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JPS Board accepts concept plan for land use around JHS

The Jamestown Public School Board accepted a 25-year concept plan for land use around Jamestown High School that includes space for ball fields and the projected Two Rivers Activity Center.

“I think this is vital that we have some sort of road map,” said School Board member Gail Martin, emphasizing that the vote would not bind future school boards, but serve as a general plan only. “… we have to have a plan, and I think this is just awesome that we’ve done this.”

Roy Musland, another member of the School Board, said he hoped the James River Valley Library System would consider locating in the TRAC building.

Superintendent Robert Lech, who has been involved in the TRAC discussions, said he believed the TRAC group would be open to that possibility.

“It’s a really good plan,” said Terry Anderson, School Board member. “It looks a little snug to me on paper … what I’m wondering about is what a ‘yes’ vote on this plan will do.”

He asked if it would be possible that people could come forward and start pushing for some elements of the plan to be built.

Lech said it was likely that the impetus to build some of them had already been there before the plan.

In other news Monday, the School Board:

* discussed the possibility of creating school calendars for two years at a time rather than one, and spoke about the voter initiative to start school after Labor Day statewide. In 2014, that would mean starting after the first Monday in September — Sept. 1 —but in 2015, it would mean starting after Sept. 7.

* recognized students for achievements in fall sports, including: Rob Bollinger and Taylor Orr for all-state football; McKayla Orr, Addie Eamon and Josie Hegerle for all-state volleyball; Jacob Sherfy for all-state boys soccer; Anni Hart for all-state girls swimming/diving; Sierra Bennion for all-state girls golf; all members of the volleyball team for their state championship; and Josie Hegerle as NDHSCA/Powerade Outstanding Senior Athlete.

* received recognition from Angie Koppang, Midwest regional director of AdvancED, who said the district had been granted accreditation for a 5-year term.

* heard a presentation about type 1 diabetes from Wendy Hager, a diabetes educator and registered nurse with Sanford Health Jamestown Clinic.

* discussed Lech’s evaluation as superintendent, which rated him as satisfactory. Several School Board members stated they were dissatisfied with the term “satisfactory,” but added it was mandated by North Dakota Century Code.

“I just think that our superintendent is doing a great job,” said Greg Allen, school board member.

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