Sioux Center, Iowa — A new high school project in Sioux Center has taken the first concrete steps toward reality.
The Sioux Center City Council approved selling the land to the school this week, with plans to partner on nearby green space for multipurpose fields.
Sioux Center Schools Superintendent Gary McEldowny tells us about it.
He says the plan is for the high school to be ready to move into in June of 2021.
According to McEldowny, the district is using a construction manager. He says they feel like that gives more opportunities to local businesses to do some of the work on the $39.6 million project. A $24.9 million bond issue was approved by district voters in February.
He says they’re very thankful for the support the school and project enjoy in Sioux Center because the new school is very much needed. He says their student population is increasing at a rapid pace. In fact, 43 students have joined their district since “count day” in the fall.
Sioux Center City Manager Scott Wynja says the portion of the property that the City is retaining for multipurpose green space will be north of the planned school and can serve as playing fields and activity space for a variety of youth and adult recreation programs. Wynja also tells us local developers are moving forward with a new residential area in the same Sioux Center neighborhood as the new school, and that they hope to have lots ready by fall.