City, County, School District Officials Meet For Quarterly 'Super Board' Meeting

City, county and Glenwood school district officials met for a Super Board meeting at City Hall on Jan. 12.

Representatives from the City of Glenwood, Mills County Board of Supervisors and Glenwood Community School District met for the first “Super Board” meeting of the year Thursday evening at City Hall.

For the past several years, representatives from the three entities have tried to meet on a quarterly basis to share ideas and update one another on significant projects going on within the community.

GCSD Superintendent Dr. Devin Embray gave an update on the progress of the school district’s long-term facilities plan, which could include the acquisition of the Meyer school building on the campus of the Glenwood Resource Center as a replacement facility for West Elementary School and a remodel of Northeast Elementary.  Embray said the coming months will be spent developing a formal proposal and sharing information with the community regarding the district’s facilities needs. A bond issue vote would likely take place in 2024.

Additionally, Embray discussed current and future vacancies on the board of education and extended an invitation he had made previously for the city and county to consider having their vehicles’ oil changes and brake work be done at the school district’s bus barn, which he said would be financially cost effective for all three tax-funded entities. Neither the city nor the county have been receptive to the idea up to this point.

City of Glenwood officials gave updates on talks regarding the future of the Glenwood Resource Center and repair work at the Glenwood Aquatic Center. The aquatic center didn’t open in 2022 because of water-loss issues.
Mayor Ron Kohn said needed repairs have been identified and will be completed with costs covered by JEO Consulting, the engineering firm that designed the facility. City officials are confident the repairs will be made in a timely manner and the aquatic center will be open for the normal swimming season in 2023.

The multiple apartment and housing construction projects going on in the city were also discussed along with the possibility of having a community service day for children that might include clean-up activities at Glenwood Lake Park and other public and private venues in the community.

Carol Vinton, a member of the county board of supervisors, discussed local tourism initiatives, including special activities in Henderson and the Indian Creek Museum. The county budget process and comprehensive plan were also on the county’s portion of the agenda.
Thursday’s meeting lasted about an hour.

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