Glenwood City school board approves Spanish trip
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GLENWOOD CITY — A trip to Costa Rica for Spanish students in the Glenwood City School District was approved during the board of education’s May 8 meeting.
Spanish teacher Amanda Sandor appeared before the board during the staff presentation portion of the meeting and explained the details and logistics of a proposed trip to Costa Rica next year. Sandor said the nine-day trip, which is tentatively set for June of 2024, would be an immersive learning experience of not only language but culture where those participating students would spend nearly a week living with a host family.
Sandor said the per student cost of $3,314 was based on the approximate participation of ten to 12 students. An adult chaperon for each six students was also part of the discussion.
She said fundraising efforts are being discussed and that scholarships and other financial assistance to offset the cost of the trip were also available. The enrollment deadline is October 15 with the first payment installment due in mid-November.
During another staff presentation, fifth grade students from the classrooms of Aubrey Tackmann and Jordyn Halverson showcased their projects in English Language Arts and math.
Working in tandems, Carson Thayer and Kain Creech and Ayla Voeltz and Lila White presented their results from student-led interviews with fellow students, teachers, family and community members, as well as school administrators and board members that were based on a series of questions on “What does Freedom mean to you?”
In the other project students used geometric shapes and calculations to create a humanoid character.
In other business, the board approved a revision to policy 171.2 which deals with the methods of operation used to determined meeting agendas. Also approved was the issuance of contracts and letters of employment for the 2023-24 school year to all current teaching staff, as well as salaried and hourly support staff.
The board also accepted the resignation of district information and technology specialist Chad Seibel and approved a posting for an assistant football coach.