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GC Elementary signs into contract with Smiles 4 Life

GLENWOOD CITY — At Monday night’s School Board meeting, Elementary Principal, Betsy Haltinner shared that she along with Superintendent Tim Johnson had signed a contract with the non-profit organization, Smiles 4 Life, Inc.

This means that starting this fall for the 2015-16 school year, students will have the opportunity to receive full preventative dental care provided by the organization’s team of professionals.

Their mission is to provide care to those children who do not receive the services they need due to a lack of insurance coverage.

Their preventative hygiene program includes oral screenings, cleanings, fluoride varnish, individualized oral hygiene instructions, sealants with retention checks, dental referrals when medically necessary, follow up care with a consistent team of professionals and interactive education for school classrooms and assemblies.

More information can either be found by contacting the school or by searching their website at

A booth provided by Smiles 4 Life is also scheduled to be set up during the open house at the start of the new school year this the fall.

Haltinner also shared with the Board that a piece of old playground equipment had been removed, which has opened up room for the new items. Installation is to begin right after the school year ends.

There are plans for an official ribbon cutting ceremony that will introduce the new and improved playground, but a final date has not yet been set.

Also the school grounds will be getting new trees. Shortly the Agriculture students will plant ten trees, which were donated by Bobolink Nursery just outside of Menomonie.

The placement is not set in stone yet, but students are thinking of having them planted along the path from the concession stand to the track/football field and then along the road at the East end of the complex.

On the other side of the sports facility, the baseball field received a bit of a face lift over the weekend.

Several students, parents and community members came together to put up a banner along the outfield, which acts as a wind break. It replaces the old chain fence and is blue with the Hilltopper logo and colors to match.

Action items approved at the meeting included all unanimous votes from the Board, minus Jon Mrdutt and Charlotte Stout who were absent.

Items included, the approval of May 21, 2016 as the date for the graduation ceremony with the start time at 11:00 a.m.

A survey was sent out to the junior class and their guardians with that weekend on it, the weekend of Memorial Day or the first weekend in June. The weekend prior to Memorial Day was voted heavily in favor.

The Board approved a 1.62 percent increase in wages for all staff for the 2015-16 school year.

The Board approved the Individual Contracts and Letters of Employment for 2015-16 staffing.

The Board approved the Resolution awarding the sale of $9,240,000 General Obligation School Improvement Bonds; providing the form of bonds and levying a tax in connection therewith.

In regards to the referendum, the District was able to lock in a 2.77 percent interest rate on the bond, which sets the mill rate at that 83 cent figure.

The Board approved the authority of the District Administrator to enter into referendum contracts with Miron Construction, Wold and ICS-Consultants on behalf of the District.

The Board also approved the posting for a full time teacher, which has been made available due to the shift in roles throughout the administration.

As a reminder, this is the only meeting the Board has scheduled this month due to the observance of Memorial Day.