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Clear Creek Amana Passes $65 Million Bond Referendum

  • March 3, 2022

    Clear Creek Amana Community School District is proud to announce that voters in the Clear Creek Amana community have approved the passage of the $65 million bond referendum, in support of Clear Creek Amana Schools.

    The passed ballot language: Shall the Board of Directors of the Clear Creek Amana Community School District in the Counties of Iowa and Johnson, State of Iowa, be authorized to contract indebtedness and issue General Obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $65,000,000 to be used to build, furnish, and equip a new elementary school, including related site improvements; to build, furnish, and equip new playground spaces and to remodel, repair, and improve existing playground spaces at the District’s elementary facilities; to build, furnish, and equip additions (improvements) to the District’s middle and high school facilities, including fine arts space at the Middle School and the High School; career and technical vocational space at the high school; replace and improve the middle school roof; and related site improvements at the middle school and the high school? 

    District leaders, staff and the Board of Directors wish to thank every voter who participated in supporting the bond referendum.  Interim Superintendent Joseph Brown said, “The super majority YES vote for a new elementary school, vocational center, and expansions of the high school and middle school fine arts facilities is a solid indicator of the support our community has for the future educational facilities for our students. Thanks for your continued support for Clear Creek Amana schools

    As the District moves forward to develop the plans, timelines and expected completion of bond-related projects, that information will be shared regularly through the District’s web site and other communication outlets.  

    There were a total of 949 out of 10,526 registered voters who participated in the successful election. 

    A special bond election requires a 60% supermajority vote and the unofficial numbers indicate the March 1 election passed at 75.6%.  First canvass is March 8, second canvass is March 15. All results are unofficial until after the second canvass.

BUILDING FOR OUR FUTURE

  • UPDATE POLLING LOCATIONS
    Polling locations open 7AM - 8PM

    This election will use vote centers instead of regular polling places. All voters within the Clear Creek Amana Community School District may use ANY of the vote centers below. Polls are open 7:00 am – 8:00 pm on Tuesday, March 1.
     
    Kirkwood Regional Center
    2301 Oakdale Blvd., Coralville
     
    North Bend Elementary School
    2230 St. Andrews Dr., North Liberty
     
    North Liberty City Hall
    3 Quail Creek Cir., North Liberty
     
    North Liberty Recreation Center
    520 W. Cherry St., North Liberty
     
    Clear Creek Elementary School
    230 W. Wilson St., Oxford
     
    Waldschmidt Hall
    2012 400th St. SW, Oxford
     
    CCA West Campus Building
    331 W. Marengo Rd., Tiffin
     
    Tiffin Elementary School
    104 N. Park Rd., Tiffin

    FACTS

    With a successful bond referendum the Clear Creek Amana CSD School Board of Education will:

    • Build a new 600 student elementary school.
    • Build a Fine Arts addition to the Middle School
    • Build a Fine Arts and Career and Technical vocational addition to the High School
    • Replace and Improve the Middle School Roof
    • Make related site improvements to the Middle School and High School
    • Improve existing playground spaces at the district elementary buildings

    BALLOT LANGUAGE

    Shall the Board of Directors of the Clear Creek Amana Community School District in the Counties of Iowa and Johnson, State of Iowa, be authorized to contract indebtedness and issue General Obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $65,000,000 to be used to build, furnish, and equip a new elementary school, including related site improvements; to build, furnish, and equip new playground spaces and to remodel, repair, and improve existing playground spaces at the District’s elementary facilities; to build, furnish, and equip additions (improvements) to the District’s middle and high school facilities, including fine arts space at the Middle School and the High School; career and technical vocational space at the high school; replace and improve the middle school roof; and related site improvements at the middle school and the high school? 

    BOND REFERENDUM DETAILS

    • General obligation tax bonds are used to build schools and additions. 
    • General obligation bonds cannot be used to fund teacher salaries or programming needs. 
    • The amount of bonding capacity within a district is determined by its debt and its ability to pay off the debt. 
    • Bonds cannot be sold without voter approval at an election called a referendum. 

    WHO CAN VOTE?

    Clear Creek Amana Community School District residents 18 years of age and older can vote on March 1. A nonregistered voter can sign up to vote at their voting location by providing proof of age and residence.

    In order for the referendum to be successful, 60% of voters must vote yes.  

  • COMMUNITY TOWN HALL MEETINGS

    If you would like to learn more about the bond referendum for the 2022 bond projects, we invite you to attend a community town hall meeting. There will be a presentation with the opportunity for questions. 

    • February 1, 2022, 6:30 PM at Clear Creek Elementary
    • February 5, 2022, 10:00 AM at Tiffin Elementary
    • February 7, 2022, 6:30 PM at Amana Elementary
    • February 8, 2022, 6:30 PM at North Bend Elementary

    Meetings have concluded at this time.

Town Hall Presentation

  • FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • IMPACT ON SCHOOL TAX LEVY

  • WHEN AND HOW CAN I VOTE?

  • POLLING PLACES

  • WHAT CAN YOU DO?

ENROLLMENT PROJECTIONS PRESENTED AT THE JANUARY 19, 2022 BOARD MEETING

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LONG-TERM GOALS

  • Clear Creek Amana School Board Long-term goals:

    • Support neighborhood schools. The growth in Coralville warrants a neighborhood school like other neighborhoods in our district that already have an attendance center.
    • Reduces transportation costs and students spend less time on buses.
    • Retain small class sizes
    • Be responsible: the board has followed through on past bond obligations
    • Provide comprehensive vocational and career technology education opportunities for all students

    Guiding Principles and Quick Facts:

    • Ideal capacity of a new elementary building to accommodate future growth is 600
    • Current Middle School band room has capacity for 70 students and there are currently a total of 154 band students in 6 - 8th grades.
    • Currently, grades PK - 6 have 200+ students per grade level with 1st grade at 275 students.
    • The 10 year enrollment outlook estimates 4,500 students and 4,000 in 5 years. 

    *District growth projections are provided by RSP and Associates, a service enlisted by the District to assist the District with our growth and planning for future growth. The firm’s analysis indicated that district growth will continue to be around 150 - 200 students per year.