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Glenwood City School Board proposal to borrow up to $1 million dollars for Capital Projects

By Kelsie Hoitomt

GLENWOOD CITY — The Glenwood City Board of Education met on Monday evening, with Dr. Charles Rasmussen absent. A proposal was presented on behalf of the Buildings and Grounds Capital Projects.

The proposal is for the school district to borrow up to $1 million dollars from one or more of three methods including; bonds, the State trust fund and/or the commercial bank.

The borrowed resources would go towards the remodeling of the high school science labs, replacing the track and building a road south of the existing complex, connecting the elementary and the high school parking lots.

These three items were pulled from a survey that was given to parents and non-parents in the school district which asked them to rate various items.

Through the use of bonds, State trust fund and a commercial bank the fund 10 account would be affected, but local taxes would not have to be raised or affected.

There is a critical timeline proposed with these projects as well. By December of this year, it is hoped that the Board can determine a process for managing projects. By February, an input would be obtained. By March, bids would be obtained. By April, the financing would be secured. By June, construction/remodeling would begin and by September 1, 2013 the projects would be completed

This is only a proposal with discussions still being had throughout the school district.

Superintendent Tim Emholtz asked each Board member including, Dr. Lisa Kaiser, Lori Klinger, Jon Mrdutt, Judy Achterhof, Kevin Bonte and John Logghe their thoughts on the projects. They all agreed there is a strong need for not just maintaining the school, but upgrading it as well.

They agreed there are safety issues and it is deserving to the students and the faculty.

“It is long overdue and the school needs to look appealing not only on the inside, but the outside as well. We need to be competitive to other schools,” expressed Dr. Kaiser.

Also presented in the Superintendent’s report was the approval of the revised 2012-2013 budget, which has changed since the annual meeting.

The significant change comes from the local sources subtotals, which at the annual meeting was at $1,736,595.00 and is now at $1,716,500.00 due to an increase in state aid. This was approved by the Board.

The Board also approved a tax levy of $2,032,146 to support the 2012-2013 budget including general operations, debt service and community education. The certification of the levy was approved as well.

In Other Business

The District Performance Report Card was released and the elementary school, the middle school and the high school were all “meeting expectations” based on a three year weighted average.

Betsy Haltinner and Amy Lenz were selected to attend the Center for Leadership in Education conference in November.

The Board approved to accept the donation of $250.00 from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction for the Movin’ and Munchin’ program, which will be matched by the WEA Trust for an additional $250.00.

The Board approved the language clarification for section 21.06, Extra Assignments, of the Professional Staff Handbook.

The Board approved the school district’s Statement on Industry Development as it was presented by Buildings, Grounds and Transportation committee member Lori Klinger.