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Education

  • Kay Fast 'Humbled' By Teaching Award

    Glenwood Community High School vocal music instructor Kay Fast was honored last week as one of two recipients of the Charles E. Lakin Outstanding Teacher Awards. Red Oak kindergarten teacher Melinda Smits was also recognized. Fast’s award was presented during a surprise ceremony in front of her colleagues, students and family members.    

  • National Honor Society

    The 24 new members of the Glenwood Honor Keys chapter of the National Honor Society were inducted at a ceremony in the Glenwood Community High School auditorium last Monday, April 2.

        The formal induction took place following an address from GCHS principal Kerry Newman and a ceremonial candle-lighting ceremony involving current members of the Glenwood Honor Keys chapter.

  • Activities Director Arkfeld Stepping Down

    Scott Arkfeld has resigned as Glenwood Community High School activities director and assistant principal, effective at the end the current school year.
    Arkfeld, who has served in his current position for six years, handed in his resignation on Feb. 17. It was accepted by the Glenwood School District Board of Directors at their monthly meeting on Monday.

    In an interview last week, Arkfeld, citing a desire to spend more time with his family, said he felt like the time was right for him to step down.

  • Hands-on Learning Experience

    Students who are interested in pursuing a career in engineering, electronics or the technical trades are getting a head start on their post-secondary education or potential occupation through a pair of courses offered at Glenwood Community High School.

  • Earlier Start To School Year

        The first semester will end at Christmas break in the 2012-2013 school year, so says the Glenwood Community School District Board of Directors in a measure passed at last Monday's regular board meeting.
        The board voted unanimously to begin the next school year Aug. 15 for third through 12th graders and Aug. 16 for kindergarten through second grade. Classes began Aug. 24 for the current school year.

  • Revenue Purpose Statement Vote

         Glenwood Community School District voters approved the school district’s revenue purpose statement by a nearly 4-to-1 margin in a special election last Tuesday.
        Approval of the revenue purpose statement allows the district to extend its existing one-cent sales tax revenue stream until 2029. That fund, now called the Advanced Vision for Education (SAVE) Fund, is a legislatively restricted revenue stream allowing districts to improve only its school infrastructure or service its existing debt.

  • Glenwood School District Election

    You can scream it from the mountain top, ‘No new taxes.’”

    That’s how Glenwood Community School District Superintendent Devin Embray describes the process of explaining the district’s Revenue Purpose Statement as voters head to the voting booths next Tuesday to decide the fate of the district’s 1-cent sales tax fund.

    “This is not a new tax,” Embray said of the revenue purpose statement. “This is the state’s one-cent sales tax and they basically added a penny for schools and they added a penny for cities. This money is already coming in to the district right now.”

  • Investigation Continues

    Glenwood Police Chief Eric Johansen said his department is continuing its investigation into an alleged sexual assault of a student at Glenwood Community High School by a former school district employee.

    Andrew Schoening, 19, is accused of sexually abusing a 15-year-old female student inside a closet at the school.

  • STOP Means STOP

    The Glenwood Community School District is asking motorists to stop.

        Stop passing through the flashing red and the stop arm of its school buses.
        In a typical year, the district sees a dozen reports of drivers ignoring school buses stopped to drop off or pick up students. Already this year, the district has 19 reports of motorists passing stopped school buses.

  • GCSD Revenue Purpose Statement

         On Feb. 7, Glenwood Community School District voters will have an opportunity to vote on a new Revenue Purpose Statement directing the school district's spending of its 1-cent sales tax revenues.