City, School District Reach Accord on Building Recreation Complex

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Clayton and the Clayton School District have approved an agreement allowing them to build a recreational complex at the north end of Clayton High School.

Superintendent Don Senti and Mayor Ben Uchitelle led the effort. The district had the land, and Clayton generated the revenue. The two will share ownership of the center, which will be governed by a commission of two members from the school board, two Clayton aldermen and two other residents.

Now that the project is in the works, it needs a name. Kathleen Holman, director of community relations for Clayton schools, says that the name Clayton Center is already in use.

Brent Hopgood, assistant city manager, is taking suggestions for a name. Suggestions should be sent to Hopgood at 10 North Bemiston Avenue, Clayton, Mo. 63105, by Oct. 1. Submissions should include a name for the center, plus the submitter's name, address and daytime telephone number.

In other sports-related business, Rich Grawer, Clayton High School's athletic director, presented to the board a mission statement for the high school's athletic program.

An athletic advisory committee, led by Grawer, met five times this summer and wrote the program.

The extracurricular sports program for Clayton High's students has 58 teams, including field hockey, tennis, volleyball, water polo, football, soccer, wrestling, basketball, swimming, golf, cheerleading and pompons. …