The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa


June 18, 2014

Plans call for new school additions

MILES — Six architect plans each call for new facilities to be built in the Easton Valley School District, according to superintendent Robert Lagerblade.

The EV school board and citizens on Thursday can see fine details during an open house of those plans compiled by BLDD Architects (of Davenport).

“To me, it's very exciting,” Lagerblade said.

Despite a looming retirement — June 30 is Lagerblade's last day — the superintendent added these renovations give Preston and Miles communities something to rally around.

“I'd be thrilled to see something happen like this under my administration,” Lagerblade said.

Lagerblade said the board will look for more detailed cost assessments of the six plans. The options call for building:

• A preschool through 12th-grade facility between Preston and Miles

• A preschool through 12th-grade facility in Preston

• A preschool through 12th-grade facility in Miles

• A sixth- through 12th-grade facility in Preston

• A sixth- through 12th-grade facility in Preston while also tearing down the three-story elementary school in Miles

• Or, a preschool in Miles and a sixth- through 12th-grade school in Preston.

It's possible the board can select multiple options or none of them, Lagerblade said. The board can't make an informed decision until detailed financials are presented, the reason for Thursday's meeting.

“Until they see what the costs are and what the return is education wise, they can't make a decision on whether they want to do it,” Lagerblade said. “I can't tell you what's going to happen because we haven't seen the details. Until the details are presented, there's really no way to know (what the district may do).

“They have given us a wide variety of options... You've got to narrow it down a little bit. Some (options) cost more than others. They'll be a little bit more involved.”

The presentations arrive almost five months after EV passed two public referendums to tap into the 1 percent sales tax and granting the district authority to increase it's Physical Plant and Equipment Levy up to $1.34 per $1,000 assessed property value. It's also unknown how much of the PPEL the district will require.

The presentations will take place at EV Elementary School in Miles at 6 p.m.

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