Seven Glen Rose students were recognized by the school board for their achievements in athletics and music.

Carrie Evans was recognized for making first chair on the clarinet in the All-State band.

Joseph McPherson also made first chair for the trombone in the All-State band.

Band Director Ray Portillo said McPherson could be awarded a $3,000 scholarship for making the All-State band three years in a row.

Seniors Derek Thomson and Ryan Rathke were both recognized for making the All-State football academic team, second string. Immanuel Morales was named to the first team.

Head football coach Tommy Dunn said athletes must maintain a 92 GPA throughout their entire high school career.

Derek Thompson was also named as Honorable Mention to the All-State team for quarterback. D.J. Figueroa was named Honorable Mention in the tackle position. Senior Jake Powell was named Honorable Mention linebacker and junior Ty Taylor was named as Honorable Mention for wide receiver.

Dunn also gave a report on participation in the athletic department.

The high school campus has 16 students in cross country and the junior high campus has 27. Dunn commented that these students train at 5:30 a.m. and commended all students for their hard work.

More than 40 high school girls are participating in volleyball as well as 46 girls in Junior High.

Football still pulls in the highest number of participants with 103 high school players. The junior high campus has 117 players with 70 of those in the eighth grade.

The high school varsity team will lose 13 seniors this year after graduation.

There are 35 basketball players on the high school campus.

Dunn also said they have projected good participation numbers for upcoming sports.

He expects 100 students to partake in track in high school and 130 students at junior high. Dunn said coaches encourage track participation since it offers good training for all sports.

Thirty-seven boys have signed up for baseball and 24 girls have signed up for softball.

Even though powerlifting is not a UIL sport, Dunn reported 60 students have signed up. Schools can only bring 15 students to a meet, so Dunn said they rotate the roster through each meet.

Some 50 students have signed up for tennis and 16 have signed up for tennis.

“Our focus is to teach values such as work ethic and teamwork,” Dunn said. “If you teach those, the victories take care of themselves.”

Portillo also reported that the band did very well this year, winning several Division 1 ratings during competition.

He said 60 high school students are preparing for solo and ensemble competitions.

Junior high students are also getting ready, but Portillo said they are planning to host their own competition for the younger students.

Portillo announced a re-addition to next year’s marching band: the color guard will return to the field.

Portillo said he hopes the move will encourage more students to participate as well as keep students interested in marching band.

After an hour-long executive session, board members reconvened in open session and voted 7-0 to extend the contract of Superintendent Wayne Rotan. The details of the contract renewal were not discussed.

In other business, Doug McClure presented the technology report to board members. He said he hopes to upgrade the district’s Internet connection and upgrade the Active Boards to include Active Response, a program that allows teachers to see quiz results instantly.

He also hopes to move the district to paperless forms and communication methods, although he said campuses wouldn’t be entirely paper-free.

“The first thing we’re trying to do is if you have one or three students, you only have to fill out one emergency contact card,” McClure said.