John Glenn School Board Approves Teacher Longevity Gifts

Teachers at the John Glenn School Corporation who have been in the education profession for 20 years or longer will receive an appreciation gift. Gift cards will be purchased from the Swan Lake Resort.

Superintendent Richard Reese asked the school board for permission to purchase seven gift cards in the amount of $190 for non-certified and certified teachers who have been dedicated to education for at least two decades. Continue reading

John Glenn School Year off to a Positive Start

Building administrators and Superintendent Richard Reese gave a positive report on the first day of school to the John Glenn Community School Board Tuesday night. Tuesday was the first full day for students.

Reese said the unofficial student count is 1,922 which shows an increase of 21 students from last year. He noted that the number of kindergarten students entering school is less than last year’s outgoing senior class. The state’s official student count day will occur this fall. Real-time attendance is taken every Wednesday.

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John Glenn School Board to Meet Tonight

John Glenn School Board

The John Glenn School Board will meet tonight. School starts for students today so the board members will get an update on the start of school from all of the school administrators and review the number of transfer students. The number of transfer students at last count was at nearly 400.

Superintendent Richard Reese will also have a report for the board members on a few corporation discussion items.

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John Glenn Building Trades Class Sells House

John Glenn School Board

The John Glenn Building Trades Class recently sold the house the students worked on during the last school year.

John Glenn School Board member Dennis Holland updated the board Tuesday night and said the house sold at approximately $173,000.

The class does not have a specific project for a community member for the upcoming school year so the students will build another spec house to be sold when completed. Holland said land has been purchased in the Walnut Crossing area just north of town.

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John Glenn School Board to Meet Tonight

John Glenn School Board

The John Glenn School Board will meet tonight. It will be the last meeting before the start of the school year for students.

The school board members will discuss the creation of a new Director of Guidance position and appoint a member to the Walkerton-Lincoln Township Public Library Board. Superintendent Richard Reese will update the school board on items as the staff prepares for the start of the new school year.

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John Glenn School Board Approves Textbook Rental Fees

The John Glenn School Board approved textbook rental fees this week.

Fees reflect the purchase of science textbook adoption and technology fees. New science textbooks hadn’t been purchased in 12 years. Teachers and administrators have found that teaching with both the digital component and textbooks enhance learning. Not all students learn as easily with just a textbook or use of a technology device.

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John Glenn School Board Hires New Band Director

Nathanael Suddeth

A new leader will guide the John Glenn music department at the high school.

The John Glenn School Board welcomed Nathanael Suddeth to the school corporation Tuesday night as they approved his appointment to the position. He along with four other candidates underwent a rigorous interview process which included administrative team interviews, previous and current choral director input and consulting of the band booster president. Two band students also had a chance to interview the candidates.

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John Glenn School Board to Meet Tonight

John Glenn School Board

The John Glenn School Board will meet tonight.

The school board members will be approving staff for the second session of summer school which began last week and approving textbook fees for all schools for the upcoming school year.

The board will also discuss a stipend for Interim Band Director Cathy Austin-Burnett and appoint a temporary maintenance director.

The John Glenn School Board will meet at 7 p.m. in the meeting room in the John Glenn Administration Building.

John Glenn School Board Amends Technology Purchase

The John Glenn School Board approved a resolution to rescind a previous technology purchase in the amount of $143,888.25.

The school’s attorney found some items that needed to be amended so the board approved a resolution to revoke the previous decision to move forward with the transaction.

Technology Director Andrew Stegemiller gathered quotes for a fewer number of Chromebooks at a price of $111,690 from Trinity 3 Technology. The purchase price approved by the board this week also includes the warranty on the computers.

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Kindercamp Students Getting a Jump Start to School

John Glenn elementary students who have not had the opportunity to attend preschool or day care are getting a jump start to kindergarten.

For three weeks students attend Kindercamp at Walkerton Elementary School and North Liberty Elementary School and get acclimated to how things work in a classroom. Walkerton Elementary School Principal Tim Davis told the John Glenn School Board this week that there are 17 students attending Kindercamp at each of the elementary schools.

Students are in Kindercamp from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The students eat breakfast and lunch and learn how that process is conducted. They are also learning educational and social skills in the classroom.

All students will receive a book for every day they attend the Kindercamp session.

Funds from the United Way helped employ two teachers and an aide in this year’s classroom efforts at both schools.

IRead 3 Results Presented to John Glenn School Board

This year’s IRead 3 results for the North Liberty and Walkerton Elementary students is down a little this year, according to Walkerton Elementary School Assistant Principal Rebecca Cummings.

She gave the John Glenn Community School Board the results that had been embargoed by the state. She said 81 percent of the North Liberty students passed while 89 percent of Walkerton Elementary students passed. Out of the 78 North Liberty students who took the test, 15 did not pass. Seven out of 64 students at Walkerton Elementary School did not pass.

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John Glenn School Board Approves Textbooks for Urey Middle School

The John Glenn School Board approved the purchase of textbooks for Urey Middle School students to be used in addition to the use of Chromebooks in the One-to-One initiative.

Urey Middle School Principal Mark Maudlin said textbooks have not been purchased in the past six years, but he said having the textbook and a digital textbook assists students in achieving their learning goals. Science will be the only subject that will be a digital learning tool only.

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John Glenn School Board to Meet Tonight

John Glenn School Board

The John Glenn School Board will meet tonight with several items of discussion on the agenda.

The board will approve digital and/or print textbooks for Urey Middle School in the amount of $96,692.43. The board is also looking to approve additions to the summer school sessions and approve a proposed curriculum and/or pacing guides for Math, Language Arts and Science at Urey Middle School. IRead 3 results will also be presented to the board.

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

John Glenn School Board Recognizes Retirees

The John Glenn Community School Board approved the retirement of several long-time staff members at the school corporation this week.

Judy Schmidt will be retiring after 43.5 years as a school bus driver while Director of Transportation Cindy King will be leaving after 33 years of service. She served 22 years of her tenure as the director. Linda Parker will be retiring after 47 years as a math teacher.

High school Spanish teacher Gina Jackson also submitted her request for retirement as did first grade teacher Kymberly Groves.

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John Glenn School Corporation to Get Two New Buses

The John Glenn School Board discussed the purchase of two 78-passenger school buses with Transportation Director Cindy King.

King said that the buses she chose for the proposal come equipped with the necessary features that the school corporation requires on the buses. Extra seats with seat belts for younger children, two-way radios and cameras are part of the proposal.

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John Glenn School Board Approved Technology Proposal

The John Glenn School Board approved the bid for Chromebooks for the students in the One-to-One computer initiative.

In the corporation’s program, freshmen get their computer and it is theirs through the duration of their high school career. Seniors turn in their Chromebook at the end of the school year, or they can purchase them at a discounted rate. Seventh grade students use their computer for two years.

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John Glenn School Board Approves Additional Appropriation

The John Glenn School Board held a public hearing last night in order to take action on an additional appropriation resolution and ordinance for the debt service fund.

Business Manager Tom Bendy explained that items were purchased with the common school loan. The final portion of the funding was spent in November of last year and once that is done, a schedule is sent to the corporation on repayment. That revenue was not in the 2017 budget to be spent. Bendy said the Department of Local Government Finance said the revenue portion was able to be put into the budget, but could not change what was advertised for the budget in October. The additional appropriation would allow the corporation to make the payment in June.

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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 tonight on an additional appropriation resolution and ordinance for the debt service fund.

During the April 18 meeting, Business Manager Tom Bendy told the school board that the additional appropriation is for a loan taken out a year ago. Bendy said a payment schedule was sent in January and the money wasn’t in the budget. According to Bendy, the Department of Local Government Finance is able to add in the revenue but can’t change the appropriation amount published. The appropriation of $36,907 would enable the school corporation to make the common school loan transfer payment which is due in June.

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