Ottumwa Schools’ Breaks Ground for Douma Addition


An exciting time for the Ottumwa Community School District, a groundbreaking ceremony for the Douma Elementary School addition will be held next week. This fifty-five thousand square foot state-of-the-art facility will open in August 2024 for grades third through fifth. The new facility will feature over forty ultramodern classrooms. In its current building, Douma houses first and second grades. Upon completion of the Addition, Douma Elementary will house grades first through fifth.

The groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for Tuesday, March 28, 2023, beginning at 4:00 PM at the current site of Douma Elementary School: 307 W Mary Street, Ottumwa, Iowa. The Douma Campus Addition is part of the ongoing efforts of Ottumwa Schools to Be The Best. Breaking ground for construction allows the district’s grade reconfiguration full implementation for the 2024-25 school year. In August 2024, Douma Campus will house grades 1-5, Liberty: grades 6-7, Evans: grades 8-9, and Ottumwa High School: grades 10-12.

This construction project affirms progress of Ottumwa Community School District’s initiative to Be The Best. Superintendent Mike McGrory states, “In listening to our stakeholders, it became clear that our school improvement efforts needed to focus on providing our students and staff with the support and resources they need and thus removing barriers and impediments to student success.”

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