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GC School District accepts $20,000 donation

By Kelsie Hoitomt

GLENWOOD CITY — The Glenwood City Board of Education recently approved an anonymous donation of $20,000, which was matching funds from the online auction that took place earlier this fall.

The actual money raised from the auction was around $18,000, but the generous donor wanted to round up to an even $20,000 in order to help with the Capital Projects.

In terms of Capital Projects, the Buildings, Grounds and Transportation committee gave an update on the summer projects; the baseball field fencing is complete, except for the bullpen areas, the press box work is done, the playground fencing is finished, the tile in the Business Education room is finished and the front entrance is re-carpeted.

As for projects at the south end of the property, elevations were corrected so water flow is better and crowns and wetlands have been improved to keep water off the track and field areas as well.

In other news, High School/Middle School Principal Tim Johnson shared with enthusiasm on behalf of the administration that the 2014 Prom will be held on a Paddle Boat on the St. Croix River.

Coronation will take place at the high school as usual, but at a different time, which will be further decided. Once coronation is over, a bus will take the students to Stillwater where they will board the boat. Students will arrive back at the high school for the usual post-prom activities by midnight.

There was also an update given on the DuPont Imprelis claim, which was that currently there still is no check in hand for the school district. The administration is to be given a weekly update on the progress of the claim, which is taking longer due in part to the school being a public entity.

In other business, there were a handful of items approved by the Board including the changing of the word “sex” to “gender” in the handbooks and policies 411, Equal Education Opportunities, and 511, Equal Employment Opportunity and Nondiscrimination in Employment.

The Board also approved the increase of Adult breakfast prices from $1.40 to $1.80, which will become effective on Monday, December 16.

The Board approved Jon Standaert as the new middle school wrestling coach. He along with John Thatcher were also approved to be volunteer coaches for the varsity program.

Lastly, the Board approved two substitute teachers, the open enrollment exception application for a tenth grade student and the request for a “Tuition Waiver Due to Move” for a seventh grade student.