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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.