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The Glenwood City School Board Monday evening took action to approve new wage schedule for teachers and staff plus spending on some Capital items.
The board approved a 35-cent an hour increase for the support staff and a four percent increase for bus drivers. The support staff increase amounts to a 4.8 percent overall increase bringing the pay range from $14.70 to $18.90 an hour.
Bus driver’s base pay is set at $1,544.05 per month plus mileage at $3.65 per mile. The teaching staff will get an overall increase of 3.3 percent. Their salary will range is from $41,400 to $68,000. The board also approve their Capital Improvements with new student furniture in the middle school at a cost of $22,351. A mow strip on the north side of the building at a cost of up to $20,000. A 15 passenger van at less than $27,000 and new padding for the gym stage and north wall at a cost of $14,225 and a new gym roll-up-curtain that is fire retardant for $22,250.
High School Principal Patrick Gretzlock reported to the board about several grants to the Ag Department, including a $1,000 grant provided by the Sand County Foundation that is allowing students to connect to the importance of conservation. The grant is being utilized to increase and rejuvenate the school prairie. The old growth was burned by the Glenwood City Fire Department and will be replanted with 640 Native flowers and plants. The money is being used to buy planting equipment and germination mats.
A $1,000 Ag in the Classroom Grant and Learning to Grow Center will be a school garden and composting site where students have the opportunity to plant and harvest crops.
A $4,600 Living to Serve Grant and Animal Science to improve the school animal science programs. The grant money is being used to purchase OSU development learning kits, 3D models, hands on lab supplies, rabbit cages and equipment, and poultry rearing equipment.
Gretzlock also informed the school board about the sapping season that went well. “Students managed our two sapping facilities and we were able to produce around 2,000 gallons of sap which should equate to around 45 gallons of syrup for us to bottle,” Gretzlock said.
In the administrative report to the board Nicole Brite reported about the Summer School and that about 72 students requested transportation by district bus. She also informed the board about some $7,500 left over in the Common School Fund Spending that will be used to purchase 40 chrome books.
Elementary School Principal Betsy Haltinner and Special Education instructor Nicole Langman gave the board an lengthly update on the Title One program. Haltinner also reported on the year end elementary events including the concert on May 2nd. Gretzlock reported to the board about the senior trip scheduled for May 1st and 2nd, that includes a visit to the Mall of America and Twins Baseball game. He also gave an update on the State Assessment test and a challenge with Boyceville, noting Boyceville won the last challenge. He indicated that the loser would be required to wear the opposing school colors.
School Superintendent Tim Johnson gave the board an update on budget matters and noted the Administrative Assistance Appreciation Day on April 24. He indicated that these are the people that keep things running. He also noted teacher appreciation day will be May 8 and invited the board to attend.
The next meeting of the school board will be on May 13 with committees meeting at 5:30 and the board meeting set for 6:30 p.m.