The Ottumwa Courier

November 10, 2012

School board to vote on school closings

Courier Staff Writer

OTTUMWA — School administration have given another sign that the new school being built for students on the south side of Ottumwa is on schedule: Schools will be closing.

The board will vote on approving the closing of Wildwood, Pickwick, Agassiz and Douma as kindergarten through fifth-grade elementary schools.

For the 2013 school year, Agassiz will be the kindergarten and first-grade school for students who attend Agassiz and Douma. Wildwood will be the kindergarten and first-grade school for those currently at Wildwood and Pickwick.

That plan will get kids into the new school building plus give the district time to work on a permanent K-1 building, which is planned for Douma Elementary School. The district estimates that for the 2014-15 school year, Douma will be the kindergarten and first-grade school for those who would have gone to Agassiz, Douma, Pickwick and Wildwood attendance centers.

The board will also discuss names for the elementary school that will be the new home for more than 700 students. The building is located off Mary Street.

The plan was put into action by a former superintendent who said the trend nationally is for successful schools to have fewer but larger schools.

At this school board meeting, there’s a scheduled discussion of facility plans.

The Ottumwa school board will meet at 6 p.m. Monday at the board offices on McCarroll Drive.