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Glenwood City School Board exploring LED lighting options

by Laura Giammattei

GLENWOOD CITY — The Glenwood City School Board is currently in the process of discussing options regarding interior lighting within the school.

Currently, two LED light replacement plans are under discussion. One option would be to keep the current fixtures but replace the lighting and wiring contained within. The second option would be to completely replace all the fixtures, which would add to the energy efficiency, but is more labor intensive than the first option.

Both options will significantly reduce the school’s light energy cost by roughly $35,000 per year and comes with a two and a half to three year payout. Superintendent Tim Johnson is currently in the process of collecting more information from various sources before presenting his recommendation and a hard budget to the board.

In other business, Johnson announced that a donation of $500 was made by Thrivent for Terror in the Glen, a yearly 5 and 10k run that occurs at the Glen Hills County Park every October. All proceeds go to the Topper Partnership Foundation for their Academic and Scholarship Program.

High School and middle school Principal Patrick Gretzlock recognized Nicolas Schone for earning the title of Top Finalist at the DECA International Competition in April. Schone placed in the top 10 of 180 students in the personal financial literacy category.

Gretzlock also recognized Rachel Klatt for her artwork that won Congressman Duffy’s Congressional Art Competition. Klatt will receive a trip to Washington D.C. and will also have her winning piece of art hang in the Capitol building for a period of one year.

A motion was made and approved by the board for the end of year payout for three Glenwood City School retirees. The purpose of this motion was to maximize this year’s budget integrity.

The school board approved $876 worth of Box Tops for Education, courtesy of General Mills.

The school board approved a $600 donation to the Volleyball Program from the Glenwood City Volleyball Board. The donation is to help cover a portion of the expenses for the returning varsity players to attend a team drill camp at Camp Randall in Madison, WI.

The school board approved the resignation of Amy Steies in the Food Service Department.

The school board approved Joseph Berends as a full-time bus driver. Berends had been driving part-time for the school since early 2015.

The school board approved Carrie Kjellberg as the new high school Spanish teacher.

The school board approved Jim Celt as a substitute teacher.

The school board approved a track practice session which will be held on Sunday, May 22.

The next board meeting will be held on Monday, May 23 at 6:30 P.M.