By Kelsie Hoitomt
GLENWOOD CITY — Recently, members of the school board and administrative team attended the 2015 Wisconsin State Education Convention. The 94th Convention took place in Milwaukee on January 21-23.
This event is held in collaborative effort by the Wisconsin School Board Association (WASB), Wisconsin Association of School District Administrators (WASDA), and Wisconsin Association of School Business Officials (WASBO).
This year was a special event for the members of the School District of Glenwood City as Board President, Dr. Charles (Skip) Rasmussen was recognized for completing 20 years of service on the school board by the Executive Director of the WASB, John Ashley.
Dr. Rasmussen was highlighted on the main stage as he was brought forward to receive his plaque in front of several others for his service to the community.
The Board congratulated Skip and thanked him for his leadership and contribution to the students and staff.
In other news, the Board met on Monday night for their first meeting of the month of February.
Superintendent, Tim Johnson updated the Board on the current happenings of the referendum.
He stated that there are now informational boards standing throughout the community. There are also flyers and newsletters that are being created to be mailed out.
And there is a running social media page on Facebook that is being updated often called “Glenwood City School District Referendum”.
There will be two upcoming public informational meetings in regards to the referendum.
The first will be on Monday, March 16 in the Glenwood City Community Center at 7:00 p.m. The second will be on Monday, March 23 in the Glenwood City High School Library at 5:00 p.m.
Johnson also gave an update on the 2015-16 school year budget and stated that currently they are a quarter of a million dollars over budget.
Legislatively, there are changes taking place and recommendations from Governor Scott Walker that are affecting school dollars. Walker is recommending a $150.00 per pupil cut, which accounts for well over $30,000 of the school’s “income”.
Administratively there is a lot of discussion to be had still in regards to how the budget will be balanced and worked out.
There were only two items approved at the meeting aside from the collaborative consent agenda. The Board approved renewals for the girls hockey cooperative team and the boys hockey cooperative team.
There are some fun upcoming events in the Elementary on the schedule. On Tuesday the students celebrated their 100th day.
They are also in the process of completing their “Driven to Better Health” program, which has replaced Movin’ and Munchin’ this year.
The students have a month to complete a nutrition and exercise log. The school with the most logged information will have the opportunity to meet Green Bay Packer alum, Donald Driver.
Then on Saturday, February 28 students will be hosting a Pancake Breakfast from 8-11:00 a.m. There are pre-sale tickets available. The money raised will go towards new playground equipment.
And last but not least, the students will celebrate Dr. Seuss Week on March 2-6. The Cat In The Hat will be visiting again this year and the kids will be given birthday cake mid-week.