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For the second time in two years, Superintendent Mike McGrory has presented a vision to transform Ottumwa Schools into the best school district in the state. The board presentation on May 23, coined Vision of Excellence, is the second phase of the district's Be The Best Initiative. The board of directors unanimously approved the recommendations. The recommendations are based on the district's need to upgrade existing facilities, expand curricular and extracurricular opportunities, and create more personalized learning environments across all grade levels. To gauge support, the district surveyed students, staff members, and the community in January. After receiving overwhelming support, McGrory's Be The Best Phase II recommendations include:

Starting in August 2022, all south side kindergarten students will attend Pickwick Early Childhood Center.

  • For the 2022-23 school year, Douma will become a 1-2 building. 
  • Construct a new 3-5 elementary school, located on the Douma campus. After construction is complete, south side students in grades 1-5 will attend school at the current Douma location.
  • For the 2023-24 school year, OHS will become a 10-12 building, Evans will become an 8-9 building, and Liberty will become a 6-7 building. 
construction timeline 2022
construction timeline 2023


LAST UPDATED: 06/27/22