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Education

February 18, 2014

Band trips approved, Howar sports expansion supported

The Centerville School Board held a work session followed by a regular meeting Monday, Feb. 10 at the administration building. The work session began at 5:30 p.m. before their regular monthly meeting scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

During the work session Gary Sinclair from the Iowa Association of School Boards gave a presentation on financial tools that the district was considering purchasing. Later on, during the regular meeting, the board voted to approve purchasing the software.

The regular board meeting was called to order at around 6:45 p.m. First on the agenda was teacher Susan McDanel speaking about the Lakeview concession stand. McDanel spoke with Jennifer Hand and Catherine Lechtenberg. All were former or current Student Council advisors.

McDanel spoke about the history of the concession stand and problems that have built up over the past 30 years. Lechtenberg and Hand also spoke about obstacles facing the Lakeview concession stand, such as their inability to prepare their own food, lack of access to a preparation area, lack of security for merchandise and lack of a dedicated water source. The group also presented some written comments from Laura DePrizio, another former Student Council advisor.

As of this year the group can no longer prepare food on site and has to order it from a licensed facility due to state regulations. If too much food is ordered the stand loses profit and if not enough is ordered customers might go without. The group wanted to urge the inclusion of a dedicated concession stand in any remodel or expansion plans for Lakeview that come under consideration in the future.

High school band director Jim DePrizio presented information about two proposed band trips to the board. The first would be a jazz band trip to the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire, Wis. with a stop at the Mall of America in Minnesota and would take place April 4-6. The trip would include a jazz band contest and clinic at the university.

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