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Storm Lake School District to Host Community Meeting Regarding Phase Two of Settlement Plan

The Storm Lake Community School District will host a community meeting focused on a possible second phase of the district’s elementary school.

The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 18 at the Early Elementary Building, immediately following the school board meeting.

In September 2019, voters in the Storm Lake School District approved a bond issue to move forward with the first of a three-phase plan to meet the district’s space and facility needs. The Early Elementary School opened its doors last January.

The first phase focused on kindergarten classrooms, a media center, art and music rooms, kitchen, gymnasium, common area and offices. The first phase also included the college’s new auxiliary gymnasium. The second phase provides for the addition of a first-grade wing at the start of elementary school.

“As a District, we are thrilled with how Phase I has unfolded and remain extremely grateful to our

community for support,” said Dr. Stacey Cole, superintendent. “As we anticipated, we continue to face a lack of space in our other buildings. To that end, we will offer to move forward with Phase II of our facility plans.

The Storm Lake School Board is considering a possible bond vote for September of this year. Voters could be asked to approve nearly ten million dollars for the second phase, which would not include a property tax increase, as the school district’s share of the local tax levy will remain the same. The school district’s overall tax rate would remain at $17.17 per thousand dollars of property assessment.