What’s Next

As the school's population continues to increase in the next few years, more changes are expected to keep up

The school will continue to grow increasing from 675 students to 1100 students next year. This means new staff will call Glenn their home as more classes get added. The purple wing will finally open and a barn for agriculture classes will be built in the near future.

New schools can’t offer all classes and electives because they typically only cater to two, sometimes one, grade level. Additional staff will be hired at Glenn for the junior classes, athletic coaching positions and new electives offered next year.

“[The applicants] go through a pretty exhaustive interview process,” athletic coordinator and head football coach Rob Schonfeld said. “It’s somewhat intimidating, it’s very scary. It’s also a test of how they handle pressure, because [the application process] is a pressure filled situation.”

There will be new head coaches and additional assistant coaches for the growth of sport teams including spots in coaching Volleyball, Boys Soccer and Golf. There will also be a golf period and a possible tennis period.

“Golf is probably even more important to have a period because there is some travel time to courts so that gives them even less time to practice,” Schonfeld said. “Tennis is still in limbo and here’s why. Everybody in tennis is in something else… you can only have one athletic period as a student. So, do we have enough to justify having a tennis period next year, I don’t know.”

The addition of new classes will cause the existing three wings to be tight without vacant classrooms. Portables will not be needed with the opening of the purple wing next year, but will be built in the next ten years. Principal Arturo Lomeli will send out a survey to teachers to get their feedback on what classes they want in the purple wing.

“Do we have all English in the purple wing and then all math in the red wing?” Lomeli said. “Or do [teachers] like having math and English together? Maybe there are freshmen and sophomores in the purple wing or juniors and seniors.”

With the opening of the purple wing there will be more room for the new electives like criminal justice, Chinese and digital media.

“I’m looking forward to learning how to implement the law, because I want to be a lawyer,” sophomore Briana Ramsey said. “I’m looking forward to learning how to do what I want to do in life.”

Even though the school offers a wide variety of classes, it can’t have all of them. There will be classes that students won’t be able to take at Glenn, causing students to sub campus at other schools. Automotive is housed at Rouse High School and Cosmetology is located at Leander High School.

“I want to see cosmetology at Glenn,” Ramsey said. “It helps so many girls express themselves in way that they can’t in sports or dance and activities that are actually offered at this school. It provides that diversity.”

Sophomore Jacob Rhymer sub campused to Vista Ridge last year for ROTC. Even though students must travel to different schools, there are benefits to getting out of your comfort zone.

“I made friends with ROTC students and thus connecting me to other people in Vista Ridge,” Rhymer said. “It’s a good experience overall. It’s a good leadership role that you can work for. I thought going to ROTC would make me a better person, so I grew with my comrades and it improved my school life. It helped me realize that it’s not always easy to be a good student so when you go the extra step you feel good.”

ACC courses will also be offered to incoming juniors.

“I took the test and it was really difficult to actually get into the class,” Rhymer said. “So I’m looking forward to getting the credits in college and not having to pay for those classes in college.”

Students involved in FFA who take classes with Agriculture teacher Derek Coffee can look forward to the addition of another teacher to team-teach with Coffee and a barn to house the animals they use to compete.

“We feel like we have enough interest and enough support from administration and higher authorities that we can get something done, I pray we can get something done,” Coffee said. “The barn will be about the same as the other schools. In last 10 to 15 years they’ve gone with a certain model of barn that each school has with a few slight differences… for equality throughout the district.”

With the absence of a barn, not many students may be aware of FFA and a barn will help the organization become more recognized throughout the school.

“If we had a barn and we had kids that knew about the barn, and we did what we needed to do, I feel like we would probably be the largest FFA chapter within Williamson County,” Coffee said. “We are one of the most rural schools because of our location, but more than that, FFA has quite a few leadership qualities to add to students and their future career goals.”

Students currently travel to and from Rouse, using the school’s barn for their animals. Space is tight.

“It’s at Rouse so that means I have to wake up earlier and being able to find a ride over there is a little difficult,” sophomore and FFA student Ben Rampy said. “Especially when we could have a barn here at Glenn and we could go straight from the barn to your class. It makes things a little easier.”

Some students have solved the problem of going to the Rouse barn everyday by keeping their animals at a barn at their house.

“I have a barn [so], I show at my house,” sophomore and FFA student Justin Leavitt said. “It’s more independent. You don’t have to worry about your animal getting sick from something else, because whenever one animal gets sick, it just keeps going down the line, and it saves you a little bit of money.”

As the school grows and classes, clubs and electives start on campus, new opportunities will be abundant. The culture and experience of Glenn will continue to grow.

“I’ve coached for 23 years and this is the first school I’ve ever been in that I’ve started from day one,” Schonfeld said. “All of my other coaching opportunities have occurred in high schools that have been there forever, so this has been a really different experience and I think everybody here would agree with that. I love being here, I love the fact that we are doing what we’re doing. I’m very proud of our kids, I’m very proud of the community we’ve built.”