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Glenwood City School Board approves heating contract

GLENWOOD CITY –  As part of the remodeling project set to start at the school, the school board approved a bid for Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) as part of that renovation program. The bid that was accepted was from Miron Construction of Neenah, Wisconsin.

Miron’s bid for the HVAC was just over $3.5 million, plus the board also accepted the plumbing bid from Miron at $99,600. With the added fee their total bid was $3,893,226.

At the Monday, September 28th meeting, the board also approved Vickie Grant as a substitute support staff; Patience Riley as a substitute aide, kitchen and support staff and Heather Kadinger as a substitute kitchen staff. The board also accepted a donation of $863.95 from the Glenwood City Knights of Columbus from the Tootsie Roll drive.

Most of the rest of the meeting was consumed with reports from the administration team. Superintendent Tim Johnson gave the board an update on the budget and informed the board that at their October 26th meeting the board would have to give its approval to the final budget figures. He indicated that it would not be much different than what was approved at the annual meeting.

Johnson touched on the September student count and said that for state purposes there are 752 students enrolled in the district. He informed the board that there are 67 students enrolled out of the district and 44 coming in by the way of open enrollment. Earlier in the meeting, Johnson had mentioned that there were three more students in, than he had figured at the annual meeting, but elementary Principal Betsy Haltinner indicated, “Three more enrolled today.”

Haltinner updated the board on PK-5 Math and talked about finding resources that meet the needs of the students. She presented a graph of student performance from the spring 2015 Star assessments that indicated that ten percent of the elementary students were just under the guidelines and about 11 percent were struggling. She indicated to the board how those students were receiving extra help.

District Assistant Principal Nicole Bright informed the board that early student testing “went off without a hitch.” She told the board about what tests would be held in the spring including the ACT. In his written report, High School Principal Patrick Gretzlock noted that the “new seven hour class schedule is being met with some pitfalls.”

During the review of the financial statements and the list of paid checks, board member Judy Achterhof questioned the superintendent about a check in the amount of $4,890.00 made out to the superintendent. Johnson replied that it paid for a class about Special Education that he attended.

The board’s next meeting is set for October 12 at 6:30 p.m.