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By Amber Hayden
GLENWOOD CITY — The Glenwood City Board of Education received updates from the administrative staff on grades and the board election process during the November 12 meeting.
High school/middle school principal Patrick Gretzlock presented the board with the current numbers of how many students are failing in the first quarter of the 2018-19 school year.
If students are failing any of their core content classes they are being reassigned to teachers who can help them, this way they are able to receive help and support in order to get the students to be academically successful, Gretzlock explained.
“On November 8 I had a recorded tally of students that actually have a failure for the first quarter,” Gretzlock said.
The disconcerting factor for Gretzlock is that the high school students are not recording one “F,” but are failing multiple classes in the first quarter of the school year. On average between the 18 students who failed classes, the high school is seeing two failures per student.
“To help fix the issue, I will be meeting with students after Thanksgiving break and talk with them about how we can help them,” said Gretzlock.
The high school has also given students an opportunity to get out of the building and experience different job opportunities outside of the Glenwood City community, Gretzlock explained.
“We provided our students, upward of 30 students, the opportunity to attend the National Job Fair in Minneapolis,” he said.
The job fair was geared toward students looking to start a four year degree program.
“It is interesting to see the students takeaways from the opportunities presented to them,” Gretzlock stated.
Superintendent Tim Johnson let the board know that with the upcoming board member elections, those wishing to apply would need to do so by Wednesday, January 2, by 5 p.m.
A registration statement and declaration of candidacy must be notarized before being turned in to the school district for anyone wishing to apply.
The following incumbent spots will be open for election: John Logghe, Lori Klinger and Sally Standaert.
The election for the board members will take place on April 2, and April 22 is when the new members will be sworn in and begin their three year term.
In other business, the Glenwood City Board of Education:
• Approved a donation from Larry and Ellie Mousel for $5,000 to the Topper Partnership Foundation.
• Approved Isaac Voeltz as substitute custodian and maintenance worker.
• Approved Steven Pax as JV boys basketball coach.
• Approved the final reading of Policy 112 – Shared Decision Making.
• Approved the final reading of Policy 133 – Filling School Board Vacancies.
The Glenwood City Board of Education will meet again on December 10 with a committee meeting at 5:30 p.m. and the board meeting beginning at 6:30 p.m.