The Ottumwa Courier

Southeast Iowa

January 23, 2014

Couple offers to build gym


If the school leased the land to the Scheuermanns, a lot of regulations would kick in on building the gym, said Van Buren Superintendent Dr. Pam Ewell.

The Scheuermanns prefer owning the land to leasing.

If the school decides to sell land, it would have to hold public hearings. Troy Scheuermann said once the building is constructed, he could work out an agreement with the school so it could use it.

“We have slotted the school for 3:30-5 p.m. Davis County contracts with the Mutchler Center for junior high practices,” Troy Scheuermann said. “We would have to figure out what a reasonable fee would be.”

Youth would be a priority from 5-7 p.m. on weekdays, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. The rest of the time slots, outside of Sunday morning, would be open for all.

Even though the Scheuermanns would have to pay for liability insurance, “our youth are important. I think it’s a win-win for everyone. The parents won’t have to cart the kids out of the community if they want them to participate.”

School board members were “comfortable” with the idea but were concerned on the configuration to move the practice field.

“I would like to hear from the football coach, but I am comfortable,” said board member Rick Plowman.

“As long as we have enough space for it, I am also comfortable with the idea,” said Sheila Parsons, board member.

“The only concern is if we have a county-wide school or building project down the road, what footprint that would be. I don’t want to tie up future boards, but this is an opportunity,” said Superintendent Ewell.

Board member Bob Steingreaber said, “I don’t have a problem with selling land on the perimeter for this kind of project, but I do have a concern with one in the middle.”

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