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Rasmussen family donates memorial bench to school

By Kelsie Hoitomt

GLENWOOD CITY — At Monday night’s meeting, the Glenwood City Board of Education accepted the donation of a black granite memorial bench on behalf of the Charles Rasmussen Family.

The bench will be placed on the school grounds near the athletic fields where the memorial pavers are currently placed.

 Etched in white lettering will be the words “you will find me in the front row cheering for you- Ellen Ainsworth KIA-WWII”.

Those are the words among others that were written by Ellen in Charles Rasmussen’s yearbook before she was deployed.

Ellen is the only woman from Wisconsin to die from enemy fire in World War II. When a German bomb dropped on the Anzio beachhead, she was struck with shrapnel and died at the age of 24.

Ellen is buried at the nearby Sicily-Rome American Cemetery in Nettuno and is featured as one of eight Armed Forces members in the cemetery’s Sacrifice Gallery.

Now that the donation has been approved, the process of ordering and delivery will take roughly six to eight weeks.

The Board looked at pictures of a black granite monument that looks in shape and size like a headstone that is etched with the military badges; Army National Guard, U.S. Department of the Army, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Navy, and the Air National Guard.

There will be possible further discussion on purchasing something like this to place in the memorial area as well just to further accentuate what that space near the flag pole truly means, which is a place of honor to those who served our country and sacrificed themselves.

In terms of projects, the Board also approved bids from Accurate Construction for concrete work around the school grounds.

Those projects will include an apron added to the front of the new shed that sits in the lower parking lot for $2,320.

Also a pad near the baseball field, which will allow for a bleacher to be place near the fence where water tends to pool each spring; priced at $3,475.

And lastly, cement will be poured on the south side of the school to extend the loading dock with a 12×30 foot slab that is 30 inches high. This will allow the dumpsters to rest against the side of the slab and garbage can be pushed into them instead of lifted; priced at $6,600.

In other news, Jena Carey was approved for hire as the new 4K/Title I Teacher after Ellen Stabenow resigned from the position.

Paige Borgerson held that position last school year, but she will be shifting to Reading Specialist, which she has been in the process of getting licensed for already.

To provide assistance with those duties, paraprofessional aide, Beth Davis was approved to full time status instead of working a 29-hour week.

During the Administrator Report, Principal and Athletic Director Patrick Gretzlock, discussed changing the fees during extra-curricular events.

He stated that it is his proposal to the Board to get rid of student fees and make all extra-curricular events, such as sports games, free to all students in the District.

Superintendent Tim Johnson told the Board that the school makes a yearly revenue of roughly $5,000 from those student fees. He advised the Board to think on it and discuss it at the August meeting.

In other business, the Board approved a 66:0301 Agreement for OT services with Menomonie.

The Board approved Richard Croes as the C-Squad football coach and they accepted the resignation of Tina Rasmussen as assistant track coach.

An alternative open enrollment application of a 4th grade student was also approved as part of the Consent Agenda.