School board vote in Charles City

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CHARLES CITY, Iowa – Another issue drawing a lot of attention on a local ballot is the filling of four vacant school board seats.

The common feeling in Charles City is that the future of the current middle school depends on who is elected.

Will the 1930’s art deco building remain a middle school? Or will a new one be built?

Today voters in Charles City will choose four new school board members, who will answer that question.

Right now the school board has a plan drawn up to build a new middle school but it’s not something everyone is on board with.

“We’ve got a lot of respect for this school as old graduates and we don’t think that it’s the type of building that needs to be demolished or abandoned,” says James Frisbie.

Frisbie is one of the 10 candidates running for the vacant seats, he along with 3 other candidates are for “saving the middle school.”

“I don’t think that we want to be building a new one here on the far side of town where kids are going to have a long way to walk to get to school and we don’t think it’s necessary,” he explains.

But Charles City Schools Superintendent Dr. Dan Cox, says that the historic building will not be torn down.

“It leaves the superintendent office here, moving the alternative school back into this building, the AEA, potentially bringing the preschool program back, the YMCA.”

Dr. Cox says the school board has come up with a 3 phase plan to build one campus that would include the middle and high schools a plan he believes will be more efficient than renovations.

“The staff that is shared between the two would still have to drive back and forth,” explains Dr. Cox.

Tuesday, voters will decide who will sit on the school board and make the final decision about the school.

There are 10 people running for the seats and that number is higher than the district usually sees.

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