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Student admission to athletic events is now free in Glenwood City

By Kelsie Hoitomt

GLENWOOD CITY – At the regular school board meeting on Monday, a discussion took place regarding student admission fees to athletic events.

The idea to allow students in the Glenwood City School District free admission to games was presented by Athletic Director, Pat Gretzlock who felt this was a fair idea and is something that could potentially bring more families and students to events.

It was emphasized however that students are still required to pay athletic fees for participation in a given sport.

The motion was made by Dr. Lisa Kaiser and seconded by Lori Klinger to eliminate student admission fees for all school sponsored, home athletic events with the exclusion of WIAA tournaments as those admission fees are mandatory.

Along with the sports theme, a change in game worker rates was also approved with Middle school rates set at $30 per night for supervision and $25 per night for other workers such as clock, ticket sales, scoring and book keeping.

In the high school, approval was made for a change to $40 per night for supervision and $30 per night for those other workers listed above.

That accounted for a $1,700 adjustment/transfer of funds within the budget for the middle school rate and then an increase of $2,400 to $2,500 for the high school rates.

In other news, a discussion during the Buildings, Grounds and Transportation report took place on strategic planning and the organization of a task force.

It was decided that the first task force would address physical building and grounds needs and that subsequent groups could address other topics such as programs and services.

Board President Dr. Charles Rasmussen, Lori Klinger and Charlotte Heimer volunteered to serve on the task force.

A task force was originally brought up by Superintendent Tim Johnson as a means of getting the community better involved with the school district.

Also in that report, there was discussion about the memorial pavers in the flagpole area and the possible purchase of a memorial monument for the service paver area near the football field and track.

It was decided that the district would purchase the monument from Melgard Monuments at a reduced cost with emblems for each branch of service on one side of the monument and the GC logo with a message on the other side.

President Rasmussen stated that he would secure the stone for the monument and request layout options for further Board review.

Further business approved included the increase of 1.46 percent in hourly/annual salary for support, teaching and administrative staff for the 2014-15 school year. The vote was approved unanimously with Rasmussen abstaining.

The Board also approved the change to handbook sections 13 and 14 relating to paid time off with Rasmussen abstaining from that vote as well.

The next Board meeting is scheduled for Monday, August 25 at 6:30 p.m. in the board room.