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September 9, 2013

Supporters: Why ban play?

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But it would have been better at the school; this is not the win-win situation some may want to believe. The production will cost $8,000 more than if produced at Ottumwa High School. One supporter said allowing students in for free is not financially feasible now.

One board member had previously said they didn't hire a superintendent in order to micromanage every decision he's faced with during the school year. Dommer said that doesn't fly with him.

"I hold you all accountable for [Eidahl's] actions!" he said Monday.

Educator Jennifer Boyenga directed the play years ago, she said, and knows it inside out. Her opinion: This is one of those rare plays that can get a productive dialogue started in a community. High school students could benefit from such an educational production, she told the board.

Though the play wasn't added to Monday's agenda, Boyenga said she felt as if she was heard.

"Payson [Moreland, board vice president] put forth a request it be looked into. They'll discuss it in some form," she said after the meeting Monday night. "Not just The Laramie Project, but also, a discussion of the play selection process … for future plays."

To see reporter Mark Newman's Twitter feed, go to @couriermark

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