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As enrollment has increased, student needs have changed and with ongoing conversations with local preschool programs, the Van Meter CSD has recently determined that starting its own preschool program was best for the Van Meter CSD community. The school board approved a plan at its December school board meeting to start a four-year-old preschool program for up to two classrooms with a morning and an afternoon session of classes that will serve a total of 80 kids or up to 20 in each section.
This board decision had input from a wide variety of people over the last several years, and the timing seems right to start a district-run program in the 2020-2021 school year. More information will come out in the next few weeks, but if you have any questions, contact Cody Tibbetts, or Deron Durflinger and they will be glad to help you out.
Knowing that we currently do not have the idea field set up for soccer, the program was approved with the likelihood that games would be played on the road for the first few seasons. Since long term facility plans have been developed, the board is now considering some options to build a new soccer field game and practice area for MS football and soccer on the East Athletic Complex. No decision has been made at this time, but the location of the fields would be east of the current high school practice football field. There would be no additional seating, parking, or restrooms added. The fields would allow us to host our own games and have a good location for practices and would help us develop our athletic programs.
Cost estimates are being collected, and a decision will be made later this winter.
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Facility Usage/Youth Sports
During the winter months, our facility usage requests increase dramatically. With JH and HS events happening sometimes five nights a week, it becomes difficult to find time for youth sports. This is one of the challenges of being in a K-12 facility. The city of Van Meter does not have a place for indoor sports to practice or play, so they are allowed to use the school facilities free of charge.
We have a board policy for facility usage. We are also working with our HS coaches to develop some guidelines for youth teams in regards to practice times and games. Please check out the facility usage guidelines linked and be sure to talk to our varsity coaches if you have questions about how much you should be practicing with youth teams and what skills they would like to see developed.