MIDDLE POINT — The construction of a $4.8 to $5 million community
center for the Lincolnview Local School district was approved by the
Board of Education on Wednesday evening.
The district unveiled the
proposed plans in November for the construction of the community center
that will feature an indoor track, two basketball/volleyball courts,
three batting cages, fitness center, athletic training room, concession
stand area, locker rooms, restrooms, storage area and a community
meeting room. The cost of the equipment to fill the center was not
included in the estimate, but that is estimated to cost $300,000 to
The batting cage area could also be used for tennis courts, pickleball or maybe even golf.
community center will be built in front of the bus barn and beside the
current track and field complex. It is expected to be built within a
year to 13 months.
Operating expenses, with current electric and natural gas costs, are expected to be around $15,000 a year.
The cost of the community center will be paid through the district’s cash reserve balance which currently sits at $15.5 million.
board held two community meetings regarding the community center within
the past few months to allow the public to ask questions and
Superintendent Jeff Snyder said from those two meetings and from
discussions with members of the community elsewhere, the feedback was
“I look at it as a community piece that all of our
people can use if they so choose. As a parent you give a lot to your kid
to come here, now when you’re here, the hopes are that you get to use a
facility that you look forward to coming to as well,” Snyder said. “If
we can get an even higher connection with people really appreciating our
district, I think it’s a win-win.”
The plans for the building are
close to being complete, but Snyder said there is potential to add
another classroom to the plans as well as another entrance.
decision of hours, how to grant access for community members and the
scheduling of meetings in the community meeting room will all be made in
the future months. During the community meetings, it was proposed that
community members in the school district could sign up to use the center
and pay a minimal fee for a key fob that would allow them to enter the
“We have a lot of unique needs and we try to look at the
facility at how to meet not one need, but as many multiple needs as we
could think of,” he said.
Also approved was an additional storage area in the bus barn.
two separate buildings, but one project together and our hopes are that
we can get a better bang for our cost by putting that in there
together,” he said.
In other business, United Way Director Vicki
Smith thanked the district for its participation in the Rival United
fundraiser event that was held at the end of January between Lincolnview
Lincolnview won the traveling trophy raising $7,962.40 compared to Crestview’s $6,177.60.
amount raised will help to fund the American Red Cross smoke alarm
program for Van Wert County, the Convoy Food Pantry, Wren Ballpark
Association, the Convoy Sports Association, the Middle Point Ballpark
and Lincolnview Latchkey.
“With this one event, we were able to fund those agencies,” she said.
had no idea that it would be the success that it was,” Smith said,
noting she thought $3,000 was going to be a success. “It was a great
event. I just thank everybody that participated in it. The support that
we got from Lincolnview and Crestview was great.”
meeting on Wednesday, the board members were introduced to Karri Fife,
the new health coordinator at Lincolnview, who has been busy in her
first days in the position.
With several illnesses spreading
around the county, the school started taking measures to disinfect
surfaces in the school to stop the spread of germs and to inform parents
that they should let their children stay home if they had a fever.
reported that last week she saw about 54 kids in one day and today she
saw 30, so she believes the measures are helping to stop the spread of
The board approved the employment of Roy Schleeter
as a substitute teacher’s aide, cook and custodian; Deborah Dickson as a
substitute cook; and Shane Hale as the athletic fields groundskeeper.
contracts for 21st Century program tutors were approved for Nicole
Early, Matt Evans, Elizabeth Utz and Stephanie Kriegel. Carley Springer
and Ariel McMaster were both approved as a tutor and mentor for the
The resignation of Rebecca Matthews as a bus driver and Nikki Staten as varsity softball coach was approved.
the resignation of Kylie Owens as assistant softball coach was approved
and she was granted the varsity softball head coach position.
Curtis Miller was approved as the girls high school track coach and Melissa Stork as the junior high softball coach.
Kyle Stechschulte and Eric Giessler were approved as volunteer baseball coaches.
The next board meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. March 8.