GC school board holds first meeting of new year

By Kelsie Hoitomt

GLENWOOD CITY — The Glenwood City Board of Education held its first meeting of the new year on Monday evening, January 14.

Since this was the first meeting of 2013, there was a lot of discussion including updates on the curriculum, current projects like the new science labs/track/road and the new principal to name a few.

Currently, the science labs, track and road construction are under discussion by the Buildings, Grounds and Transportation committee and a further resolution and discussion will be made at the next board meeting on January 28.

The hiring of a new elementary principal is underway with 33 applications handed in. This week will begin the first round of interviews with questions being asked by selected administration, staff and parents.

Also mentioned was the work of Sherri Crosby in Food Services. The school will possibly be receiving an additional six cents per meal; Crosby has applied for this and the school will find out if it is accepted shortly. It was also shared that the USDA has changed their minds about grains; the number will be increased, but the caloric intake will still have to stay at the recommended level.

The Board and Administrators are also spending added time with security of the school and safety of the students/staff since the recent events at Sandy Hook Elementary. Outside and around the school there will be more signs posted telling visitors and/or parents that they need to report to the office and sign in. There will also be badges for visitors and substitutes that will need to be worn while in the school district. This is just one step the school district is taking with others possibly coming in the future.

Also new this year from the WIAA is a change in payment acceptances for state tournaments. In the years past, booster clubs like wrestling and basketball have been able to pay for state tickets with a check and now this year a credit card is the only accepted form. The wrestling booster club has asked that the school credit card be used to purchase the tickets that will be sold to fans.

The Board did approve of the use of the school’s credit card to purchase $3,970 dollars worth in tickets and the booster club will refund that money back to the school. Typically around 90 tickets are available for purchase by fans.

Other Business

The Board approved the overnight stay in Rochester, MN for the wrestling team on January 19.

The Board approved a donation from Herdsman Feeds to pay for the hotel expense for the January 19 overnight stay.

The Board approved a show choir rehearsal on Sunday, March 3.

The Board approved a budget transfer of $27,956.67 from transportation to technology personal services.

The Board approved 66:0301 Agreement with Boyceville for the services of Food Service Director for 2012-13.

The Board approved up to 10 staff members with approximately $1,200 per person to be funded for the Summer Leadership Conference.

The Board approved a 15-day contract for 2013 and a contract for 2013-14 with CESA 11 for technology support.

The Board approved a contract with CESA 10 for an Environmental Health and Safety Program for 1/1/2013 to 6/30/2015.