Pella School Board won’t pursue Rec Center

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From left to right are Pella School Board members Gregg Gustafson, Gary Coppock, Tim Tripp, Joan Corbin and Annette Smith. (photo from pellaschools.org)

At its meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 28, the Pella School Board opted to not pursue the purchase of the Pella Recreation Center.

“I don’t think it fits in,” Director Gregg Gustafson said. Superintendent Greg Ebeling said the district could make the facility work for its early childhood center, but it is not ideal. The board agreed, and would rather build an early education center to the district’s needs instead of adapting an existing building to do the same. They would prefer to have a plan in place, then choose how to move forward.

In other board discussion, building principals shared their goals for the year. Many will focus on fulfilling social/emotional needs for students, to help them gain a sense of belonging. Lincoln Elementary will also try to have staff find accountability partners, to be there for each other to ensure the rigors of their jobs are not overcoming their ability to perform at the peak level.

The board approved a new revenue purpose statement, which will allow expenditures of the SAVE sales tax dollars into the future. The statement has not been finalized, and will be on the Nov. 5 school board and city ballot.

An agreement was approved with Varsity Group for selling advertising on the district’s video boards, in the PHS gym and football stadium. The district will keep half of the revenue raised.