Iowa Falls-Alden Band

The Iowa Falls School Board has been considering what to do about the high school's cramped and dated band room. Originally, it considered a renovation and expansion of the room. Now, the Board is considering a larger project, which would build a new band room, expand the school's shop classroom, and construct a second gym.

A project that would expand Iowa Falls-Alden High School’s band and choir rooms for around $1.6 million may balloon to an even larger project that would encompass new construction of a band room, and expanded shop and a second gym.

Last month the Iowa Falls School Board reviewed updated plans for the band and choir room renovation. Between February and September, the project had grown from an estimated $1 million, to around $1.6 million, due in large part to a plan to push the space's exterior wall out by about 15 feet. But shortly after that Sept. 9 meeting, during conversations with the architect, Superintendent Tony Neumann said he realized the expansion and renovation still wouldn’t provide enough space for the growing band program. Even after spending more than $1 million, the room would only accommodate about 80 students. The band today includes more than 110 musicians.

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