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District approves capital projects

IOWA CITY–The Iowa City Community School District’s (ICCSD) $100 million-plus construction and repair projects are reportedly on schedule.
During its July meeting, Assistant Superintendent Ann Feldman presented the school board with information from the Capital Projects Status Report. The itemized list outlined information about the cost, design and status of projects that are over $100,000, between $100,000 and $1 million, and over $1 million.
Projects with a estimated costs between $100,000 and $1 million include the renovation of Mark Twain Elementary School’s front entrance, City High’s practice field and West High’s soccer field.
Five projects are expected to cost more than $1 million: Norman Borlaug Elementary, City High’s school window replacement, Horn Elementary’s classroom and gym addition, West High’s science lab remodel and City High’s fine arts addition.
“All projects are running on schedule,” said Feldman.
In addition, all projects, except City High’s fine arts project, have a completed project design.
“It’s about 25 percent completed,” reported Feldman.
The third largest of the projects was the West High’s science remodel. When completed in 2010, students received updated spacious lab rooms and updated technology.
Board President Patti Fields said, “It was an identified need on our facilities list for many years and a priority for our overall comprehensive facilities plan.”
The construction of four projects over $100,000 began in June, including West High’s electrical relocation and roof repair at Mark Twain Elementary school.
Money from fundraising, the School Infrastructure Local Option Sales Tax (SILO) and the Physical Plant and Equipment Levy are primary funding sources.
According to a release from ICCSD, for 10 years one-cent of Johnson County’s sale tax revenue will fund SILO. It’s expected to generate $104 million toward school infrastructure improvements and community education.
The total cost of all projects is expected to cost $147 million.