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Anamosa voters decide on new middle school


ANAMOSA (KWWL)-- West Middle School in Anamosa is showing its age.

"It's 13 different levels, not handicap accessible, the rooms are 100 years old," Dr. Dave Monroe said, superintendent at Anamosa Schools.

Wooden beams in the middle of one classroom support a ceiling that once collapsed, the two- floor cafeteria isn't very functional, and the third floor gymnasium looks like something out of the movie Hoosiers.

It's why the Anamosa School Board is pushing a $15.1 million bond referendum to build a new middle school.

Proponents say the new 85 thousand square foot building will provide a safer and more functional learning environment.

Based on early counts Tuesday, poll workers were expecting more a turnout of more than 15 hundred people.

While many in Anamosa agree some sort of change is necessary, some worry about the increase in property taxes that comes with the project.

"I farm, not a big farmer, but it's going to cost me substantially," Anamosa resident Duaine Eden said.

District officials acknowledge the increased burden on taxpayers but say the time is right to build new.

"We know that it's a lot for certain people in the current economic times, but we know that every dollar we spend on our kids is a beneficial dollar," Monroe said.

If it passes, taxpayers will see an increase of $190 per $100,000 evaluation.

54 percent of voters said yes to a new middle school in 2009, but that number was short of the 60 percent super majority to pass it.

The new building would house grades five through eight and have the potential to hold 450 students.  It would be expected to be ready for the 2012-2013 school year.

Online Reporter:  Jason Epner



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