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School board votes to renovate Northview locker rooms

Friday, June 10, 2005

The Clay Community School Board of Trustees heard recommendations concerning possible renovations at Northview High School at last night's meeting.

"We have a solution," Superintendent William Schad said, reminding everyone of the budget crisis facing the corporation. "It will solve the problem using a minimum amount of funds."

At last month's meeting a concerned group of parents proposed plans to build a 24- by 36-foot addition for the football team to store equipment and prepare for games during the season.

Members of the administration met with a group of parents, teachers, coaches and at least one player during the past month to discuss available options to solve the space inadequacies of the locker facility.

They agreed that utilizing both the varsity girls and boys locker rooms in the fall would solve the problem. This will be accomplished by removing three lockers from each locker room and creating a doorway between the two rooms to open the space up for players to use for storage.

In the spring the door between the two locker rooms will be locked allowing for privacy in the girls and boys locker rooms.

"We're basically buying a door and paying the labor to have a man knock a hole in the wall," Schad told the board when they voiced concern about the cost of the project.

"This will work. Every kid will have their own locker to store their personal items inside during the season," football coach George Gettle said of the 86 lockers that will be available for use in the fall. "But it's time for the school corporation to get a vision of where we're going."

Schad was in total agreement.

"This is only a temporary fix," Schad said. "We do have facility needs that are going to require our attention."

One area of concern brought to the attention of the board was the gymnasium, which is too small and has physical education students using the hallways and cafeteria area for class.

The other, as Schad describes them, is "shopping cart teachers." These are teachers that do not have a classroom and have to travel throughout the building to teach their classes while carrying their supplies with them.

Schad urged the board to create a task force consisting of staff members, community members, parents and students to consider facility planning for the future growth of the school.

"It's easy to jump at fixing problems when they pop up like this and find out five or six years down the road that it was a Band-Aid fix and not a solution," Schad said, stressing the need for planning and creating a priority list of needs now.

The school board unanimously voted in favor of the renovations to the locker room that will temporarily fix the problem. Consideration for the task force to consider facility planning will be discussed at further length at a future meeting.

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