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Willis to improve CV long jump as part of Eagle Scout project

Will Willis of Kamiah, an incoming freshman at CV, will be working on the track as part of his Eagle Scout project.

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Will Willis of Kamiah, an incoming freshman at CV, will be working on the track as part of his Eagle Scout project.



— Clearwater Valley High School will soon have an improved long-jump run, thanks to student Will Willis.

Willis of Kamiah, an incoming freshman at CV, will be working on the track as part of his Eagle Scout project.

“I have talked to [track coach] Mike [Smith] and [athletic director] Kolby Kreiger, and now I am asking your permission to start on the project,” Willis approached the Mountain View School District 244 board at its June meeting.

He explained the current long jump run is an old pull belt from the mill with sand on top of it.

“I will plan to leave that, but improve the cushion and length of the run,” he explained. He said a regulation run is 136 feet, but the one at CV will not be that long due to space constrictions.

“But I have never seen a high school student need that long of a run, so I think it will be fine and a great improvement,” he said.

Board vice-chair Lot Smith asked if Willis had help for his project.

“I understand part of the Eagle Scout honor is being able to delegate and get support from the community and others,” Smith said.

Willis assured the board he has help from his troop, family and friends, as well as donations to support his endeavors.

The board voted unanimously to allow Willis to complete his project. He said he plans to start in August and will be finished well before the start of school.

In other business, the board discussed food service in Elk City. The custodian/cook resigned, so alternate plans need to be made for breakfast and lunch.

“There were eight students last year and six are projected for this year,” said interim superintendent, Cody Weddle.

It was suggested that Chartwell Food Service could possibly send sack lunches up with MVSD 244 employees each school day.

The discussion was tabled until August when financial numbers on the total meal costs can be brought before the board.

Other news:

•Weddle reported 15 new certified teachers have been hired recently. The local union and board reps will meet with an outside mediator Aug. 8 to discuss contract negotiations.

Weddle said the gym floors are looking better this year and “less like alligator skins,” he said.

The pump house that is eroding on the bank of the river by CVHS is being looked at for repair costs. It will most likely have to be moved 30 to 40 feet away from the bank.

Parking lots at Grangeville Elementary Middle School were discussed, and members decided they will take a look at those areas, adjacent to GEMS, prior to making any decisions on work.



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