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This Week

Surging virus rattles Gilbert schools BY CECILIA CHAN GSN Managing Editor

NEWS.................................3 Gilbert recycling costs go up again.

SPORTS...................... 26 A look back at a rocky fall season.

GETOUT..................... 28 These restaurants have the meats and the cheeses.

COMMUNITY....................................... 16 BUSINESS.............................................20 OPINION................................................24 SPORTS.......................................26 GETOUT.................................................28 PUZZLE.......................................33 CLASSIFIED..........................................34

Sunday, December 6, 2020

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ll students attending Gilbert Public Schools campuses are back in hybrid learning beginning Monday through winter break. The Governing Board on Nov. 4 adopted guidelines that determined the type of learning for each school based on the num-

ber of active COVID-19 cases on that particular campus. Higley Unified School District’s board did the same last week. The GPS guidelines call for a district-wide return to hybrid when two of three state health benchmarks – 100 cases per 100,000 residents, more than 10 percent positive tests and over 10 percent hospital visits with COVID-like symptoms – for GPS boundaries show a substantial spread

of the virus for two consecutive weeks. “I anticipate us meeting that criteria this Thursday when the metrics come out from the Department of Health as well as Maricopa County,” Superintendent Shane McCord told the Governing Board at the Dec. 1 work study. “We will be going hybrid starting Monday, Dec. 7 and that would last

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HD SOUTH’s director Dance to the tower leaving for a new job BY SRIANTHI PERERA GSN Contributor

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fter 15 years at the helm of HD SOUTH, Home of the Gilbert Historical Museum, Executive Director Kayla Kolar is leaving at the end of the year. In January, she will join Mesa-based House of Refuge as its executive director, following the retirement of its longtime head Nancy Marion. Kolar, who is well-known in the East Valley – and especially in Gilbert – said she wasn’t looking for another job. When Marion’s position was posted, a couple of contacts in the community drew her attention to it. “I did follow up and was very intrigued. These kinds of opportunities do not come along very often. And House of Refuge is a quality organization with a mission that really tugs at my heart strings,” Kolar said. “I wasn’t sure what to expect, so I threw my hat in the

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The Gilbert Water Tower was officially lit for the holiday season last week and will stay that way through Jan. 3. Motorists can tune into 88.9 FM as they drive through the Heritage District for holiday music synchronized to the water tower dancing lights.The water tower will dance each day from 5:30-10 p.m. with the show restarting every 30 minutes. (Pablo Robles/GSN Staff Photographer)