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Cedar Falls Schools hold community meetings to chart future

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CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) -

Cedar Falls Schools continue to develop a plan to figure out the best way to deal with a projected surge of enrollment.

September's $118 million bond referendum overwhelmingly failed with voters but the district says it's going to need to deal with a space crunch now and in the future.

So the district is holding a series of community meetings and town halls to figure out what might work.

How do you plan for the future?

It's a tough question.

One about a dozen people tackled head-on Thursday night in Cedar Falls.

They took part in a tabletop exercise to determine how the district should address space issues.

"Right now, we're saying that nothing has been decided. We're asking our community to help us refine the solution as we move forward into the future," said Cedar Falls Schools superintendent Andy Pattee.

This is about brainstorming.

It's about suggestions and strategies to determine the course of Cedar Falls schools in the next 40 to 50 years.

And not what went before voters last fall.

"It opened my eyes that some people are dead set against it but we need to something. It's a tough situation for them," said parent Larry Prohaska.

"The community really needs more details on what goes forward from here and that's part of why I'm here tonight. Give input we have as a family and see what others have on their mind," said parent Emerson Linney.

The suggestions compiled will be grouped together with the results of two other similar meetings held Wednesday and Thursday afternoon.

District officials say there will be many more community input and town-hall style meetings before any plan is drafted.

District officials say prior community meetings showed them what went wrong in the last bond election: the cost, lumping the elementary and high school projects together, and a lack of clarity in information - as far as property tax details, why the high school location was chosen, and other issues.

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