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Plans for new SL school advance

Tuesday, February 6, 2007

A traffic study is planned

Plans are now in full motion for the proposed Storm Lake elementary building.

Architecture Ken Wictor will meet with the teachers one more time to finalize the plans for the 126,000 square-foot proposed structure which will combine all the elementary students into one building.

The district continues to field suggestions on potential uses for the schools that would be closed after the elementary opens. Ideas range from turning them into apartment complexes to establishing a new CommUnity Education site to making way for a new park in west Storm Lake.

After an overwhelming response by voters at the December election to approve an extension of the local option sales tax and the bonds to fund the project, a timeline has been formulated.

The board of education has approved Piper Jaffray and Co. to serve as financial advisor for the issuance of the bonds and SILO bonds.

At this month's meeting, set for Feb. 15, the board will discuss the bond sale process and will make a motion to allow Piper Jaffray in Minneapolis or Kansas City to bid and use parity electronic bidding.

The board also expects to adopt a resolution setting March 20 for the sale of $5.5 million in general obligation school bonds and $3.055 million School Infrastructure Local Option Sales and Services Tax Revenue Bonds.

On April 12 the board will adopt bond issuance resolutions and the following day Piper will send out letters to financial institutions for reinvestment bids.

What to do with the current elementary buildings is still up for discussion.

At the regular meeting April 12, Dr. Paul Tedesco will present to the board past input and statements, new public input then board members will discuss the options, followed by a motion in regard to the future use of the buildings.

Dr. Tedesco shared that the current thoughts are to use the East School building as an early childhood center (pre-school) and continue to use the South building auditorium and gym.

Input from the public has been to use the South building for CommUNITY Education activities or to use the building for the alternative school instead of the metal building located next to the building.

It has been suggested to sell items, such as bricks, from West and North to individuals to keep in memory of the historic buildings.

Suggestions for North and West buildings have been to sell the land for housing; sell the building and land as is to a developer to create apartments for individuals/families and to talk to other government agencies in the county about potential use of the facility by their organization. Another suggestion was to turn the area at West into a park for children on that side of town.

The public is invited to share their thoughts either at the February or March school board meeting or by visiting with one of the school board members or school administrators.

A traffic engineer has been contacted from an Ankeny firm and has discussed with representatives from the city and local engineer Bob Payer options for the traffic flow at the new elementary site. It is hoped a report will be ready for the Feb. 15 meeting with recommended action to keep the busy bus area and the parent pick-up area separate as a safety measure.

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