The Ottumwa Courier

Southeast Iowa

December 26, 2013

District hires architecture firm for wrestling room

CENTERVILLE — During their regular December meeting the Centerville School Board discussed or moved forward on several construction projects within the district, including a new wrestling/multipurpose room at Lakeview, as well as possibly a concession stand and a new room for the music department there. Other projects included new door locks throughout the district for safety reasons and new boilers at Centerville High School and Howar Junior High.

The Centerville School Board met Monday, Dec. 9 at 6:30 p.m. in the Administration building. Board members Tom Lange, Nick Hindley and Michelle Moore were absent at the start of the meeting. Lange arrived at approximately 7:40 p.m.

Three members of FFA spoke to the board about the trip the group took to their national convention in Kentucky from Oct. 29 to Nov 2. The group consisted of 17 students, three chaperones and one child. During the trip the group took a tour of Churchill Downs and also watched a race at the track among other site seeing. During the convention the group also saw CHS graduate Shaniel Smith receive her American Degree.

Kevin Cochran then proposed to the board that the school district form a junior high baseball and softball league. According to Cochran, there currently isn’t a viable option for kids in seventh and eighth grade to keep playing in Centerville until they reach the high school level. Centerville High School baseball coach Bill Huisman and Russ Ocker also spoke in favor of the idea. The board had some questions about cost, fields, scheduling and the number of players expected if they began having teams. The board said they would continue to consider the idea as they got more information.

The board then approved the agenda, approved the previous meting minutes and discussed a date to have their joint meeting with Moulton-Udell’s board before discussing the Iowa Association of School Boards annual convention. Bill Matkovich spoke about the delegate convention which he attended. He said some hot topics had been school calendar concerns as well as Common Core and Iowa Core. Board members then discussed some of the sessions they had attended which covered topics such as school finance and school security.

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