Oskaloosa Construction of a new gymnasium and classroom space dominated the discussion at Monday's school board meeting here as members studied proposals from five architectural firms, said Beth Dunn, district clerk.
The board is considering construction of four to six classrooms in the elementary or middle school section of the complex and a new high school gymnasium with four locker rooms, Dunn said. Architects' proposals included cost estimates for the project that averaged around $2.5 million.
Dunn said the district has been struggling with finding space for both physical education classes and team practices.
"The small gym at the grade school is used all day for P.E., and the gym at the high school is used all day for P.E.," she said. "The middle school doesn't really have a place just for P.E. They go outside when they can."
And after school hours, freshman basketball, varsity basketball and volleyball teams all vie for courts to hold practices, she said.
Dunn said the board has discussed various methods of funding a construction project, including a bond issue or a lease-purchase agreement. A special meeting was set for 7:30 p.m. Feb. 3 in the board office to further study the architects' proposals.
In other business at the meeting, the board:
Hired a new second-grade teacher, Janet Breithaupt.
Approved a bid from Midwest Bus Sales to purchase a 64-passenger school bus for $39,695.