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Glenwood City School’s construction nearing completion

By Laura Giammattei

GLENWOOD CITY — Superintendent Tim Johnson delivered an end-of-summer construction update during the Glenwood City school board meeting on Monday, August 22, and was happy to report that the HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) system is now up and running.

For the last week and a half, the building has maintained 70-72 degrees in all classrooms. The bulk of the work is completed, with the exception being in the new construction areas. All tiling work has also been completed as well. There are still a few minor finishing touches that need attention, however, those items will be completed prior to the first day of school.

The school board discussed service contract options for the HVAC system. The service would cover items such as filter and belt replacements, but would not include repairing broken or malfunctioning parts. The company hired would keep the system clean and up to date as to avoid unnecessary future repairs.

In addition to the HVAC construction, ninety percent of the LED light replacement construction has also been completed throughout the building.

To celebrate construction completion, a ribbon cutting ceremony will be held on Thursday, September 8 at 2:00 P.m.

In regards to the high school and middle school, Principal Patrick Gretzlock delivered an update on the Wednesday, August 17 Focus Area Tools Meeting. Six of the eight staff members of the Focus Area Tools Team, along with four administrators, met to discuss the generation of tools that will be used for observation and self/peer evaluation of district staff which will lead towards improving teaching. The goal here, as always, will be to improve student learning.

The agenda for the August 17 meeting narrowed in on two of the five focus areas: student learning outcomes and instructional strategies. The team will meet again this upcoming Wednesday, August 24 to review and reflect on the discussion that took place last Wednesday. The group will continue to meet throughout the year to continue improving the program.

In Nicole Brite’s Middle and High School Assistant Principal report, she noted that summer school attendance goals were exceeded for each session in the 4K-12 grades: 153 students attended classes in June, 122 in July, and 107 in August with an attendance goal of 75 students per session. The administration recognized and thanked Holy Cross Church for hosting the majority of the summer school sessions.

In the fall athletics preview, a final roster count for all sports has been completed with 25 middle school students and 22 high school students going out for cross country, the football team has a roster of 33 students, varsity volleyball came in at 11 students, nine for junior varsity and nine for the C Team.

The football team played their first away game in Frederic where they came out with a strong 52-0 win. Their first home game will be this upcoming Friday, August 26 against Amery.

The volleyball team played their first scrimmage match against Amery this past Saturday, August 20 and will compete in their first official match, again, against Amery, on Friday, August 26.

For Cross Country, the first invitational will be held in Boyceville this upcoming Thursday, August 25 where a total of 17 schools will compete.

The middle school football team will have equipment handed out the week of August 29 and practice will begin Thursday, September 1. Middle school volleyball will also begin practice the week of August 29.

The school board approved the 2016 Employee Handbook. Specific details can be found on the Glenwood City School District website by clicking on the “resources” link under the “district” menu tab.

The school board approved the Fund 60 Account for the school store.

The school board approved the hiring of two substitute teachers, one substitute bus driver, one paraprofessional, and one food service position. In addition, the school board approved a new high school student council advisor and two volunteer football coaches.

New teacher in-service will begin this upcoming Thursday, August 25, while full staff in-service will begin on Thursday, September 1.

The annual district budget hearing meeting will be held on Monday, September 12 at 7:30 P.m. in the high school library.

The next school board meeting will be held on Monday, September 26 at 6:30 P.m.