Osage schools looking for feedback after bond failed

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OSAGE, Iowa – After a bond failed in September, the Osage School District is looking at feedback from the community to determine the next steps forward. The bond was set to expand the elementary middle and high schools with new classrooms, a gym and upgrades to windows, roofs and the air conditioning and heating system.

The school district sent out surveys to ask residents why they voted it down, and the number one reason was because the taxes were too high.

“We have to look at that plan and decide what’s the best bang for our buck and decide what our tax payers really are willing to do,” Superintendent Barb Schwamman said. “There were a lot of good survey data that they are willing to do things like the roofs and do the heating and cooling all the things that need to be done.”

Schwamman says the school board and committee for the project have only had one chance to look at the data and will need more time before they make any decisions.

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