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By Caroline Downs
Kenmare school basketball teams will continue using the Donnybrook Community Center for the 2013-2014 school year, with future use of the facility to be considered on an annual basis.
The Kenmare school board approved that action during a meeting held October 11th. The meeting started as several board members met with Donnybrook Community Center board members Curtis Graff and Dennis Huff for a tour of the building.
Kenmare school board president Jan Kostad arranged for the field trip after reading minutes dated August 16, 2011 stating the board approved the use of the Donnybrook gymnasium for one more year.
Kostad reported concerns expressed by Graff and Huff, including the misuse and cleanliness of the locker rooms in the building. “Even today, we saw candy wrappers, tennis shoes and clothing in there,” Kostad said. “Right now, that falls back on our coaches using the building.”
Michele Nelson suggested developing a checklist for coaches who use the Donnybrook Community Center. “That would be something we could hand to new coaches, telling them this is their responsibility for when they’re down there,” she said.
One item of concern to everyone was the condition of the tiled gym floor. Kostad said the Community Center’s board needs advance notice of any repairs that need to be made, but Blaine Huff said that most likely the repairs would have to be covered by the school district.
“For its age, that building is in great shape,” Craig Ellsworth said. “The committee there does a great job. I think to repair that floor would take a capital investment.”
Board members agreed to wait on the outcome of the upcoming vote on a new addition at KHS to include a gymnasium before making any further decisions about repairs to the Donnybrook gym.
Business manager Renae Murphy reminded board members that the school pays $1500 per year to rent the Donnybrook Community Center, plus associated costs to heat the building.
Nov. 7th public forum for
KHS building proposal
The board scheduled its final public forum to discuss the proposed addition at Kenmare High School for Thursday, November 7th, beginning at 7 pm at the high school.
Kostad said he believed the proposed addition of elementary classrooms and a new gymnasium would have a positive impact on students’ academic opportunities and sports programs. “I encourage all patrons to get out and vote,” he said. “Look at this as an investment in the community for the next 40 to 50 years.”
Representatives from Kraus-Anderson Construction in Minot will join Kenmare school board members that evening to review the project and answer questions before the special election scheduled November 19th.
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