Iowa Falls School Bond Election

Voter Nikki Allen gets help from poll worker Carol Gilbert (right) as she submits her completed ballot for the Iowa Falls School District bond referendum at the Ellsworth Community College Ag and Renewable Energy Center on Tuesday, March 2, 2021.

A second run at an Iowa Falls school bond will wait until at least next spring, school board members decided this week.

A $28.5 million bond that would have paid to build a new elementary school and to renovate portions of the high school was defeated by voters in a March 2 referendum, receiving about 57 percent voter approval when it needed 60 percent. The new building – constructed at the high school – would have replaced the Pineview and Rock Run elementary buildings, which are 86 and 83 years old, respectively. Part of the district’s message to voters in the lead-up to the referendum was that the two school’s aging heating systems were at the brink of failure. And, it turns out, they were.

Iowa Falls Elementary Architectural Rendering

A preliminary architectural rendering of a proposed Iowa Falls elementary school, made public in January 2021, shows how the building would look from ground level, standing in the high school's current south parking lot, looking west. The entrance to the new elementary school can be seen at the red vertical post.

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