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Waterloo schools look to make room for new elementary

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -- Progress continues for Waterloo Community Schools. The district is moving forward with plans to demolish Black Hawk Elementary and build a new school on the same lot.

Along with this proposal some tough decisions will have to be made including whether or not to buyout nine homes that are currently located on that lot.

Waterloo schools spokesperson Sharon Miller says the district has two plans. One is to have the school take up the entire block with the district buying out nine houses that are located to the north.

"We've already done what is called a drive by appraisal just from the outside and so if those properties are willing to let the appraiser come in and do a more complete appraisal than that's the process were in right now," said Miller.

Several homeowners who live along Sager Avenue say they wouldn't have a problem selling as long as the price was right. If it's too low they will have a difficult time leaving.

Other homeowners say they want to be treated fairly, be paid the market value for their homes and little extra for the cost of moving someplace new.

The district's second plan would keep the homes and move the building to the south.

"There are two versions of the location of the building on that block and both are very do-able so we are sure the schools going to be there one way or another," said Miller.

Any plans moving forward would have to be approved by the school board.

While the school is being built, Black Hawk Elementary students will move to Edison Elementary. School officials expect this change to only last for the 2010-2011 school year.

Online Reporter: John Wilmer

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