Linn-Mar looks to $55 Million bond to solve capacity issues

The Linn-Mar Community School District in Marion is working to address it’s capacity issues with a $55 Million bond which would build two new schools.

Right now several schools in the district are using temporary classroom portables to address their space issues, which are similar to trailers outside of the main school building.

The District says it is currently at 92% capacity and growing.

“The district itself is at about 92% capacity right now due to this sustained growth which we expect to see about 2-3% each year as we move forward,” says Matthew May, Linn-Mar Communications & Media Coordinator.

Indian Creek Elementary is one of the nine schools that would be impacted by the bond.

“This upcoming school year all the 5th graders from Indian Creek will be in one of the two portables due to the capacity in the school,” says May.

If the bond passes it would allow for the District to build two new intermediate schools pulling the 5th graders out of the elementary buildings and the 6th graders out of the middle school buildings to free up space.

If the bond passes on September 11th the District will start the design phase of the new schools which will be built to hold around 800 students each.

Last year the District tried to pass an $80 Million bond to address their space issues but that bond failed, it would have built some new schools and renovated others.

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