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Bond vote passes for new Cedar Falls high school

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (KWWL) – Students in Cedar Falls will get a new high school.

Residents approved a bond to pay for a new high school. The following results were posted on the Black Hawk County Auditor’s Facebook page.

FINAL UNOFFICIAL RESULTS:

Measure A
Yes 6,439 – 67.09%
No 3,159 – 32.91%

Measure B
Yes 6,261 – 65.46%
No 3,304 – 34.54%

A home valued at $100,000 would pay about $10.02 a month, according to Cedar Falls Superintendent Andy Patee. The bond vote was for $69.9 million. The overall project will cost $112.8 million.

He says the next step is designing the school.

“Figuring out specifically what will that design will look like, what is going to be to best serve our community, our students, our staff well into the future and get a lot of input through that process,” said Patee.

The design process is expected to take about 9 months, according to Patee, and then bidding for construction would soon follow.

The school is tentatively set to open in 2023.

More information from the school district about the bond can be found here. 

Alan Heisterkamp will fill the vacant school board seat left by now Iowa Senator Eric Giddens. Heisterkamp received roughly 95% of the vote according to the Black Hawk County Veteran’s Office.

KWWL reached out to the organizers of the Vote No to New Cedar Falls Schools for a comment. Here’s what they said:

Its going to hurt jobs and the cost of living in Cedar Falls. It’s too bad that the school board put this burden on our community and it won’t teach chidren any better, but the people have made their choice. We would rather see our money upgrade the academic rating to raise it from 11th in the state or have better teacher pay. The building costs way too much, and it goes over state standards for debt ratio. We don’t believe the citizen truly know what they have done until they see their tax bills in 2021.

Taylor Vessel

Multimedia Reporter

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