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Facilities and Boundaries

Board of Education Considers Facilities Changes

The Council Bluffs Community School District is currently considering the next steps in the multi-year project to modernize all of the school buildings to be excellent environments in which to educate students. The District has created a Facilities and Boundaries Committee made up of teachers, principals, board members, parents, and other stakeholders in the community to make recommendations to the Board of Education about the schools in the Council Bluffs Community School District.

Two of the schools identified for necessary updates are Lewis & Clark Elementary and Walnut Grove Elementary. The committee has been asked to consider whether the schools should be updated or if students in these two schools should be re-assigned to other schools in the District that can accommodate or be renovated to accommodate more students.

The Committee’s Recommendations include:

1) Remodel Lewis & Clark Elementary School to remain a two-section school, and to bring it to the standards established by the District, including providing preschool. The committee also recommends reviewing the current attendance area boundaries for the Abraham Lincoln High School feeder system. (APPROVED BY THE BOARD OF EDUCATION)

2) Close Walnut Grove Elementary School at the end of the 2013-14 school year and re-assign students to other schools in the Thomas Jefferson feeder system. This would be accomplished by re-drawing the school attendance area boundaries. The committee recommends taking safety concerns into consideration especially related to students re-assigned to any schools on the south side of Broadway. The committee also recommends the Board consider establishing an International Baccalaureate program in the Thomas Jefferson feeder system, and would suggest strong consideration be given to establishing the program at Carter Lake Elementary School where there is adequate capacity. (APPROVED BY THE BOARD OF EDUCATION)

3) Remodel the former Washington Elementary School building so that it is possible to accommodate programs currently located at the Kanesville Alternative Learning Center as well as District offices currently located at the Educational Service Center.

4) Consider asking District residents to approve a bond issue to fund renovations of both Kirn and Wilson Middle Schools. The Committee also recommends consideration be given to the feasibility of including C.B. Stadium improvements in the possible bond issue. (APPROVED BY THE BOARD OF EDUCATION –modified to include a study of whether to include a renovation of the Walnut Grove building as part of a bond issue or other form of funding.)

5) Liquidate all vacant buildings as soon as practical.

The committee discussed possible options for each school. Below are links to the summary of options considered by the Committee or its recommendation to the Board of Education regarding the two schools under consideration:

Option Summary Sheet-Lewis & Clark Elementary

Option Summary Sheet-Walnut Grove Elementary

Option Summaries – Both Lewis & Clark and Walnut Grove
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Minutes of the Facilities and Boundaries Committee Meetings:
Dec 10, 2012

January 7, 2013

January 21, 2013

March 4, 2013

March 18, 2013

April 15, 2013

The Council Bluffs Schools commissioned a study of District buildings, their current enrollment, capacity and the status of meeting the design and efficiency standards for a modern learning environment. Below are links to the full reports, presented by RSP and Associates to the Board of Education.

RSP Capacity Presentation

RSP Enrollment Study Report