The walls aren’t being torn down and the room’s not being expanded, but the work happening inside the Iowa Falls-Alden High School band room this summer will be an improvement for those who’ve grown accustomed to its now-formerly shabby ambiance.
The inadequacy and condition of the high school’s band and choir rooms have been a topic of discussion in at least a dozen school board meetings going back almost two years. In 2018, band director Jeff Schmitt asked the board to consider updating and expanding the room. The program has grown in recent years, pushing uniform storage into the hallway, and making it difficult for students to move around safely. Beyond that, the space was looking run-down.