Students, teachers, residents weigh in on school bond vote

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (KWWL) – The crowd was split on the issue of a bond vote for a new Cedar Falls high school during the Cedar Falls School Board meeting on Monday.

The high school has a number of issues inside and has had 13 additions since it was built in 1954. The school district hopes a $69 million bond vote will pass in order to fund the project.

“Citizens are sick and tired of being treated like cash cows for your projects without the due diligence of planning for these extreme expenditures,” said Larry Wyckoff, who has been critical of the vote in the past.

Kim Kranz, a teacher at the Orchard Hill Elementary, had been teaching in a portable trailer for the past two months. She listed several issues in her comment.

“I’ve had people ask me why teaching in a portable trailer isn’t good enough for kids,” said Kranz. “Because of the lack of air filtration, kids allergies, and sometimes asthma, would be very active in my classroom.”

One man referred to a recent audit of the district, saying the debt was too high and that a bond vote was fiscally risky.

Superintendent Dr. Andy Patee said some items in that audit can be misleading.

“Some of the things we pay out as we invest in new infrastructure is listed as actually a deficit,” said Dr. Patee.

The vote will take place on June 25th. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

You can watch the entire meeting here.

You can read our previous story here.

Taylor Vessel

Taylor Vessel

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