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SCUD votes to add 4th classroom to SC Pre-School

The Sandy Creek Preschool is full to bursting, but there’s still room to growand the school board voted Monday night to let it do just that.

The South Central Unified #5 School District Board of Education heard a report about the Sandy Creek Preschool during its regular meeting on March 19, at Lawrence-Nelson High School in Nelson.

“I’ve never been to a school that offered full-day pre-K, and I give you kudos for that,” SCUD Superintendent Julie Otero dsif. “I just think it’s the best thing for our kids.”

She and Sandy Creek Elementary Principal Julie Studnicka addressed the burgeoning preschool enrollment during the meeting.

 

 

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Griess family makes challenge donation to SCH Foundation

ASHLEY D. SWANSON | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

The family of the late-Leota Griess made a $25,000 challenge donation to the Sutton Community Home Foundation Friday, March15. Pictured from the left is, Bruce Trautman, vice-president of the SCH Foundation, Tory Duncan, president, Sophie Carlson, Ron Griess, Bethany Schmit, director of nursing for the Sutton Community Home, and Kathy Douglas, treasurer of the SCH Foundation.

The family of Leota Griess, who passed away Feb. 11, 2019, including her husband Ron and daughter Sophie Carlson, made a special donation in memory of Leota to the Sutton Community Home Foundation Friday, March 15.

The donation from the Griess family totalled $25,000, and according to Ron, “Leota and I talked about this long before she passed away. She really wants a new home to be built for this community and area, and she requested that we kick off more fundraising efforts for a new facility with a challenge donation,” Ron said.

“Our family hopes that with Leota’s wishes, others in Sutton and the surrounding area will help to match or exceed our donation of $25,000.”

 

 

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Zoning change, grants, LEOP plan approved by Sutton council Monday

Members of the Sutton City Council cruised through a reasonably light agenda Monday night in the Sutton Council chambers at City Hall.

Leading off the key points of the meeting, council members, at the suggestion of the Sutton Planning and Zoning Board, approved a change in zoning for Aspegren Repair, located at 1004 East Maple Street in east Sutton.

The property had been labeled as an industrial zoned property over the course of the history of the property, but Planning and Zoning members, along with council members, heard from owner Jarrod Aspegren and his request to change the zoning to commercial, allowing Aspegren and his staff to upgrade the property and expand for future growth when deemed necessary by he and his staff.

Aspegren shared with both boards that Clay County deems the property as commercial, thus he asked to have the City of Sutton also place the property to run his auto repair and towing business into a commercially zoned property.

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12 heading to state speech

KARLA FEHR | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Sutton speech students heading to state are, from left: Victoria Hofmann, Megan Fehr, Jared Switzer, Nate Andres, Ben Andres, and Karis Andres.

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Sandy Creek student Atley Van Emmerik will head to state in Poetry (third at districts), and OID (first at districts). Here, she performs her Poetry selection on self-love.

ASHLEY D. SWANSON | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Although she didn’t make it to state, first-time speech student Kinzee Derr, of Harvard, earned a sixth-place medal in Humorous Prose during districts at Sandy Creek Monday.

District speech proved successful for Clay County speech students, with several earning medals and 12 heading to state March 21 and 22, at the University of Nebraska-Kearney, in seven events.

Hosting their district meet Monday was Sandy Creek, where Harvard also competed. The Cougar clan saw six students earn district champion medals in three events, with Noah Shackelford placing first in Extemporaneous Speaking, with the OID consisting of Atley Van Emmerik, Serenity Caves, Jordan Heinz, Rami Hinrichs, and Kristen Rohrer for the first-place earning.

Also punching their tickets to state from SC was Van Emmerik in Poetry, third.

 

 

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NCAPS ribbon cutting showcases edu. opportunities

RITA BRHEL | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

ABOVE: Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts addresses attendees of the ribbon cutting ceremony at Sandy Creek March 6. RIGHT: SCUD Board members cut the ribbon to officially open the NCAPS building, which houses students from SC and Lawrence-Nelson.

TORY DUNCAN | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

While classes carried on as usual March 6, tours were being given for the NCAPS ribbon cutting ceremony. Here, SC Nurse Brenda Searle gives a tour to visitors in the Health Pathway part of the building.

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SCUD Superintendent Julie Otero takes her turn to talk to the audience March 6 during the ribbon cutting ceremony.

March 6 was a big day for South Central Unified #5 School District. It was their long-awaited open house and ribbon cutting for the Nebraska Center for Advanced Professional Studies (NCAPS) building, which also doubles as the new Sandy Creek High School.

It didn’t take long after the doors opened at 2 p.m. for the newly-constructed addition to be filled with members of the public seeking tours, given by school administrators and student council members, while classes were in session.

Classes have been held in the new NCAPS building since the current semester began in early January. SCUD Superintendent Julie Otero previously stated that operation has gone smoothly during these early months and that wrinkles have been worked out quickly.

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Below- freezing streak coming to an end for county, area

ASHLEY D. SWANSON | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Several icicles dangle from a gutter on the side of a building. Freezing temperatures have kept ice, as well as bitter cold wind chills and snow in the area. The below-freezing temperature streak for Clay County and surrounding areas is expected to end Saturday, as temperatures reach 39 degrees.

By Thursday, March 7, should the weather stay on track with the National Weather Service’s forecast in the Hastings location, parts of Nebraska will have been on a 20-day below freezing temperature streak, Clay County included.

Feb. 15 started the trend with reaching a high of 15 degrees and accumulating 2.7 inches of snow.

By Feb. 21, temps reached 31 degrees, but didn’t push above freezing, before dropping significantly Feb. 25 to 8 degrees.

 

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Sutton CTE Program hosts advisory committee meeting Feb. 27

TORY DUNCAN | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Nancy Schlautman, lead educator in Sutton’s Family and Consumer Science Pathway Program, is pictured with the new commercial grade freezer and refrigerator that was implemented into the program through funding from the Nebraska Dept. of Education reVision grant program. In addition, the program also installed two new electric and two new gas ranges among other equipment.

The Sutton Career and Technical Education Program hosted their annual advisory committee meeting with educators and community members coming together to hear an update on the pathways program at Sutton Public Schools, Wednesday, Feb. 27.

Secondary Principal Brandy Thompson, along with pathway program leaders Steve Ramer, Nancy Schlautman, Zach Parrish, Nora Ohrt and Shawna Houdek, shared with community members the current status of the program, and gave tours of the upgrades that have taken place this school year, thanks to the reVision Grant programs, in which SPS is in year two with.

Thompson said the Sutton program has shared their program direction and highlights with a number of schools throughout Nebraska, and have had visits from school districts such as Thayer Central, Sumner-Eddyville-Miller and Tri County, with Sargent planning a visit yet this spring or early fall of the next school year.

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Fundraising begins for Clay Center pool project; Waypoint Bank makes donation

ASHLEY D. SWANSON | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

On Feb. 28, Waypoint Bank donated $10,000 toward the Clay Center Pool Project. Pictured here is Tim Sladek, far left, branch president, pool manager Deb Schmoldt, center, and Nannette Shackelford, Clay Center City Council member. Schmoldt and Shackelford are holding a rendering of the future aquatic center.

Clay Center is underway with fundraising ideas for the future aquatic center.

Those on the pool committee have a goal of raising $50,000, Nanette Shackelford said.

“We’re trying to do all we can to reduce the tax burden on people,” she said.

Shackelford added that so far there is about $11,000 in the pool buddies account at the Clay Center Cornerstone Bank location.

Fundraising options have included applying for foundations; they have applied for a more than $500,000 grant; sending letters out to rural individuals; and starting a Facebook campaign for Clay Center alumni.

The pool itself will be open for one more season, officially closing Aug. 1, before being torn down Aug. 2.

 

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Gov. Ricketts to speak at NCAPS grand opening March 6

A ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place for the newly-constructed NCAPS building, which sits on the Sandy Creek campus.

The Nebraska Center for Advanced Professional Studies, more commonly referred to as the NCAPS building located at the Sandy Creek School, is hosting a long-awaited Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting on March 6; everyone is invited.

The doors open next Wednesday afternoon with a public open house from 2-7 p.m.

The ribbon cutting will take place outside the front doors of the NCAPS building, weather permitting, at 3 p.m.

NCAPS Coordinator Stan Essink, along with South Central Unified #5 School District Board of Education members Lance Williams and Donita Furman, will speak on the history, vision, and goals of the NCAPS program.

 

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Co. Board discusses offices, jail

The Clay County Board of Supervisors is looking at ways to streamline county services, spurring a closer look at the Veterans Services and Emergency Management offices.

Three board members—L. Wayne Johnson, Eric Samuelson, and Gerald Schmidthave volunteered to form a committee to look into the feasibility of combining these two offices.

Board members discussed the idea of one director heading up both the veterans and emergency management departments, though there was concern about the different training requirements for the two departments.

 

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