate of applied science degree and a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education; Bradley Caton, associate of applied science degree in manufacturing engineering technology; Cheyenne Curley, B…

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Pittsburg State University named Kendall Miles to its All-A Scholastic Honor Roll for achieving a 4.0 GPA. Carly Adams was named to its Dean’s Scholastic Honor Roll for achieving a GPA of 3.6 or higher.

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Cassidy Barker of Kearney is a new junior member of the American Angus Association, CEO of the national organization Allen Moczygemba reported.

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Pittsburg State University named Emma Couch and Madelyn Beasley to its All-A Scholastic Honor Roll for achieving a 4.0 GPA. Anne Wood and Kelsey Vanfossan were named to its Dean’s Scholastic Honor Roll for achieving a GPA of 3.6 or higher.

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Chelsea R. Garton of Kearney graduated cum laude from the University of Central Missouri. Other graduates from Kearney include Shelby Forman and Stephen Backes. Joshua Newcomer of Holt also graduated with the fall class of 2018.

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Aaron From, Alexander Lapp, Athena Mcconnell, Jacob Lafferty, Jessica Herman and Jessica Garrett of Liberty graduated with the University of Central Missouri fall class of 2018.

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Holly Haner of Liberty, a political science major at Missouri Southern State University, is one of 51 students recognized during the 28th annual Glenn D. Dolence Leadership/Service Recognition Assembly. Graduating students are selected for the recognition based on their demonstration of outs…

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KEARNEY — Students in Kearney schools’ grades kindergarten through sixth will get the benefit of a leveled reading program that allows teachers to target instruction to address skill needs for each student.

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LIBERTY — After winning a national honor, recognized as Project Lead the Way Engineering Teacher of the Year last winter, Brett Kisker, a teacher at Liberty North High School, has accepted the position as new Northland Center for Advanced Professionals Executive Director. He will replace San…