The Sioux Center City Council is in favor of using the current city-owned dirt racing track area as a site for a new public high school.
The council directed city staff to work toward selling city property to the school district to build the proposed school building. The property is just north of the fairgrounds along 13th Avenue NE and includes the track.
“The city council recognizes as Sioux Center grows, the school has a real need for more facility space to serve their growing student numbers,” City Manager Scott Wynja said.
The school’s request includes about 35 acres for the proposed school with space for additional growth as needed. The site is accessible from a major street and offers proximity to the athletic fields and other school facilities, creating a cost savings of not having to build new fields near the proposed high school.
The request to buy the city property came before the council two weeks ago. Superintendent Pat O’Donnell and representatives from CMBA Architects shared that the existing school buildings are at capacity, and student numbers are growing at a rate that could mean an increase of 500 students over the next 10 years.
“On behalf of Sioux Center Community Schools and the school board, I’d like to give our appreciation to the council and the City of Sioux Center for considering and granting this request, and also for being such a great partner and always looking to the future,” O’Donnell said.
The council also directed city staff to look into the possibility for a joint use facility at the new high school, such as a gymnasium that could be used for city recreation programs during evenings and on weekends. City Manager Scott Wynja said that discussion would be ongoing.
“We do have a variety of recreation program options we could offer with that type of new facility,” Wynja said.
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