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Hartington, Newcastle mark five-year anniversary together

ARTINGTON — The Hartington-Newcastle School District is marking a special anniversary this week.

There were a lot of unanswered questions when the Hartington and Newcastle School Boards first agreed to merge their school districts back in 2014.

Many of those questions have since been answered as the school district is set to mark its fifth anniversary this year.

In February 2014, the State Department of Education approved a merger plan between the two northeast Nebraska school districts. The two districts officially became one July 1, 2014.

Former Hartington Supt. Randy Anderson guided the merger process. At the time, he said it was a necessary step to keep both communities strong.

Current Hartington-Newcastle Supt. A.J. Johnson said the merger seems to be working out well for both communities.

“In general, I think we’ve had good support from Newcastle,” he said.

Johnson has gone out of his way to make sure the Newcastle facility is being used.

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