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Clear Creek Amana Schools looking to expand again

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Andy Clayton and his family recently moved to Tiffin.

"It's quiet and nice, and it's really growing," Clayton said.

The area is growing so quickly, Clayton has noticed change just in the two years he's been here.

"Getting off the school buses, the stops are always crowded and they seem to be getting more crowded every year," he said.

Stationed in a rural area seven miles west of Iowa City, the Clear Creek Amana School District is facing growing pains relatively unheard of for a district its size.

"With our geographical location on the Corridor with Iowa City and Cedar Rapids, we've just got a lot of growth. It's a challenge, but it's a great challenge to have," said CCA superintendent Tim Kuehl.

After opening a new elementary and high school in the last five years, the community's rapid growth is forcing school leaders to look to build again.

"It's just a numbers-driven game where we have students coming in, and we need to be able to serve those students' educational needs," Kuehl said.

Wednesday the school board gave the green light to pursue plans for another new elementary school and the expansion of the high school and middle school.

District leaders say the expanding enrollment is no surprise, and building plans are in line with expectations.

"We're right on pace with those projections," Kuehl said.

While the funding of the projects has not yet been determined, district officials are estimating they will ask voters to approve a $35 to 40 million bond referendum next February.

It's an expense Clayton feels is well worth it.

"I wouldn't see why you'd want your kid to go to an overcrowded school where they're not going to get the attention they deserve," he said.

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