Top students for Glenwood City Class of 2015 named

GLENWOOD CITY — The school board was introduced to the Valedictorian and Salutatorian of the Glenwood City High School Class of 2015. High School Principal Patrick Gretzlock presented Todd Petersen, Jr. and Leslie Ludtke to the board at their meeting Monday, March 28.

 Petersen earned the Valedictorian honors with a grade point average of 4.0 Gretzlock told the board, while Ludtke had a grade point average of 3.97. Gretzlock presented both students with a certificate for the honor they have obtained.

Petersen is the son of Todd and Tracey Petersen of Emerald and Leslie is the daughter of Jon and Kirsten Ludtke of Downing.

Gretzlock also informed the board that the class of 2015 has 42 graduating students and he said that 22 have a grade point average at or above 3.0 with eleven with a grade point average above 3.5.

In other action the school board approved the Cheerleader Booster Club’s $300 scholarships to senior cheerleaders. They are: Kayla Hill, Natasha Rassbach, Isabella Nadeau and Erin Drinkman. The Board also approved the retirement request from Susan Klatt from the Food Service Staff. They also approved a high school football camp in Houston, MN at the end of June.

But the board was asked to approve a request to take Art Club students on an overnight trip to Spring Green to tour the House on the Rock. Board member Judy Achterhof questioned the schedule about where they were staying and what the agenda was. After a short discussion the board approved the request with stipulations that they be informed about their questions and about who is going to chaperon the group.

Superintendent Tim Johnson informed the board on several items including that the district had saved money on fuel purchases in this current budget session, and he spoke about the school’s playground equipment needs. But, he said that one of the school’s boilers needs repairs. “This is not in the referendum question,” Johnson told the board. “We did not save enough money in the fuel to cover the $25,000 repair cost.” He noted to the board.

Johnson also talked about next year’s school budget and told the board that the governor’s proposed budget “may not be the $150 cut that we had figured.”

Johnson also talked about a “positive note” for next year’s budget by saying that the district’s three-year average enrollment figures may gain nine students and that can relate to about an additional $9,500 in state aid per student.

Johnson, along with other members of the administration staff discussed the summer school programs’ timeline and that the summer school would be on a four-day ten-hour schedule. Johnson also addressed the staff hours and length of school days for 2015-16. He told the board that he would like an additional half an hour for support staff and teachers and noted that he would have a request for additional compensation to cover this time. His proposal would have student hours from 8:20 a.m. to 3:25 p.m. as compared with the present 8:00 a.m. to 3:16 p.m. Teachers’ time would be from 7:15 to 3:45. The board took no action on the request.

The next board meeting is set for April 13th.