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Education

January 17, 2014

School board discusses sports expansion, boiler replacements

The school board opened Monday's meeting once again discussing the possibility of adding baseball and softball at the junior high level in Centerville. Principal Bruce Karpen presented some information to the board about what some other conference schools offer at the junior high level. The board still had some questions about cost of coaches and when the season would run as well as other concerns.

According to Karpen the Iowa Boys' Athletic Association and the Iowa Girls' Athletic Association do not sanction junior high baseball or softball. Of the conference schools, Knoxville and Clarke offer programs, Eddyville-Blakesburg-Freemont offers sixth and seventh grade softball and seventh and eighth grade baseball and Chariton has a softball program, although not through the school. Albia and Davis County currently don't have programs.

According to Russ Ocker with the Appanoose County Baseball Association, other local non-conference schools such as Moravia and Wayne currently do offer programs at the junior high level. The board was interested in getting a potential schedule as well as discussing coaching options. They also had questions about the amount of equipment that would be needed. The board overall seemed in favor of the idea although they still wanted more information before moving forward.

The board then moved on to the second and final reading of Policy Series 100 and 900. The board had concerns with one of the policies and Superintendent Tony Ryan asked that the board okay the policy series with the stipulation to revisit the specific policy at a later date. The board wanted to take a closer look at the policy dealing with community use of school district facilities and equipment. The board voted to okay Policy Series 100 and 900. The board then requested the administration continue looking at ways to streamline the community use policy.

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