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Glenwood City Board of Education hears from administrators on building updates

By Cara L. Dempski

GLENWOOD CITY — Glenwood City district administrators provided the Board of Education with a schedule of December events and building updates during the most recent meeting.

The board gathered December 11 for a final meeting before the holiday break, and discussed building highlights, events, and updates.

Athletic Director and Director of Pupil Services and Special Education Nicole Brite updated the board on the early part of the winter athletic season, providing the board members with team records and where everyone has competed.

Glenwood City Elementary principal Betsy Haltinner informed the board first-trimester report cards went home with students December 8, and said students seemed to have seen success across the board. She also mentioned 107 “Hats Off” awards were given to students during the trimester.

Haltinner also reminded the board about the “Reindeer Games” holiday family fun night scheduled for December 14, and the elementary (grades three through five) concert being held December 19 at 7 p.m.

Middle and high school principal Pat Gretzlock reminded the board of the middle and high school concert scheduled for December 18 at 7 p.m. He also asked art instructor Mary Jones and two of her students to give a presentation on the “Memory Project” undertaken by some GC art students.

According to the Memory Project’s website, the organization “is a charitable nonprofit organization that invites art teachers and their students to create and donate portraits to youth around the world who have faced substantial challenges, such as violence, disasters, extreme poverty, neglect, and loss of parents.”

Jones’ art students have participated in the project for several years. Students Morgan Lee and Keshawn Vang informed the board the portraits they drew this year were for a home for children without parents in Kiev, Ukraine.

Gretzlock praised Jones’ and her students’ involvement in the Memory Project, saying it helped the students gain a wider world view.

In other business, the board discussed the possibility of increasing the elementary guidance time for the 2017-2018 school year to ensure Paula Gretzlock is better able to participate in all aspects of assisting students at GCE.

The board also heard reports and approved first readings of policies for video and/or audio recording of students and/or staff, visitors to school, and law enforcement and student contact. A policy on board governance also went through a first and final reading before receiving approval.

During open session, the board also:

• Approved resignation of Peggy Hansen as support staff, and posting for a full-time, 12-month administrative assistant.

• Approved resignation of custodial staff Lisa Millard and Tim Miller. Miller will be stepping into a full-time, nine-month position as an instructional aide, so the board approved posting for two full-time, 12-month custodial staff members.

• Approved Melissa Devery as a substitute teacher.

• Accepted a $5,000 donation for the Topper Partnership Foundation from Larry and Eleanor Mousel.

• Approved the 2017-2018 budget transfers.

• Approved the 2016-2017 audited financial statement.

The board then adjourned to closed session to discuss the performance of administrative team members and complete the district administrator evaluation.