• East Mills Hires New Principal

    MALVERN - East Mills has found its new principal.

    Linda Rempe was offered and accepted the junior-senior high school’s new principal job last week and was formally approved by the East Mills School Board in a special meeting last Monday at the school.

    East Mills Superintendent Paul Croghan said Rempe’s experience stood out among the five interviews Croghan and the district conducted in June.

  • East Mills Principal Hiring Process Criticized

    After appearing to have its middle-high school principal position filled, the East Mills Community School District is once again interviewing candidates to fill the post vacated by Andy Irwin.

    The district appeared to have hired Joanne Morenz to fill the principal position when she was offered and accepted the job May 21. But, two days later, Morenz declined the position and withdrew from consideration, according to East Mills Superintendent Paul Croghan.

  • School District Administrators, Department Directors Getting Raises

    The Glenwood Board of Directors approved 3.75 percent raises for the school district’s department directors and administrators.

    In a unanimous 5-0 vote at Monday’s meeting in the Glenwood Community High School Media Center, the board formally approved the total package increases effective for the 2015-2016 school year. The raises cover 13 district employees – seven directors and six administrators – and comes on the heels of 4 percent raises for the district’s teachers and non-union classified staff.

  • School District Sets 2015-16 Calendar

    The  Glenwood Community School District has locked in its 2015-2016 school calendar.
    Classes will begin in Glenwood Monday, Aug. 24. The last day of school will be May 27, 2016.

    The school start in Glenwood will be 11 days later than the recently-completed 2014-2015 year. The change, which is impacting districts all over the state, reflects a new state law barring Iowa school districts from starting school earlier than Aug. 23.

  • Public Hearing Monday For School District Budget

    The Glenwood School District Board of Education will hold a public hearing Monday evening  in the Glenwood Community High School Media Center to present the proposed 2015-2016 school district budget.

  • GCHS Has Plans For Courtyard

    Betsy Maryott looks out her classroom window overlooking the courtyard at Glenwood Community High School and she doesn’t see a green space.

    At least, not a true green space.

    So Maryott, a science teacher at the high school, decided to do something about it. For years she’s bandied about the idea of better utilizing the courtyard at the high school.

    Her idea?

  • Glenwood Community School Foundation Seen As Opportunity To 'Enrich Education'

    To enrich educational opportunities and foster educational excellence.

    Those two objectives are among the core principles behind the recently-created Glenwood Community School Foundation, according to Craig Patzer, a member of both the foundation’s board of directors and the Glenwood Board of Education.

    “It’s a great endeavor and a neat opportunity for people that want to give back to the community and help enrich education and opportunities for kids to become more successful,” Patzer said.

  • 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.