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Education

  • East Mills Passes PPEL

    MALVERN - The second time turned out to be the charm for the East Mills Community School District’s Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL).

    Four months after rejecting a similar referendum, East Mills School District voters have approved a PPEL levy increase of $1.34 per $1,000 of taxable valuation for a 10-year period in the district.  The measure passed with 54 percent of the votes saying “yes” to the increase in the Feb. 3 special election.

  • School District Braces For Teacher Retirements In Last Year Of Incentive

    Stan Winquist came to Glenwood to teach in 1979.

    For more than three decades, he’s taught ag education and then industrial arts. His work with in the classroom brought him a nomination from the Iowa Department of Education for Teacher of the Year in 2014.

  • School Board Secretary Retires

    Shirley Lundgren has spent more than 30 years dealing in education finances, including the last eight in Glenwood, as a school board secretary.

    During that time she attended hundreds of board meetings, jotting down notes and clarifying school financial protocols. But at last Monday’s Glenwood Community School District Board of Directors meeting, Lundgren did something she’s never done.

    She sat in the audience and watched.

  • Auxiliary Gym Construction Slowed By Weather

    Supplemental Amount (MSA) for dropout prevention in the amount of $390,948.

    The funds, which are used for at-risk students and drop-out prevention programs, are approved Despite being 30 days behind schedule, construction of the Glenwood Community High School auxiliary gym is still projected to be completed in time for the start of the 2015-16 school year.

  • They Call Him 'Hutch'

    Hutch.
    Mr. Hutch.
    Mr. Hutchinson.
    Principal Hutch.

    Whatever students and staff prefer to call new Glenwood Community High School Principal Richard “Hutch” Hutchinson, they can all agree he has been a visible presence since taking over the high school’s top spot over the summer.

  • New Director Sees Growth For Glenwood Band

    The way Dave Clark sees it, there’s no reason to do a lot of tinkering with an instrumental music program that’s enjoyed decades of success.

    “I’d like to maintain the tradition this program has built over the years,” the new director of instrumental music at Glenwood Community High School said. “The reputation of Glenwood’s band program is known across the state.”

  • Jennie Ed Provides GCHS With Athletic Trainer

    Glenwood Community High School has contracted with Jennie Edmundson Physical Therapy to provide a full-time athletic trainer for all sports at the high school.

    Jennie Edmundson, a division of Methodist Health System, has been providing full-time athletic trainers to Council Bluffs’ four high schools for nearly 20 years. But this is the first time the program has extended outside Council Bluffs. Glenwood is the first non-Council Bluffs high school to be offered the full-time service.

  • Glenwood Homecoming This Weekend

    More than a dozen class reunion celebrations are expected to take place this weekend during the annual Glenwood Homecoming celebration.

    The reunions, Friday afternoon parade,  Friday night football game and Saturday night coronation are among the highlights of the community-wide celebration that will bring hundreds of visitors to Glenwood.
    Glenwood Band Parents are coordinating the 2014 Homecoming Parade Friday at 1:30 p.m.  The parade theme is ”Video Games.”

  • Families May Be Owed Money In School Food Settlement

    If you paid for your child’s food at a K-12 school in Iowa between Jan. 1, 2000, and Aug. 1, 2014, there’s a good chance you’re entitled to a financial settlement as part of a class action lawsuit.

    The lawsuit alleges Iowa Educators Corporation (IEC) and the Iowa Association for Educational Purchasing (IAEP) violated state law by awarding food service contracts across Iowa to Martin Brothers Distributing Company, Inc.

  • PPEL Defeat A Setback For East Mills

    MALVERN - East Mills School District voters have rejected a levy referendum that would have generated $400,000 in new revenue for the school district.
    The district had sought a Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL) increase of $1.34 per $1,000 of taxable valuation for a 10-year period. The district currently has a 33 cent per $1,000 PPEL in place.

    On Tuesday, Sept. 9, voters said no to that increase by a 403-to-345 margin. The referendum required a simple majority to pass.