Early Elementary 2nd Phase Bond Vote Passes, Paves Way for 1st Grade Wing Addition

Storm Lake Community School District voters have approved a bond to allow the 2nd phase of the Early Elementary School to move forward.

A total of 899 ballots were cast. According to unofficial results, 665 voted in favor of the bond, or 74-percent…while 234 voted against it, or 26-percent. At least 60-percent approval was needed for the bond to pass. 18.4-percent of registered voters in the district cast a ballot.

With the passage of the 9.95-million dollar bond, the district will be able to add a 1st grade wing to the Early Elementary School, which will take up over 31-thousand square feet of space. The district plans for ground to be broken on the new addition in late spring or early summer of the coming year, and it’s expected to be ready for 1st grade classes at the start of the 2024-2025 school year. The bond will NOT affect property taxes. The new addition will address continued crowding issues at the Elementary School.

Due to the 2nd phase getting approved, the district will also be able to move ahead with the 3rd phase of the Early Elementary project, which will add a pre-k wing to the building. A bond vote won’t be needed for the 3rd phase, with construction to start on that portion right after the 2nd phase is complete.