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By Amber Hayden
GLENWOOD CITY— At Monday evening’s, April 8, Board of Education meeting, the proper procedure on how to fill the empty chair on the board was discussed.
Superintendent Tim Johnson discussed with Board members how the one remaining seat will be filled as well as explaining that it will be a two year term for the appointed member.
“We reached out to Steve Davis and Danielle Unruh about the position,” Johnson said. “Steve has already sent in a letter to be considered for the position.”
Unruh remains on the fence about coming to the April 22 meeting, which is when the Board will appoint a new member, explaining she doesn’t feel she will be able to beat Davis out after he had gotten more votes then her in the election.
Also during the April 22 meeting incumbents that were elected, Lori Klinger and Sally Standaert, will be sworn into office before the appointment will take place in order to help with the decision making.
During the administrative report, Nicole Brite asked the Board to consider approving a sum up to $20,000 for the purpose of buying new books for the middle/high school and elementary libraries.
The money will come from the Common School Fund which has a roll over amount of $27,000 roughly, according to Brite, the funds are in a use it or lose it situation and all materials purchased with the Common School Fund must remain in the library.
Brite also explained that she along with librarian Angela Williams have discussed ways to spend the remaining amount in the Common School Fund by adding guided reading materials and a form of technology.
The library has added $10,000 in new books in the middle/high school library and roughly $8,000 in the elementary library, but after a ten percent discount from Permabrand the cost was brought down to $16,000.
“We went with Permabrand because if a book is broken they will replace it,” said Brite.
The Board of Education also approved the tuck-pointing and caulking project to be completed by the middle of June in the amount of $158,000.
The project was bid on by three separate companies with Hanson Masonry and Concrete getting the bid on the project.
Tim Johnson explained that if the Board decided to wait to approve the funding, that the tuck pointing work would need to be done in the next two to three years.
Tuck pointing and caulking will reinforce the concrete of the building to help with water leaks that have begun to pop up in various areas of the school buildings.
The work will begin sometime in late May after students are out of school and is only a three week project according to Hanson Masonry.
There are five valedictorians this year for Glenwood City, each of the five students maintained a 4.0 GPA through seven semesters of classes. This year’s valedictorians are Olivia Janson, Jatelyn Johnson, Abby Kremer, Tressa Peskar, and Margaret Wallin. One student, Rebecca Peterson, earned the distinction of salutatorian.
During the meeting the Board of Education:
• Approved the February financial statement.
• Approved the Basketball Booster Club Donation.
• Approved Carol McCarthy as a ParaProfessional substitute.
• Approved Julie Stansbury as a support staff substitute.
• Approved the technology purchase of 17 75” Activpanel PCs totaling $75,030.50.
• Approved Lori Klinger as CESA Convention Representative.
• Approved Tuck-pointing and Caulking project in the amount of $158,000.
• Approved common school fund spending of $20,000.
The Glenwood City Board of Education will meet again on April 22 with a 5:30 p.m. committee meeting and a regular board meeting to follow at 6:30 p.m.