CEDAR FALLS — Summer renovations to one elementary school in the Cedar Falls School District were on display Tuesday.
Over the summer, the district updated four classrooms at North Cedar Elementary. Principal Jen Hartman said it could take eight years to finish the work in every room if voters don’t approve a $118 million bond issue in a special election September 9th.
Hartman said the open house “show[s] the difference between newly-renovated classrooms and the classroom most of our students and teachers are working in. There is a vast difference between what those four classrooms look like and the rest of the building.”
In addition to the classrooms, Hartman says North Cedar needs big upgrades, like central heat and air conditioning.
The district says, in addition to upgrading North Cedar, it would also remodel Orchard Hill Elementary. Money from the bond would also fund a new three-section elementary school and a new 1,400-student high school.
The bond vote will include two options on the ballot: one for the bond and one for a property tax increase to pay for the principal on the bond. According to the language, the tax increase will be between $2.70 and $4.05 per $1,000 of assessed value of the property within the district.