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It’s on at CCA

School board okays February special election

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader

OXFORD– Voters in the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) school district will decide on Feb. 4, 2014, whether or not to allow the district to issue $48 million in bonds for construction and renovation projects.
Board president Steve Swenka accepted petitions bearing a total of 437 signatures calling for the special election during the board’s regular monthly meeting Wednesday, Oct. 16 at the Clear Creek Elementary in Oxford.
If approved by 60 percent of the voters, the district would then have the authority to sell bonds to finance construction of a new eastside elementary school for pre-kindergarten through fifth grade students based on the North Bend Elementary School’s design. Also, an addition would be built on the west side of the middle school in Tiffin and various renovation projects would be executed in the school, which is a combination of additions dating back to the 1960s. Included in the plans as well is an expansion of the high school in Tiffin, which opened in 2009, and making improvements to the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) at Amana Elementary.
A series of public information meetings are scheduled (see inset).
The board will meet in both a work session and the regular monthly meeting starting at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 13, at the elementary in Oxford.
CCA Superintendent Tim Kuehl said he was confident he would be able to announce the location of the new elementary at the meeting.
Keith Johnk of Shive-Hattery, the architectural and design firm retained by the district, will likely have some options regarding the middle school for the board to review.
“We’re getting started on the site plan and meeting with Brad (Fox, middle school principal),” Johnk told the board. He asked for the work session to present options. “We need to keep going too,” Johnk added.
The board approved a resolution authorizing the election on a unanimous vote.
The board also approved continuing the district’s insufficient space policy for North Bend Elementary and Clear Creek Elementary. The policy closes the buildings to new open-enrollment students, unless they are siblings of already enrolled students, children of employees and continuous enrollment.