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$6 million school expansion proposal in Dubuque

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An area school district is looking into a $6 million expansion for one of its schools.

The Dubuque Community School Board District said they need their own facility to educate special needs students. Right now, many of them are taught off-site at Hillcrest Family Services, and Four Oaks locations.

It's costing the district a great amount in rent. "Currently, we pay about $900,000 a year in just rent alone, for Four Oaks and Hillcrest to rent their spaces and educate our students," said Shirley Horstman, director of student services.

Instead, they want to expand the Alta Vista Campus, which is where high school students in the Alternative Learning Program attend classes.

If approved, students with special needs and the high school students will be taught in separate areas.

"Our goal is to continue with the programming that we have here, and continue with the successes that we found historically," said Chris Oberhoffer, assistant principal. 

District officials are also looking into adding a gym to the school.

If approved, the expansion will be funded through the one-cent sales tax. 

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