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Page 16 text:
Board Approves New Construction
In December 1976, the Ottumwa Community School
district received a S2,394,998 grant from the federal
government for the construction of a new vocational-
technical high school building.
The building will be a two-story, 50,000 square foot
design to be erected just west of the high school. The new
building will serve approximately 500 students each day.
This close location will eliminate the costly waste of time
for students traveling by bus to the Benton Street
structure. The new vocational-technical building will also
be used for various adult education classes and federally
sponsored retraining programs.
The new school will offer students courses in the fields
of auto mechanics, auto body work, building, drafting,
electronics, metal work, plastics, welding, and woodwork-
ing. Plans are also 'being made to relocate the music
department and Driver's Education.
Dr. William Dabb, Superintendent of the Ottumwa
community Schools, said, "This culminates a great deal of
hard work, by everyone on the board and in my opinion, it's
the greatest thing that could happen to our school district.
In fact, it's the greatest thing that could happen to the city
The building is expected to be open to students in the
fall of 1978.
Superintendent of Schools-Dr. William Dabb.
Director of Secondary Education- Administrative Assistant - Person
Mr- Dick Ggith. nel - Mr. Orville Amosson.
Board of Education: Mr. George Simpson, Mr. Jack Staebler, Mrs. David Markham, Mr. Joe Griffin, Dr. William Dabb, Dr. Michael
Ketchum, Mr. Glen James, and Mr. John Paxton.
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"From A Student's Point O View..."
Long hours, lots of pressure, and all too often, low pay.
These are three things you may as well expect if you consider
the fields of teaching or school administration, not to mention
difficult, unconcerned or hard to reach students and parents.
Sound attractive? After taking all this into consideration, you
may well wonder why anyone would think of entering such a
field. So what is it that impels people to teach?
A love of learning, the excitement of 'new discoveries, and
the desire to expose this to others are primary motivations to
teaching. Great patience, hard work, and the ability to
communicate also play vital parts in the role of the teacher.
Perhaps the ability to communicate is the most important of
all, for without it, all the knowledge and desire would be
trapped without an outlet. Once a teacher is able to
communicate he must also be able to understand and deal with
Every teacher encounters the problems involved with
difficult students, students that don't have the necessary
basics, have personal troubles, are apathetic, or else think
they know too much to be taught. There are pupils that think
they need no extra help. For these people, teachers donate the
extra attention and aid needed by those individuals.
Teachers also encounter difficulties from the administra-
tion and parents. Often teachers are expected to carry out
rules and regulations too often set down by those who do not
have to enforce them. Many times parents have no real
conception of the school situation or their child's situation and
may make unreasonable demands or accusations. Obviously,
this doesn't make their job any easier.
While teachers are educating, they are also being
educated. As the times change and as literature, science,
current events, mathematics, etc. advance, teachers must be
prepared to present the new ideas. And, of course, as said
many times in the past,"...my students are my teachers." The
truly wise teacher will be open to what the students have to
offer, just as the wise pupil will remain open to wise teachers.
This may sound like all teachers are demigods and the
preservers of society. We know that this is not true. Just as
with any institution, there are those in positions they are not
capable of filling. Perhaps they lack the ability or desire to
communicate with their students. Some may have little
motivations and some may just not like young people or do not
understand or approve of their changing ways. Many are well
set in their ways and do not update curriculum or methods
of teaching, which simplifies their situation but may cut back
their students opportunities. Too often, cases such as these do
not change and are improved only when that individual leaves
or retires. This does nothing for the school, the students, or
other teachers prone to that situation. It is duty of the
administrators, the school board and particularly the parents
to see that teachers maintain an acceptable level of teaching.
Perhaps teachers, just as students, need a little
motivation too. After all, We must realize fas was the intent
of this copyj that just as we are individuals Qand human ones
at thatj, teachers are also individuals and human, working
hard at a very difficult task.
1The opinions expressed on this page do not necessarily refer to Ottumwa
High School or its faculty. This is a student's viewpoint on the teaching
profession as a whole.
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Vice-Principal do Activities Director-Mr. Ray Hammersley.
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