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Football camp coming back to Jerome in 2014

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

Dublin Jerome High School will again host the best high school football players from around the world next summer.

The Dublin City School District Board of Education last week approved a contract with Football University LLC for the use of Jerome High School athletic facilities July 17-23.

Jerome hosted the event for the first time over the summer, supplying practice fields and classrooms for the Football University Top Gun Camp. The event draws 1,500 of the best high school and middle school football players from the U.S., Canada and Europe for training.

Football University resulted in the purchase of about 4,500 room nights in Dublin and the city already approved a $25,000 bed tax grant to lure the event back.

Annette Morud, the district's business affairs director, said Football University will play Dublin City Schools $60,000 for the use of Jerome High School facilities.

"We'll probably pocket $30,000" after paying custodians and grounds workers, Morud said. The money will go into the district's synthetic fields fund.

Across the district at Coffman High School, a weight room will soon be expanded and board members last week accepted a $75,000 gift from the Coffman High School Quarterback Club for the work.

The club will pay the district $15,000 a year over five years for the weight room expansion, Morud said.

"They're also donating $25,000 in equipment," she said.

The district will likely seek bids from construction companies in January for the work and begin construction in the spring, Morud said.

Also at Coffman High School, repairs on the gym floor will come soon.

Morud said a water leak over the summer damaged the floor, but the extent of the damages has only been realized lately and has kept students out of the gym. Much more water than expected got under the floor, she said.

The district has filed a claim with its insurance company and it was recently approved, Morud said.

 

Board recognition

In other district news, two Jerome High School students were recognized by the board of education last week for perfect ACT scores of 36.

Senior Rognzhe Jin and junior Kanaad Parvate both performed flawlessly on the college entrance exam, a feat accomplished by only 1,162 students this year, said Jerome High School Principal Cathy Sankey.

Jin was taking a midterm at Ohio State University and was unable to make the meeting, Sankey said. Parvate took the ACT only once and is a member of the swim team, quiz team and the teen institute.

The board also recognized the members of the Jerome girls and boys golf teams for their third consecutive state championship.

Teachers Kim Jicha of Scottish Corners Elementary and Kim Lewis of Grizzell Middle School were given the Golden Shamrock Award as well.

Principal Jen Schwanke called Jincha a dedicated teacher who works on weekends and evenings.

Lewis was recognized as a dedicated, creative teacher who has helped many students, Principal Dusty Miller said.

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