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Central Lee school bond issue back on the ballot in September

Voters in the Central Lee school district in southeast Iowa will decide a school bond referendum on September 10.

The issue failed in April 2018 and now the school district is making some changes to it.

Superintendent Andy Croizer said the total project went from $13.3 million to $12.9 million and the school board eliminated the weight room and Ag room renovations from the bond.

The district will use its sales tax fund balance to pay for those upgrades.

Here is the focus of the project:

  • New classrooms for band and vocal programs
  • New preschool classrooms, freeing up two additional classrooms to meet space needs at the elementary level
  • A new competition and performance gym for elementary, middle and high school events
  • New ADA-accessible locker rooms
  • An expanded commons area for better student collaboration and improved building flow
  • Renovated space to create a new culinary arts classroom
  • A new agricultural and FFA center with two full classrooms and an improved shop area

The board said this will not increase local property taxes.

If passed, the tax rate in the Central Lee Community School District would be $12.19 per $1,000 of assessed property value.

You can learn about the project during an open house on Tuesday, August 13 and Thursday, August 29. Those dates are preliminary at this point and can change.

Satellite voting will happen on Saturday, August 17 at the Montrose Watermelon Festival  and Thursday, August 22 at Central Lee Back to School Night.

For more information, including the designs and the information, CLICK HERE

For a look at the master plan, CLICK HERE

Don Dwyer

Don Dwyer is a Morning Anchor/Reporter at WGEM.

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