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College Community School District going to the polls


Growing classes is causing College Community School District in Cedar Rapids to consider building a new school this fall.

There will be a vote Tuesday about a bond issue for the new elementary school.

The Citizens Advisory Committee on School Facilities (CACSF) met in January and after reviewing data, formalized a recommendation to the school board for a new school.

The new building would be 81, 000 square feet and would be built on an area of the school's campus that is currently being used for youth recreation.  

In the last five years, Prairie has been the fourth fastest growing school district in the state. Enrollment has close to doubled in the last two decades. According to school data, it was 2,433 in 1990 and increased to 4,832 in 2010. Enrollment is expected to climb to 5,644 by the year 2020. 

Prairie Elementary school serves the southern part of the city of Cedar Rapids, the communities of Ely, Fairfax, Walford, Swisher, Shueyville and surrounding areas. 

The district has determined that between growth in the tax base and a reduction in cash reserve levy it can offset any tax rate increase caused by this bond issue. 

The bond vote for the new school will be April 3. If passed, the school would break ground in the fall of this year.

Polls will stay open until 8 p.m. Tuesday. Those in the College Community School District can vote at Prairie High School, Ely Library, Fairfax Library or Swisher Legion Hall.

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