John Glenn School Board Recognizes Students Excelling in Competitions

John Glenn School Board

The John Glenn School Board members recognized several organizations this week where students are excelling in competitions.

Four teams are headed to the state robotics competition. The last two teams come from North Liberty Elementary School who recently qualified for the competition that is set for Saturday, March 10, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

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John Glenn School Board Reviews AP and Dual Credit Course Data

Members of the John Glenn School Board received an extensive report on the number of AP and Dual Credit courses available to high school students and the passing rate of those students.

Educator Rose Dodson prepared the information and noted all of the courses available for college credits which include Government, History, Biology World History, English Literature and Composition, vocational technical classes and agriculture science. Trine University offers Dual Credit courses as well as Ivy Tech South Bend, Ivy Tech Kokomo, Ancilla College and Ball State University.

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John Glenn School Board to Meet Tonight

John Glenn School Board

The John Glenn School Board will meet tonight were the board will hear a presentation on AP/Dual Credit classes by Rose Dodson.

The board will also receive updates from the four building principals and from Superintendent Richard Reese. It is noted that school will be in session on Friday, Feb. 16 as it will be used as a snow make up day.

The John Glenn School Board will meet at 7 p.m. tonight in the John Glenn High School Media Center.

John Glenn School Board Discusses Enrollment, Transfers

The John Glenn School Board members may need to make a decision to add to their facilities if enrollment numbers keep trending in an upward fashion.

The school board members discussed enrollment and transfers in a work session Tuesday night. According to Recording Secretary Lisa Sleek, they reviewed data from the past five or six years and found that enrollment increases 1.5 percent each school year. They analyzed classroom size per building and the number of students per class. The discussion included function and capacity at each school with the numbers they are working with and what the corporation could see in a few years.

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John Glenn School Board Approves Stipends

The John Glenn School Board members approved stipends for a member of the custodial staff and bus drivers when they met last week.

According to Recording Secretary Lisa Sleek, the custodial director has been out on sick leave since June. The employee filling in was given a $7,000 stipend for performing duties above and beyond his normal duties.

The school board approved a stipend for bus drivers to charge buses when they are at their residences. A $100 engine block stipend was approved to keep up with costs associated with running the buses.

John Glenn School Board Considers Superintendent’s Contract

The John Glenn School Board considered the superintendent’s contract retroactive to July 1, 2017. The contract is valid through June 30, 2019.

The contract included a two percent increase as that is in line with increases approved for the staff at the school corporation. The base salary was advertised at $117,346 with a $5,000 annuity. The school corporation will pay all but $1 on a life insurance premium on a $110,000 term life insurance policy which is $171 a year. The corporation will also pay all but $1 of the Corporation Family Health/Dental/Optical Insurance plan until the superintendent reaches the age of 65. The cost will be $23,363 a year.

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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