Oelwein School Board to meet Monday, discuss Sacred Heart HVAC and more

When the Oelwein Community Schools Board of Directors meets at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 19, it will have the heating and cooling system at the Sacred House school gymnasium on the agenda.

The board is scheduled to discuss and then choose an engineer/architect for the gymnasium heating, ventilation and air conditioning project.

The district leases the gymnasium for $1 with the intent of upgrading it, which initially meant getting it competition ready, Superintendent Josh Ehn explained to the board at its November meeting. The district had so far invested $250,000 into the facility. A second phase of upgrades involves the HVAC system and a third renovating locker rooms.

To build a competition level gym would have cost around $3 million to $4 million, Ehn said.

The school district uses the gym in other ways other than athletics. For example, it is the site of the high school prom dance.

Also at the upcoming meeting, in administrative reports the board will hear about:

— Oelwein High School having rolled out a new mascot, “Moxie.”

“Champ is great and will still be around,” says Activities Director Jacobs in her report the School Board, “but he now has a sister that was voted on by students, staff and coaches to be named ‘Moxie’ meaning swagger, determination and grit.”

— A new science teacher will begin working with students at Oelwein Middle School on Jan. 9.

— Oelwein Online has received three open enrollment in requests. They are from students in the Turkey Valley, Independence and West Delaware school districts.

Other votes scheduled for the board include:

— mid-term graduation for Pasha Kirk, Kiley Gates and Hannah Peyton.

— A family’s request to open enroll out to West Central.

— The district applying for at-risk/dropout prevention modified supplemental funding totaling $373,829. In the application, the district notes it has 151 enrolled students its identified as returning dropouts and potential dropouts. It also says the district’s certified enrollment is 1,326.

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