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4/30/2013 5:44:00 AM
Ottawa High untouched by floodwater

Kevin Caufield
NewsTribune Reporter

OTHS Superintendent Matt Winchester told board members Monday during their regular monthly meeting that certain areas of the school’s boiler room had taken on a little water but it wasn’t from the flood.

“We had a few inches near the boiler room but that was due to the heavy rains, not flooding,” he explained. “Rain came down so fast that our pumps couldn’t keep up.”

Winchester said the school received no flood damage thanks to the efforts of students, faculty and staff filling sandbags and creating flood walls to keep water away from the building.

In other business:

n The new board was sworn in. Gene Duffy replaces former board member Wayne Fleming as a result of the April 9 election. Board member Tim Creedon was elected to serve as president and board member Karen Fisher as vice president.

n Board members approved the hiring of Kara Wolff as family/consumer science teacher; a family leave request for Kyra Parrott effective Aug. 14; Chelsea Kuhel as yearbook sponsor for the upcoming school year and John Alexander as ticket manager for the upcoming school year.

 Kevin Caufield can be reached at (815) 220-6932 or

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