The Ottumwa Courier

Southeast Iowa

April 18, 2014

New boilers cost district $380,000

The summer boiler replacement projects will be getting underway after the Centerville School Board approved a $380,801 bid from Capital City Boiler and Machine Works out of Des Moines during their April 14 meeting.

Six bids were received and the board accepted the lowest bid. The project will replace the boilers at Howar Junior High and Centerville High School.

The board also approved contracts from Mid-Iowa Environmental for asbestos removal at those schools during the boiler replacement. The cost at Howar Junior High will be $7,100 and at Centerville High School $13,900.

The end of the school year was discussed and Superintendent Tony Ryan said that K-8 students’ final day will be May 30. High school students will finish school on June 3 because they have to make up days lost in January due to a fire at the high school. Seniors will be finished after their graduation ceremony.

A public hearing was held before the regular meeting about the 2014-2015 calendar. Discussion included two main calendar changes. The district will be changing from a 180 day calendar to a 1,080 hour schedule for the year due to new state regulations.

The other change will be the implementation of early outs every Wednesday throughout the school year to incorporate the new required professional development hours. During the 2014-2015 school year the first Wednesday of every month will have a two hour early out. Every other Wednesday during the year there will be a one hour early out. Superintendent Ryan said that the Wednesday early out policy was suggested so that parents would have a consistent day of the week for the early outs to occur on to better schedule their own lives around them.

The board eventually approved the proposed calendar during their regular meeting.

After the board began their regular meeting the Howar Junior High seventh grade TAG group came before the board to request permission for an out of state trip to Knoxville, Tenn. May 21-24. The trip would be to compete at the global level for Destination Imagination, a problem solving competition. The team placed first at the state level. The cost was estimated at approximately $750 per person. Later during the meeting the trip was approved.

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