DONNELLSON, IA – The Central Lee school district has a bond vote coming up next week that could get the district massive infrastructure updates and make more space.
“Our teams have to take turns, they have to practice in the morning, take turns, practicing early and late in the afternoons,” Central Lee activities director Jerry Ireland said.
Not having enough gym space has always been a problem to Mya Merschman.
“We have practice cut short a lot, like once a week almost.”
The Lady Hawk junior said it puts the team at a disadvantage.
“When we’re not getting enough practice it takes a toll because all the other teams in the area are getting practices,” he said.
“When there’s concerts, music concerts, and things like that then sometimes they don’t get a practice,” Ireland said.
A new performance gym isn’t the only improvement the district could see if the bond passes.
The 12.9 million dollar bond focuses on new ADA accessible locker rooms, more student common area, new pre-school classrooms, new front door security and a new agricultural and FFA center.
“We think those solutions solve our current problems but also solve the future issue we see are forthcoming over the next 10 to 15 years,” superintendent Andy Crozier said.
A similar measure failed last April but officials said things are different this time around.
They said rising property valuations means this bond won’t increase property taxes.
“We’re essentially allowed to absorb much of that two dollar and seventy cent obligation levy and the other part that we can absorb, we’re paying with our current sales tax revenue,” Crozier said.
They said it’s not a chance they want to miss.
“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity when it come to property taxes and building construction that we’ll never have again,” Crozier said.
The election will take place September 10.
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