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Live, Love, Music - Mrs. Joan Sidor Memorial
"Live, Love, Music"... Independence Primary School had a beautiful memorial on May 19 in the back of IPS by the playground. They planted a tree donated by some retirees. Student Council raised money for a memorial bench by having a movie night and selling "Live, Love, Music" bracelets. The bench is a beautiful yellow because the students said Mrs. Sidor loved gold. They also had a butterfly release and students from the high school sang as well.

Thank you to everyone who made this tribute such a wonderful event to honor the life of our beloved music teacher.
2nd Semester Guiding Star Award Winners Announced
Independence Local Schools revealed the winners of their “Guiding Star” Awards presented by Tusk Financial Solutions’ Jeff Malarik and Tulip Tree Quilts Owner Jo Ann Keller on May 11 during two surprise presentations. Congratulations Joe Hribar and Dave Mantz. 
Independence Local Schools Partners with City on Safety Presentation
On May 7, the Independence Local Schools partnered with the City of Independence police and fire departments for a safety presentation to school parents and residents to show the changes they will be making in response to possible intruders for the next school year. In attendance for the schools were Superintendent Steve Marlow, future-Superintendent and current Middle School Principal Ben Hegedish, High School Principal Bill McGuinness, and Primary School Principal Cindy Ipsaro. Representing the Police Department were Chief Michael Kilbane and Officer Brad Borowy, and representing the Fire Department were Chief Steve Rega, Firefighter Ielo (AY-eh-low), and Firefighter Reese. 
New Middle School Principal Announced
The Independence Board of Education voted unanimously April 21 to hire Kevin Jakub as principal of Independence Middle School.

The Brunswick resident will begin in the position Aug. 1. He replaces Ben Hegedish, who will take over the superintendent position from Steve Marlow.
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