GCHS announces top students of the Class of 2017

GLENWOOD CITY – On Monday evening the Glenwood City School Board learned who the top two students of the Class of 2017 are. Elementary Principal Betsy Haltinner introduced the Class of 2017 Valedictorian and Salutatorian to the Board at their meeting.

Haltinner told the board that she had the honor of introducing the students to the board in place of High School Principal Pat Gretzlock, who was unable to attend the February 27th meeting. Haltinner presented Tia Carlson, daughter of Tom and Joan Carlson as the Valedictorian and Taylor Drinkman, daughter of Gary and Mary Jo Drinkman as the Salutatorian.

Both Tia and Taylor were asked by board members what their future plans are and both indicated that at this time they were undecided. The board offered their congratulations to the two who had earned the top honors of the class.

In other school board action, District Administrator Tim Johnson praised Barb Meser for her years of service to the school. Meser is retiring as high school secretary and the board approved her retirement. They also approved hiring of Logan Bergland as an assistant track coach. The board also approved the hiring of Tim Miller as a teachers’ aide and custodian.

Haltinner informed the board that a seventh grader will be participating in the state spelling bee to be held in Madison. She praised Lindsey Bazille for winning the first bee and then placing second at Turtle Lake to propel her to the state event.

Before the board meeting, the board committee discussed making changes to the school policy regarding the community use of school buildings. One of the proposed changes would be that the Board of Education will not allow use of school facilities on Sunday, except in rare or unique circumstances and then only if approved by the administration and the school board.

Another proposed change would increase the cost of the rental fee to profit groups to $500 for a half day of use and to $750 for a full day of use. During the board meeting, board member Judy Achterhof noted that the board needs more discussion on the policy changes before it can act.