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Adel, Waukee bond referendums take place Feb. 4

Additional classrooms, site security at all four attendance centers

By Allison McNeal

Editor

The Adel-DeSoto-Minburn School District will be placing a $13.5 million general obligation bond issue on the ballot on Feb. 4.

Additional classrooms at all four attendance centers, site improvements–such as increased paved parking and separating parent/bus loading zones at Adel Elementary and DeSoto Intermediate–,moving the central office to the Old Middle School, and increased main security at all attendance centers are part of the bond referendum.

Residents will see a no tax-rate increase and if the bond issue is successful, the debt service tax rate will not increase from $3.62 per thousand.

A-D-M Superintendent Greg Dufoe said that he has presented to the Adel, DeSoto and Minburn city councils with the information being well-received.

“Everything is going very well,” Dufoe said. “The feedback has been very positive.”

At Adel Elementary, six Kindergarten and Pre-Kindergarten classrooms will be added as well as one special needs room. Renovations to the current music, Preschool,and special needs rooms will also be part of the project. The competition date is slated for August 2015.

Eight general education classrooms, an art room, and special needs room will be added to DeSoto Intermediate. Also renovations to the cafeteria will be completed during the project.

A completion date for both the Adel Elementary and DeSoto Intermediate schools is August 2015.

Improvements to the Middle School include six general education classrooms, one science lab, and one technology/engineering classroom. At the High School, three new science labs would be added along with renovations to the existing three science labs, improvements to the commons area and office, and upgrades to the fire alarm system. This part of the project would be completed August 2016.

In addition, the Old Middle School would be used and repurposed as district offices, board rooms, a technology hug, storage, meeting rooms, and middle school athletics. This part of the project would also be completed August 2016.

If the bond vote passes, Dufoe said talks of converting the former Minburn school into an agricultural center could be in the works.

“It’s not a guarantee, but the board will consider and study the area,” he said.

Two informational meetings will be held next week: Monday, Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. in the Minburn Cafeteria and Thursday, Jan. 30 at 7 p.m. in the A-D-M Middle School board room.

The polls will be open Tuesday, Feb. 4 from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. at the Adel Public Library, United Methodist Church in Minburn, and the DeSoto City Hall. Voters must vote in their designated precinct. More information can be found online at www.adm.k12.ia.us.

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Waukee

‘Yes’ vote will allow for new, $18 million school

By Sarah Nelson

DCN Intern

The date of the upcoming Waukee bond referendum is approaching fast. District members are encouraged to vote on Feb. 4, in the decision to build a new elementary school.

The school board approved the purchase of the land for the potential school in October, which is at intersection of Dartmoor Drive and Douglas Parkway near the new Hy-Vee in Waukee.

Although the new school would require an $18 million bond, district officials say the levy portion of property taxes would remain unchanged from the current $16.57669 if the bond is approved. However, in order to pass, the bond must be approved by 60 percent of voters. The school board is very enthusiastic about the future of the project.

“We’ve had a very positive response from the parent and community groups we’ve presented to,” says Dr. David Wilkerson, Superintendent of Waukee schools. “Approval will allow us to stay ahead of the growth and provide sufficient classroom spaces to meet the educational needs of our students.”

The school board encourages district members to spread the word about the upcoming vote and to vote themselves. Polling locations are Waukee District Office, 560 SE University Ave., Waukee and St. Francis of Assisi Church, 7075 Ashworth Rd., West Des Moines. Polls are open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 4.

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