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Glenwood City Board of Education finalizes the budget for the 2018/19 school year

By Amber Hayden

GLENWOOD CITY — The Glenwood City Board of Education has finalized their budget for the 2018/19 school year.

Superintendent Tim Johnson explained to the board that the Glenwood City school district will receive $5,409,712 in state aid which is $91,000 less than last year’s state aid.

“Now we need to get the parameters out to the principalities and allow them to see what the taxes will be for the year,” stated Johnson.

The district will look to adjust the levy to the maximum amount of $1.2 million in order to pay out the referendum and other bills the schools acquired throughout the school year. It is his belief that the $2.5 million dollar tax levy is favorable for the community and the Glenwood City students.

The Board of Education approved the $2,543,201 budget for the 2018/19 school year during the committee meeting.

Middle School/High school principal Patrick Gretzlock noted they will begin a pilot program with the middle school, explaining it will be based on how the student is doing in classes without the use of words such as advanced or proficient.

The Soft Skill Rubric will show parents that the students are either completing tasks or not completing their assignments, as well as showing if the students are respectful of one another and the teaching staff.

“It’s just a little more straight forward with grades, and it will hopefully generate more communication between parents, students and staff members,” Gretzlock stated.

Glenwood City Elementary’s new student council adviser, Holly Olson, attended the meeting in order to let the board know that currently underway at the elementary school was this year’s “Socktober.”

From October 15 through the 26 students are encouraged to bring any type of socks to the school for donation to the Neighbors in Need program. Other items of clothing such as hats, gloves or coats are accepted as well – it is not just limited to socks.

The Glenwood City Board of Education will meet again on November 12 with a committee meeting at 5:30 followed by the board meeting at 6:30.

During the consent agenda the Glenwood City Board of Education:

• Approved the financial statement.

• Approved Laura Giammattei as a Substitute Teacher.

• Approved the resignation of Junior Varsity Boys’ Basketball coach Austin Sandow.

• Approved Betsy Haltinner as the DECA Adviser.

• Accepted a donation from Mike and Marilyn Wheeler for golf.

• Accepted a donation of $1,000 from Xcel Energy for the Glenwood City Elementary. 

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