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Alburnett voters to consider $11.64M school bond for facility upgrades, expansion

LINN COUNTY, Iowa (KWWL) — School may be out for students but parents in the Alburnett Community School District have a big decision on June 25th.

The Alburnett Board of Education approved language for an $11.64 million bond vote on April 30th.

Now voters in the district will head to the polls to decide on a facility upgrade plan and the tax levy increase that would fund the project.

School is out and it’s officially summer, that means it’s time to deep clean and reorganizes at schools across the state. In the Alburnett District reorganizing is getting more difficult due to growing student enrollment.

Alburnett Community School District Superintendent, Dr. Dani Trimble said expanding their current facilities will give them more space as their student population continues to grow.

“It’s getting a little uncomfortable. In fact, next year already we’re looking around the building trying to decide, well could that be a classroom? So not ideal,” said Trimble.

Of the 700 plus students, about one third are open enrolled, meaning they’re not just from inside the district.

Dr. Trimble attributes that to their family K-12 environment. Which is why they’re looking to update and expand rather than build from scratch.

“We have a great deal of efficiency by being all in one building. From staffing to operations systems, when you’re not running multiple kitchens and busing between sites that really is a real positive for a school budget,” said Trimble.

If passed the bond would add 10 additional classrooms and create and renovate current space into a state of the art agriculture and tech wing for trade programs and invest in the arts with a new auditorium.

Ashley Neighbor

Reporter, Cedar Rapids

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