Dave Jones

Dave Jones, a member of the Iowa Falls School Facilities Study Committee and of the Vote Yes group, speaks during a meeting of the committee, the Iowa Falls School Board and the public at Iowa Falls-Alden High School on March 29, 2021.

The merits and deficiencies of the plan at the heart of the Iowa Falls School District’s failed March 2 bond referendum were debated Monday night as supporters and opponents of the project met to discuss what can and should be done moving forward.

If it had passed, the referendum would have given the district permission to issue $28.5 million in bonds to fund the construction of a new elementary school off the southwest corner of Iowa Falls-Alden High School, replacing Pineview and Rock Run elementary schools, which are each more than 80 years old. Plans also included some improvements at the high school: new band and art rooms, a gymnasium, locker room renovations and an expanded shop. But the two questions on the ballot – each of which needed 60 percent approval plus one vote – fell 35 and 52 votes short, respectively.

Jim Stotser

Jim Stotser speaks during a meeting of the Iowa Falls School Board and the Iowa Falls Facilities Study Committee at Iowa Falls-Alden High School on Monday, March 29, 2021.

Ross Schumaker

Ross Schumaker, a member of the Iowa Falls Facilities Study Committee, speaks during a meeting with the Iowa Falls School Board at Iowa Falls-Alden High School on Monday, March 29, 2021.

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Dwight Carlson

I strongly support education at all levels. However this bond issue was doomed to

fail from the start as it was loaded with too much pork. Also the location of the new

elementary school was a major mistake. Where do the majority of elementary age

students live? Not at the north west side of town.

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