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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

Waterloo Schools are looking to implement a new school, new opportunities for their students. It's an effort to keep more kids in school.

They're looking to build a career and technical education center. It's a 47 million dollar bond issue referendum.

The recommendation has already been made to the school board. Now they are collecting signatures to eventually put it towards a bond vote.

"We need to do better and so we knew this was a hook for our students to stay in school," said Dr. Jane Lindaman, superintendent.

The career and technical education center will be built here on land near Central Middle School. Waterloo schools already owns the land.

Lindaman says over time the school will provide more than 30 career and technical education programs.

Right now, Des Moines is the only location for a school like this. Lindaman says this type of programs have better results for kids.

"Kids felt more prepared to go onto college and quite honestly a greater percentage of them did go onto college," said Lindaman.

 She says schools that have this type of programming have a 92 percent graduation rate. Right now, Waterloo has 70 to 75 percent graduation rate.

"It's not about about a building. It's not about a facility. It's not about walls. It really is about doing better for our kids. Waterloo kids are just as bright and have just as much promise as anyone else," said Lindaman.

Also in the proposed plan, renovations to East and West High Schools. They are looking to make both buildings fully air-conditioned, among other things. 

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