Sioux Center, Iowa — Northwest Iowa students have about a month or less of school left in the 2020-2021 school year. And by the time Sioux Center students go back to school in the fall, some of them will be attending in a brand new building and others will move to a different building.
We talked to Sioux Center Superintendent of Schools Gary McEldowny about the $42.5 million new Sioux Center High School. He says it will be ready for students this fall, and he says construction is going “very, very well.”
The district is currently using three buildings, which will all continue to be used in addition to the new high school. Those in charge are calling it a four-school solution. Two fewer grade levels will be in Kinsey Elementary. Third through fifth grades will move into the current middle school. The middle schoolers will move to the current high school, and the high schoolers will move into the new building. McEldowny says the move will be a large effort.
McEldowny says it’s similar to a puzzle.
As far as the financials, McEldowny says they are very confident it will come in under budget. He says about 72 percent of the work is being done by local contractors and businesses. He says the good timing and the project coming in under budget are a good testament to the work ethic of northwest Iowans.