Pineview Elementary School

Pineview Elementary School, at 85 years old, is the oldest of the Iowa Falls school buildings. Replacement of its failing heating system is estimated to cost upwards of $200,000. But before that happens, school officials and a Facilities Committee of volunteers are exploring the district's options, including construction of a new elementary school.

A committee of volunteers is pushing toward its goal of making a recommendation to the Iowa Falls School Board on the future of its school buildings, but two key questions stick out. Would residents of the school district support a major construction project? And if the answer is yes, how much more are they willing to pay in property taxes to make it happen?

The Facilities Committee has been meeting this summer to discuss building needs in the district. The group was formed this spring, after the school board received a report on the condition of its buildings. The 36 pages of bulleted lists and color-coded tables – which was produced by Denovo and KCL Engineering – lays out the immediate and longterm needs of the district’s four school buildings. Representatives of the two companies walked through the buildings and built a list of necessary upgrades and replacements, from failing heating systems and worn out flooring, to sagging ceiling tiles and ineffective lighting. The group also noted the lack of air conditioning in the buildings. The rough cost to make those fixes was estimated at $29 million.

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