The Ottumwa Courier

Southeast Iowa

December 26, 2013

District hires architecture firm for wrestling room

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CENTERVILLE —

The board then approved several resignations, transfers and contracts. Resignations included Tyler Baze as eighth grade volleyball coach and Barbara Lubenow as special education aide specific at Central. Transfers included Mahala Martin as server assistant at Garfield replacing Julie Ocker, Anthony Jahr as assistant girls track coach replacing Lauren Jones, Jessica Williamson as special education aide specific at Central replacing Barbara Lubenow, Heather Benjamin as special education aide specific at Lakeview Elementary in a new position and Laura DePrizio in an involuntary transfer from special education teacher at Centerville High School to Lakeview Elementary. The board also approved two volunteer contracts with Cindee White and Rhonda Hedgecock and recalled Kimberly Mitchell for the second semester to replace Debbie Robinson in a half-time position. Board member Marty Braster voted no on the DePrizio transfer.

The board approved an application to SBRC for additional allowable growth for at-risk for returning dropouts and dropout prevention programs before beginning discussion on estimates of the budget condition and financial focus. Board member Lange arrived during this discussion. This was just a preliminary discussion and look at the projected numbers moving forward toward budget discussions in the next few months.

A contract with StruXture Architect Firm from West Des Moines was approved by the board. The board has inquired about estimates for adding a new multipurpose/wrestling room at Lakeview as well as possibly a concession stand and room for the music department there. Struxture is the firm the board contracted with during the Howar Junior High gym project as well.

The board then approved a bid for door lock replacements in the school district. The project is part of the district’s ongoing security improvements and came out of meetings with EMS professionals about what the school can do to improve safety. Classroom door locks will be updated at all schools except the high school during this project. The board accepted the low bid of $31,250 from Doors, Inc. out of Des Moines. According to Superintendent Tony Ryan, the next update in the ongoing process will most likely be the phone system.

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