AURORA, Colo. (AP)– A partnership between Aurora Public Schools and city leaders is taking on new significance after the July 20 shootings that killed 12 people and injured 58 at a movie theater.

The two sides announced the partnership Thursday, starting with a moment of silence to honor the victims.

The agreement will give students hands-on job experience in the city work force and in city government. It also provides for the city and schools to share some facilities.

Mayor Steve Hogan noted the school system has already opened up buildings to the community, allowing police to interview uninjured witnesses to the shootings at a high school.

Hogan says the shootings changed the city but also made it stronger. He says cooperation will help the community make progress.

Aurora schools began classes Monday.

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