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.