The Ottumwa Courier

Southeast Iowa

April 3, 2013

Pella voters pass bond issue

Pella — After more than a year of facility review, the Pella Community school board held a vote on a $29.1 million school bond issue Tuesday, April 2. According to unoffical results from the Marion County Auditor's office, over 75 percent of the 1,955 votes were cast in favor of the bond referendum.

The bond issue will fund a significant number of improvements throughout the district. One of the projects is to build, furnish and equip a Career Academy building in partnership  between DMACC. Both Pella Community and Pella Christian students will be able to receive dual credit in nine career areas.

Projects include:

-Renovations to Pella High School including commons area, drop off/pick up, arts addition (including art department, choir room, scene shop, etc), athletic renovation/addition (including wrestling room addition, fitness/weight room expansion, locker room addition/renovation), administration addition, and bring facility up to code for Americans with Disabilities Act.

-Build, furnish and equip a new elementary school building to replace Lincoln Elementary -- to be built at existing Lincoln site.

-Redesign entrances at the high school, middle school, and Jefferson for better safety for our students. Other security issues will include security cameras, door access/card readers, interior door locks, etc.

-Additional renovations to Jefferson Intermediate School and Madison Elementary Schools.

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