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While many students in the country have started the year staring at computer screens, many kindergarten through sixth grade students in Lake County School District (LCSD) are learning in a hybrid model, blending in-person instruction two days per week with outdoor experiences two days per we…

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While many students in the country have started the year staring at computer screens, many kindergarten through sixth grade students in Lake County School District (LCSD) are learning in a hybrid model, blending in-person instruction two days per week with outdoor experiences two days per we…

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For Karen Onderdonk, completing her Bachelor of Applied Science in leadership and management at CMC Leadville was a natural extension of her position at St. Vincent Hospital. As chief branding officer at the hospital, she’s a member of the senior leadership team, involved in community outrea…

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Earlier this week, Colorado Mountain College launched the CMC Fall 2020 Trail Map, which spells out how the college will offer courses during the 2020 fall semester.

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Wendy Wyman has been the superintendent of Lake County School District for the last eight years, but is preparing to step down this summer. As of July, Wyman will be superseded by Bethany Massey, who was selected to fill the role this spring. As Wyman enters the last month of her time as sup…

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In the Herald’s May 28 coverage of Lake County High School graduation, the newspaper incorrectly spelled Tayler Raye Galloway’s name. Tayler is the correct spelling.

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A motorcade, a socially distanced ceremony and remote addresses delivered by video marked the graduation of the Lake County High School Class of 2020 last weekend.

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My name is Dominika Piech and it is with pride and honor that I represent the Class of 2020 of Lake County High School. First and foremost, I would like to thank the faculty, coaches, and staff, as well as the parents and guardians of us graduating students. You have all made sacrifices and …

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The Lake County High School graduating class was awarded a variety of scholarships this year. In lieu of Class Day, the following seniors’ accomplishments will broadcast during a slideshow in the high school’s virtual graduation ceremony next weekend.

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Dominika Piech, a graduating senior at Lake County High School (LCHS), is the valedictorian of the class of 2020. In anticipation of students graduating over Memorial Day weekend, the Herald reached out to Piech to ask a few questions about her time at LCHS, what graduating amidst a pandemic…

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Colorado Mountain College hosted a remote commencement ceremony for each of its campuses last weekend. The celebrations included a combination of pre-recorded addresses, student profiles and materials sent to graduating students before the ceremonies took place.

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On May 4, excavation began at the West Park Elementary School site for a new preschool through grade two (PK-2) school that is expected to be ready for students in August 2021.

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The Collegiate Peaks Forum Series (CPFS) is bringing back Dr. Scott Tinker with his new documentary, “Switch On.” In January 2013, Dr. Tinker screened and discussed his first documentary, “Switch.” While “Switch” looked at energy in the developed world, “Switch On” takes viewers on a new adv…

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When Colorado Mountain College leaders decided to cancel seven different spring commencement ceremonies this year, it was with a heavy heart.

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Jen McLaren is the current president and general manager of Smartwool, located in Steamboat Springs. She is the first female to lead the world-renowned brand. McLaren is responsible for the oversight and strategic direction of the Smartwool global brand. She has been with Smartwool for more …

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As a continued precaution to help slow the spread of COVID-19, Lake County schools will remain closed for the rest of the academic year. This is an extension of the initial order that closed schools to students and in-person learning.

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Essential workers have been crucial to Leadville’s progress throughout the closures, cancellations and preventative measures put in place to limit the spread of COVID-19. Recognizing the vital role they play, the Herald is highlighting a different essential worker each week who continues to …

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Dr. Bruce Epperly, pastor and teacher at the South Congregational Church of Christ in Centerville, Massachusetts, will present a talk on “Spirituality in a Time of Pandemic” on April 17 via Zoom video conferencing. This is a presentation of the Collegiate Peaks Forum Series.

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Lake County School District (LCSD) selected Bethany Massey to fill the role of superintendent for the district last Friday.

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Monday marked the first day of remote learning for Lake County School District (LCSD), an unprecedented event in the school district’s history. Governor Jared Polis suspended in-person learning across the state through April 17 earlier this month due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

For at least three weeks, teachers will teach and learners will learn from home.

Remote learning looks different for young learners at LCSD than it does for computer savvy high school students. Regardless, the district’s goal is to make students and their families feel supported through measures like check-in calls to parents and a free Monday through Friday lunch distribution.

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With so many closures and cancellations now, parents are juggling extra variables to keep the kids happy and healthy. For some it may be a rare occasion where everyone stays at home. If you are scratching your head, here is a helpful list of activities to help make the best use of your time.…

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“Do you realize you’re getting the highest education in the United States?” Hugh Evans, a 10th Mountain Divison World War II veteran, asked Lake County Intermediate School’s third grade students last Wednesday.

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At its Jan. 29 meeting in the Vail Valley, the Colorado Mountain College Board of Trustees unanimously voted for a $5 per credit hour increase in all Colorado resident tuition rates for the 2020-21 academic year, keeping the college’s tuition among the most affordable in the state.

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At Lake County High School, all students create an Individual Career and Academic Plan (ICAP) that guides their learning pathway. Through a multi-year process, students connect their interests, passions, and goals with intentional planning of their courses, internships, independent studies, …

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Carrie Besnette Hauser, president of Colorado Mountain College, and Tom Stritikus, president of Fort Lewis College, were elected to the Board of Directors of the American Council on Education, the major coordinating body for the nation’s colleges and universities.

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Last spring, the Lake County School District (LCSD) rolled out its 2019-2020 calendar and shared that it would be the final year of a mix of four- and five-day weeks for LCSD.

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Five recently elected trustees, including new trustees Bob Hartzell (Lake County) and Marianne Virgili (Garfield County), took their oaths of office at the December meeting of the Colorado Mountain College Board of Trustees at CMC’s Glenwood Center,

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At Lake County High School, all students create an Individual Career and Academic Plan (ICAP) that guides their learning pathway. Through a multi-year process, students connect their interests, passions, and goals with intentional planning of their courses, internships, independent studies, …

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The Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA) named eight Lake County High School athletes to its Academic All-State teams roster for the fall activities season.

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The final counts in the Colorado Mountain College election show that 34,762 voters, or 77.68%, voted for the inclusion of Salida and Poncha Springs in the CMC district.

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At Lake County High School, all students create an Individual Career and Academic Plan (ICAP) that guides their learning pathway. Through a multi-year process, students connect their interests, passions and goals with intentional planning of their courses, internships, independent studies, c…

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Prior to this fall, some Lake County Intermediate School (LCIS)students had never spent a night away from their parents, slept outside or roasted a marshmallow. That has all changed, thanks to the school’s sixth-grade leadership program at Colorado Outward Bound School (COBS).

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The Chaffee County Writers Exchange offers the November “WE Write” session on Saturday, Nov. 9, 9 a.m. to noon in Buena Vista at the Sangre de Cristo Electric Company community room.

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After a full three-month closure, mandated by COVID-19 circumstances, the Lake County Aquatic Center reopened on Monday, June 15 at 6 a.m. to a handful of happy lap swimmers.

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Lake County Public Health Agency (LCPHA) issued an amended local Public Health Order (PHO) on May 26. This amended local PHO will allow for phased re-opening of retail food establishments in Lake County, to include on-site and dine-in service options beginning Wednesday, May 27. Retail food …

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The Lake County Tourism Panel is inviting local retail shops to add their listings to a soon-to-be-created “shopping section” on LeadvilleTwinLakes.com. This new section is intended to support area shops during COVID-19 and beyond by providing an additional avenue to promote online sales.

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The Leadville Lake County Economic Development Corporation (LLCEDC) announced earlier this week that Marla Akridge of Clifton Forge, Virginia has accepted the position of executive director effective July 13. Akridge brings 15 years of experience in rural economic development to her position…

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The Herald Democrat’s editorial and advertising staff members received three awards earlier this month in the Colorado Press Association’s 2019 Better Newspaper Contest.

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On Monday, May 11, the Summit Stage began increasing service levels on its spring 2020 limited public transit service along three fixed travel corridors within Summit County; the bus service also initiated limited service on its Leadville and Fairplay commuter routes. Summit Stage bus fares …

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As restaurants remain closed to the public, takeout and delivery food orders are an important source of revenue for Lake County’s restaurant owners, chefs and servers. Leadville Main Street’s “Takeout Takeover Fridays” campaign encourages locals to buy takeout to support such establishments,…

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Roots Rx Recreational dispensaries are currently donating 5% of all edible sales to the local food banks serving the Colorado mountain communities of Aspen, Basalt, Eagle-­Vail, Edwards, Gunnison and Leadville. Additionally, five edible brands sold at the dispensaries, including Cheeba Chews…

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“Do you realize you’re getting the highest education in the United States?” Hugh Evans, a 10th Mountain Divison World War II veteran, asked Lake County Intermediate School’s third grade students last Wednesday.

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At its Jan. 29 meeting in the Vail Valley, the Colorado Mountain College Board of Trustees unanimously voted for a $5 per credit hour increase in all Colorado resident tuition rates for the 2020-21 academic year, keeping the college’s tuition among the most affordable in the state.

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At Lake County High School, all students create an Individual Career and Academic Plan (ICAP) that guides their learning pathway. Through a multi-year process, students connect their interests, passions, and goals with intentional planning of their courses, internships, independent studies, …

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Carrie Besnette Hauser, president of Colorado Mountain College, and Tom Stritikus, president of Fort Lewis College, were elected to the Board of Directors of the American Council on Education, the major coordinating body for the nation’s colleges and universities.

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Five recently elected trustees, including new trustees Bob Hartzell (Lake County) and Marianne Virgili (Garfield County), took their oaths of office at the December meeting of the Colorado Mountain College Board of Trustees at CMC’s Glenwood Center,

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At Lake County High School, all students create an Individual Career and Academic Plan (ICAP) that guides their learning pathway. Through a multi-year process, students connect their interests, passions, and goals with intentional planning of their courses, internships, independent studies, …

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The Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA) named eight Lake County High School athletes to its Academic All-State teams roster for the fall activities season.

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At Lake County High School, all students create an Individual Career and Academic Plan (ICAP) that guides their learning pathway. Through a multi-year process, students connect their interests, passions and goals with intentional planning of their courses, internships, independent studies, c…

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Prior to this fall, some Lake County Intermediate School (LCIS)students had never spent a night away from their parents, slept outside or roasted a marshmallow. That has all changed, thanks to the school’s sixth-grade leadership program at Colorado Outward Bound School (COBS).

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Colorado Mountain College President and CEO Carrie Hauser issued the following statement today on the filing of an amicus brief in support of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and the consolidated cases in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, urging the court to stand in support of DACA rec…

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At Lake County High School, all students create an Individual Career and Academic Plan (ICAP) that guides their learning pathway. Through a multi-year process, students connect their interests, passions, and goals with intentional planning of their courses, internships, independent studies, …

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Colorado Mountain College leadership students hosted a panel discussion on Sept. 25 to showcase the many different styles of leadership within the community.

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While many students in the country have started the year staring at computer screens, many kindergarten through sixth grade students in Lake County School District (LCSD) are learning in a hybrid model, blending in-person instruction two days per week with outdoor experiences two days per we…

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For Karen Onderdonk, completing her Bachelor of Applied Science in leadership and management at CMC Leadville was a natural extension of her position at St. Vincent Hospital. As chief branding officer at the hospital, she’s a member of the senior leadership team, involved in community outrea…

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Wendy Wyman has been the superintendent of Lake County School District for the last eight years, but is preparing to step down this summer. As of July, Wyman will be superseded by Bethany Massey, who was selected to fill the role this spring. As Wyman enters the last month of her time as sup…

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In the Herald’s May 28 coverage of Lake County High School graduation, the newspaper incorrectly spelled Tayler Raye Galloway’s name. Tayler is the correct spelling.

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A motorcade, a socially distanced ceremony and remote addresses delivered by video marked the graduation of the Lake County High School Class of 2020 last weekend.

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My name is Dominika Piech and it is with pride and honor that I represent the Class of 2020 of Lake County High School. First and foremost, I would like to thank the faculty, coaches, and staff, as well as the parents and guardians of us graduating students. You have all made sacrifices and …

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The Lake County High School graduating class was awarded a variety of scholarships this year. In lieu of Class Day, the following seniors’ accomplishments will broadcast during a slideshow in the high school’s virtual graduation ceremony next weekend.

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Dominika Piech, a graduating senior at Lake County High School (LCHS), is the valedictorian of the class of 2020. In anticipation of students graduating over Memorial Day weekend, the Herald reached out to Piech to ask a few questions about her time at LCHS, what graduating amidst a pandemic…

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Colorado Mountain College hosted a remote commencement ceremony for each of its campuses last weekend. The celebrations included a combination of pre-recorded addresses, student profiles and materials sent to graduating students before the ceremonies took place.

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Arri Eisen, professor of science and society at Emory University, will present the Collegiate Peaks Forum Series lecture “Biology and Buddhism: What I’ve Learned about Life during a Decade Teaching Science to the Dalai Lama’s Monks and Nuns” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10 in the Ivy Ballroom of…

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Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center’s Family Birthing Center is offering a childbirth class on Tuesday, Oct. 8, from 5:30-9 p.m. The class will be held in the second-floor conference rooms at Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center, 1000 Rush Dr., Salida.

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If the voters of the Lake County School District fail to pass the bond issue needed to match the BEST grant in November and are faced with paying the entire amount to build a new West Park Elementary School in the near future, the following chart indicates what the cost will be.

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When an individual wants to enter Lake County High School, they approach the main entrance completely visible to the office staff. They step inside the vestibule where they face a series of locked doors leading to the school. There is a secure window to the office where they can announce who…

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A two-session creative-writing course, “Introduction to Memoir,” will be offered by the Lake County Recreation Department on Tuesday, Oct. 8, and Tuesday, Oct. 15, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Huck Finn Ice Rink Building, 505 W. 5th St.

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Colorado Mountain College will host a panel discussion focused on leadership in the community on Wednesday, Sept. 25, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. The public is invited.

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Though Lake County School District’s 2018-2019 testing results show academic growth in many areas, the district’s achievement data still lag behind most statewide averages.

“Our unique approach to teaching and learning in LCSD is producing tangible results,” LCSD Superintendent Wendy Wyman told the Herald. “These results are a direct reflection of ongoing efforts that will continue in the year ahead to foster a growth mindset, involve the community, and believe in and support our teachers.”

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The Leadville Trail 100 is perhaps one of the most iconic of the nation’s ultra-running races. What makes it iconic? First of all, it welcomes anyone willing to try to run 100 miles at an average elevation in excess of 10,000 feet; unlike virtually all other mountainous 100-milers, there is …

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AARP’s Safe Driver training program is being offered Aug. 20 in Buena Vista at the Sangre de Cristo Community Room, 29780 U.S. 24 North, from 8:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

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Cheryl Talbot, who was appointed interim principal of Lake County Intermediate School last winter, will continue as the school’s principal for the 2019-2020 school year.

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William Anderegg, assistant professor of biology at the University of Utah, will present the Collegiate Peaks Forum Series lecture “Hot, Dry, and Smoky: What is the Future of Colorado’s Forests in a Changing Climate?” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 1, at the Salida Steam Plant Theater. The lect…

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Learn what can be seen in the August night sky on Friday, August 2, from University of Denver Professor Ron Mickle. If the night is clear, participants will see Jupiter’s four Galilean moons, NGC 6530 and the Lagoon Nebula within the constellation Sagittarius, the picturesque rings of Saturn…

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The following individuals are listed with decisions related to charges against them by the Lake County Office of the District Attorney for the 5th Judicial District. F=felony; M=misdemeanor; PO=petty offense; TI=traffic infraction (classes A and B); level 1 is the most serious offense. Any c…

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The Justice Center Task Force, a coalition of county officials, Lake County and Leadville law enforcement and judicial entities, is moving forward with plans to build a new justice center for the county.

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Information technology (IT) troubles persist at the Lake County Courthouse, nearly five months after Sheriff Amy Reyes first accused the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) of improperly accessing her office’s emails.

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Senator Michael Bennet visited Leadville Saturday for a town hall meeting, the fourth in a series of similar stops across the state marking his return to Colorado after his run for president. He had previously attended town hall meetings in Grand Junction, Rangely, Meeker, and Craig.

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Census takers will soon be in Lake County. It is a constitutional and legislative requirement to count the U.S. population every 10 years. Census efforts began Jan. 16 and will continue through March 30.

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Keeping up with replacement and maintenance of aging infrastructure continues to be the largest expense item for most water and wastewater utilities across the country. As the oldest municipal water system in Colorado, the Parkville Water District system is the poster child of aging infrastr…

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After several hours of testimony and discussion on the latest iteration of the AngelView Subdivision, the Lake County Planning Commission came to no decision and decided to reconvene the public hearing on Feb. 24.

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The Board of County Commissioners adopted Lake County’s 2020 budget last week with a 38.192 mill levy, the same as 2019. The budget document is the result of a year of strategic planning work, including training sessions and meetings with department heads and elected officials.