Cedar Falls Board Approve Purchase of More Buses
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa - Cedar Falls school officials have been planning for an enrollment increase since University of Northern Iowa administrators announced the closure of Malcolm Price Laboratory School last winter.
The lab school enrolled about 350 students, with nearly 250 coming from inside Cedar Falls city limits. However, Doug Nefzger, the district's director of business affairs, said the students were allowed to open enroll into as many different districts as they chose before the extended deadline. He won't know for sure until the first day of school just how many of the students will choose Cedar Falls.
"Carrie (DeBerg, the superintendent's secretary) keeps coming up with different enrollment numbers," Nefzger said.
That's due in part to the fact that more students keep coming, said Superintendent Mike Wells.
"Today alone we had 24 new kids come in. Twenty-four," Wells told the Board of Education Monday.
Nefzger won't speculate on how many new students he expects this fall, but would say it was "more than he had originally anticipated."
So far, district officials have only said that they have the capacity to absorb the students, and Nefzger said that continues to be the case.
However, the bus barn is running low on transportation options. Nefzger said they could need one or two buses to fully staff this year's bus routes. He is still determining if the second bus is needed and if so if it will be a full-size or mini bus. On Monday, he asked the board for the authorization to purchase the buses once the need is determined.
They unanimously approved his request.
"Right now we are exploring our options. As soon as I have more information I will share," he said.
The district will use physical plant and equipment levy funds for the purchase.
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