Glenwood City Board of Education picks April ballot order, prepares for state convention

By Cara L. Dempski

GLENWOOD CITY — The Glenwood City Board of Education set the ballot order for the two seats up for grabs in April Monday evening.

The board met January 8 at the high school for the first of its regular monthly meetings, hearing updates on building activities and teacher opportunities for professional development, but also covered the upcoming election and resolutions before the Wisconsin Association of School Boards next week at the annual State Education Convention.

[emember_protected] The seats currently occupied by board vice president Judy Achterhof and member Chuck Draxler come up for election in April. While Achterhof has served on the board for several years, Draxler is a relative newcomer, having been appointed to fulfill the term of Dr. Charles Rasmussen after the latter’s resignation from the board last year.

The duo are being challenged by Lisa D. Logghe for one of the two seats and a full, three-year term. In the random name drawing to determine the ballot order, Logghe was first, Achterhof second, and Draxler third.

With that business taken care of, the board moved on to hearing updates on state testing progress and timelines, professional development for instructional staff, and upcoming activities in all three schools. Superintendent Tim Johnson also provided some information on enrollment, sparsity aid, summer school, and the school calendar.

Among the items discussed under committee reports were how the Glenwood City delegate plans to vote on the 13 resolutions proposed by the WASB during the 2017 delegate assembly January 17, 18 and 19 at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee.

Draxler and Achterhof will be attending, along with Tryn Gross and Johnson. Gross will serve as this year’s voting delegate during the assembly. This year’s resolutions cover repeal of previous, outdated resolutions, hours of instruction, high-poverty aid, voucher transparency, per-pupil reimbursement for transporting voucher pupils, safe and welcoming school environments, WIAA autonomy, implementation of NCSL “no time to lose” report recommendations, local fiscal control, recovery school districts, referendum restrictions, and teacher certification and licensure.

Further information about each of the resolutions can be found at https://www.wasb.org/advocacy-government-relations/delegate-assembly/ by clicking on “Final Report to the Membership on Proposed 2018 Resolutions.”

In other business during open session, the board:

• Approved Awbria Simmons as a substitute teacher.

• Approved the second, and final, reading of Policy 378 regarding video/audio recording of students and/or staff, and approved the first readings of policies 860 (visitors to school) and 882 (governmental agencies and student contact).

• Approved Tryn Gross as the delegate for the 2018 WASB assembly.

• Approved the 2018-2019 open enrollment seat parameters.

The board then adjourned to closed session to discuss a custodial hire and personnel considerations and responsibilities. The district administrative assistant later indicated no action was taken during the session. [/emember_protected]