Ottumwa School Board votes on High School changes, looks at leaving CIML

New changes for Ottumwa High School.
New changes for Ottumwa High School.(source: KYOU)
Published: Feb. 22, 2021 at 10:13 PM CST
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OTTUMWA, Iowa (KYOU) - Ottumwa Schools has closed on Market on Main. The building now belongs to the school district.

That topped tonight’s board meeting.

Ottumwa High School will see some changes. Around 115 new security cameras, several new staff, and new classes - all based on surveys from a Flynn-Wright survey of staff and parents.

Overall, the high school will see around 30 new classes, including through its C-T-E program hosted at Market on Main.

The board also approved continuing the partnership between the district and Sieda Community Action at Pickwick Preschool.

As well as taking a look at CIML, the high school athletic conference. Ottumwa is part of the Metro Division, and they’re looking at creating a new conference.

Activities Director Scott Maas says this idea came from their schools having to play sports against all other schools in the CIML.

“It’s just a matter of where we think Ottumwa fits the best. And I would be in favor of the switch to just splitting the conference into two conferences with us being with Des Moines Metro and the other outlying schools.”

The district has to let the conference know this decision a year out before taking any action.

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