Let’s hear from local leaders


A lot has been happening in Hill City lately, and a lot is coming up, too.

Let’s hear from some local leaders in the community.

“Let’s talk”

By Kathy Skorzewski, mayor of Hill City

If this article could include sound, you would be hearing the roar of motorcycles.

Yes, it is the season and for the next few months we will be sharing our home here in the Hills with people from all over the country — and world for that matter!

We have seen Memorial Day and the Fourth of July, are in the middle of the Rally and soon Labor Day and the Buffalo Roundup will be upon us.  And as fast as it came it will pass, the streets will become quieter, street signal lights will blink and parking will be abundant any time you visit Main Street.

But one thing that will not change through all the seasons and visitors is our community: We are Hill City and we are a strong community.

It is becoming increasingly clear that a strong community is built on strong communication.  And that is exactly where we need to put more effort.

I will be continuing a monthly Meet the Mayor to allow us to chat in a very informal way. I want to hear your thoughts and ideas and this will allow us to work together.

The next Meet the Mayor will be Wednesday, Aug. 21 at 1 p.m. at Inside Out on Newton and Railroad Ave. 

We had such a beautiful day and conversation last month that Susan has invited us back while the weather is good.

I have a passion for people and teamwork. In conversation with a local resident the idea of a suggestion box was brought up, and I love it! Another way to hear what is on your mind!

To keep things simple and not re-invent the wheel we can use what is already available to us.  Please feel free to use the city’s water payment box located at the post office also as a suggestion box and a way to submit your ideas and thoughts for myself and the city. 

I am also excited to let you know that starting with our first meeting in August, Aug. 12, we will be offering you the ability to join city council meetings by phone.

We will publish an updated dial in number and access code with each new agenda. This will allow you the chance to call in to hear what is happening if you cannot attend the meetings in person. 

In addition, I am looking at other ways that we can use technology to bring meetings and information to you.  With a little bit of work and some collaboration I am confident that we can use various tools to improve our communication.

Everyone has a voice and an idea and everyone’s voice is important. I am committed to make sure you all have a voice and are heard.

Have a great August!

“Back to school time in Hill City”

By Blake Gardner, Hill City School District superintendent

My dad used to tell me, “Character is what you do when nobody is watching.”  If that quote is true, then the people in our district have very high character.

It was a busy summer for students and staff to prepare for the 2019-20 school year. For example, we had over 40 elementary students attend four weeks of summer school that focused on science, technology, engineering and math.

We had a week-long Advanced Placement (AP) Boot camp in July for the high school advanced placement students to get a head start on AP classes. Every morning the weight room, track or gym was full of student-athletes that were improving upon their skills. Therefore, while it is summer break, many of our students are still representing the Hill City School District in a positive way!

It’s hard to believe that school is just around the corner. I personally can’t wait! As educators we are in the “kid business” and that means that while a little break is nice to recharge the batteries, ultimately we want to be interacting with kids.

Here are a few dates to put on your calendar:

• Aug. 12-15: New Student Enrollment (Secretaries office) and PC Checkout for 6-12 grade (HS Tech office)

• Aug. 14: New Teacher Orientation

• Aug. 15: Kindergarten Orientation 8 a.m.-9 a.m.

Optional for students entering kindergarten to meet teachers, principal, superintendent and other classmates.

• Aug. 19-20: Teacher In-Service

• Aug. 21 – First day of school!

• Aug. 22 – Substitute Orientation at 9:30 a.m. in the high school theater

This is for any current substitute teachers or prospective substitute teachers. It will cover policy, procedure and expectations.

It is an exciting time of year and I look forward to another wonderful year with all of our stakeholders.  As I begin my 14th year in the district, I am always appreciative of the community pride, supportive parents, intelligent students and amazing staff. We are all on the same team with the same goal: the best education for our kids! Make today your masterpiece!

“Summer winding down at library”

By Tammy Alexander, Hill City Library director

“This morning the sun endures past dawn. I realize that it is August: the summer’s last stand,”                                                                 Sara Baume. A line made by Walking

It is hard to believe that our summer programs have already finished for the season. We would like to thank everyone who attended the programs that the Boys & Girls Club graciously hosted.

The Kids Summer Reading contest finished on July 20 and the Grand Prize winners are:

Prek: Frankie Walker won the Strider Bike and helmet donated by Mikal and Colleen Lewis.

Elem. Girl: Isabella Larson winner of a bike and helmet donated by the HC Masonic Lodge# 112 Books for Bikes Program

Elem Boys: Patrick Hardesty winner of a bike and helmet donated by the HC Masonic Lodge #112 Books for Bikes Program

Middle School Girl: Jordan Duprey winner of a $50 Amazon gift card provided by the HC Public Library.

Middle School Boy: Ethan Euneau winner of a $50 Amazon girft card provided by the HC Public Library.

High School Girl: Haley Kenaston winner of a $50 Amazon gift card provided by the HC Public Library.

We would like to congratulate all of the winners and thank all the kids that participated.  Thank you also to the local community for your continued support.

I understand school starts in Hill City on August 21, so we will be working on our Imagination Club start date and sign-up sheets for projects, so be on the lookout for further updates.

Save the date:

The Friends of the Library will be having a book sale at the Library Sept. 7 and 8 during the Hill City Quilt Show.

Storytime is on Fridays at 9:30 a.m. at the library in the Kid’s Annex. Join the wonderful children from the Boys and Girls Club Preschool and Grandma’s Place Preschool for stories and activities.

There will be no Book Club meeting in August. We will meet Sept. 24 at 6pm to discuss your favorite summer read.

I look forward to seeing each and every one of you at your Hill City Public Library.