John Glenn School Board Looks to Keep Start of School under Local Control

John Glenn School Board

John Glenn School Board President Jeff Johnson told fellow board members Tuesday night there is legislation that could be considered in 2018 that would push back the start date of the school year for all schools. In the beginning, legislation involved mandating the the start date on the Tuesday after Labor Day. Johnson said there is talk now that the mandated start would be the third week in August.

“We want to try as much as we can to keep this under local control so that we can set, according to our community, and our parents and children, when school should start and when it should end,” said Johnson.

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John Glenn School Board Discusses IPad Purchase

The John Glenn School Board members discussed the purchase of 220 iPads for kindergarten, first and second grade students Tuesday night.

Technology Director Andrew Stegemiller explained that the current computers were purchased in 2012 and cannot be updated anymore. He said the computers were reliable and will get a good trade-in price. They need to be traded in soon to keep that pricing.

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John Glenn School Board to Meet Tonight

John Glenn School Board

The John Glenn School Board members will meet tonight where the board will honor the Urey Middle School Spell Bowl Team on their State Spell Bowl Championship. The board also plans to discuss the purchase of 220 iPads for students in kindergarten through the second grade in the amount of $64,680.

The John Glenn School Board will meet tonight at 7 p.m. at the North Liberty Elementary School.

John Glenn School Board to Meet Tonight

John Glenn School Board

The John Glenn School Board members will consider approval of early graduation for two seniors when they meet tonight. While the board members had the requests during their last meeting, the pair was not present. The board asked High School Principal William Morton to notify the students that they must appear at a board meeting to be considered for early graduation. Three similar requests were approved when students met the board earlier this month.

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John Glenn School Board to Meet Tonight

John Glenn School Board

The John Glenn School Board members will consider the 2017-2018 Master Teacher Contract for approval when they meet tonight. The contract will determine wages based on teacher evaluations from the previous year.

The board members will appoint a library board member to the St. Joseph Public Library and consider early graduation requests for five students. Superintendent Richard Reese will also update the board on corporation information and the building principals will have their regular reports. Continue reading

John Glenn Education Foundation Grants Approved

Nine grant applications were recently approved to receive funds from the John Glenn Education Foundation.

Superintendent Richard Reese told the John Glenn School Board members this week that $7,500 to $8,000 worth of grants were awarded to teachers who applied for project funding. He added that the names of teachers who applied for the grants will be released at the next school board meeting in November along with the specific projects and grant amounts.

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John Glenn School Board Approves Resolution to Reduce Appropriations

The John Glenn School Board approved a resolution Tuesday night that would reduce an appropriation by $69,000 to carry over into next year’s budget.

Business Manager Tom Bendy explained that the school board has purchased all of the school buses they are going to purchase this year and the board has the opportunity to move the unused funds to next year’s budget.

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John Glenn School Board to Meet Tonight

John Glenn School Board

The John Glenn School Board will adopt the 2018 budget as advertised. The General Fund is just over $12.7 million with the Capital Projects Fund just under $1.35 million. The transportation fund is $936,000. The total for all funds is $17,730,462.

The school board members will also approve a resolution to reduce an appropriation as well as appoint a library board member to the Walkerton-Lincoln Township Public Library.

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John Glenn School Board Hold Public Hearing on Budget

The John Glenn School Board members held a public hearing on the 2018 budget on Tuesday night.

The 2018 budget estimate for all funds totals $17,730,462. The General Fund is just over $12,740,000 while the Capital Project Fund is estimated at $1,344,165. Officials told MAX 98.3 FM News that no major projects are anticipated in 2018, just maintenance on equipment, buildings and grounds. The Bus Replacement Plan is estimated at $300,000.

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John Glenn School Corporation Receives Lilly Grant

John Glenn School Board

The John Glenn School Corporation was recently awarded a $188,500 Lilly Endowment grant.

Superintendent Richard Reese explained to the school board Tuesday night that the grant will help with counseling services.

“This basically has to with us hiring another counselor, particularly K-8, to assist in career to work stuff,” said Reese. “This will give kids more of a feeling for what’s necessary to be successful in the workplace.”

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John Glenn School Board to Meet Tonight

John Glenn School Board

The John Glenn School Board will hold a public hearing on the 2018 budget when they meet tonight. The board members then plan to adopt the budget including the Capital Projects Plan and Bus Replacement Plan.

Reports from all of the building principals will be given along with information from Superintendent Richard Reese.

The John Glenn School Board will meet at 7 p.m. tonight in the meeting room in the administration building.

John Glenn School Board Approves Transfer Student Acceptance Deadline

The John Glenn School Board set a deadline date and the maximum number of transfer students in each grade. The board voted Tuesday night to allow 45 students per grade with a deadline date of May 25, 2018 for this school year.

Superintendent Richard Reese recently reported to the board that the number of transfer students into the corporation this school year totals 401. The number of transfer students last year was 376.