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Grinnell, W’burg to share diving teams

The Grinnell-Newburg Girls Swimming and Diving team will see some new faces on their squad this season. The Grinnell-Newburg Board of Education approved a sharing agreement with the Williamsburg Community School District for girls diving at its meeting held Wednesday, Sept. 9.

Currently, the swimming and diving team is in a sharing agreement with BGM Community Schools. Williamsburg is currently in a sharing agreement with Clear Creek Amana, Solon, IMS and Cedar Rapids Prairie. Williamsburg Athletic Director Curt Ritchie said the agreement would only affect two girls from Williamsburg. “Two of our girls wanted to compete in diving and we don’t have that here in Williamsburg,” he said. “So they will go and practice with Grinnell during the week.”

While the new agreement will give the girls the chance to compete, some of the finer details still have to be worked out.

Ritchie and Grinnell-Newburg Athletic Director Jim Dunne said they are not quite sure which school the girls will dive for in competition.

“At the last meet, when Grinnell wasn’t there, the girls dove for Williamsburg,” said Ritchie. “I’m not sure how it will work out when Williamsburg and Grinnell are at the same meet next week.”

Dunne expressed the same sentiments. “I’m really not sure how it will work out,” said Dunne. “I guess it will be up to how Mark Stanley (Grinnell-Newburg swimming and diving head coach) decides.”


The roof for the Grinnell Middle School is coming closer to repair. At the school board meeting, board members met with an architect and consultant from the 2001 Company to discuss possibilities for roof repair. “They didn’t come up with a plan per se,” said J.T. Anderson, business manager for the district. “An architect discussed what work needs to be done and a consultant for the particular roofing system the district wants came to speak.”

The board is interested in a wind-vented roof system through the 2001 Company. A wind vented roofing system is a roofing system that takes advantage of negative pressure of the wind to help secure the roof. According to the 2001 Company Web site, “The harder the wind blows across your roof, the tighter it holds down.” According to the site, wind vented roof systems have held up through hurricane force winds and tornadoes.

After discussions with the architect and the 2001 Company consultant, Anderson said the next step is to approve the services of an architect at the next board meeting.

“Once they approve the services, the board can begin to look at a more solid plan,” said Anderson.


UPDATED September 15, 2009 1:14 PM

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