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While the Corning Community School District is a big point of pride in the community, the district faces a number of facility challenges that it must address soon. These needs are found throughout our schools and include:

  • The elementary classrooms have not been updated since the 1960s. Most Iowa classrooms that are 50-60 years old have been renovated at least once during that time.

  • The elementary classrooms are outdated and not well suited for the demands of 21st century learning to prepare our students for future careers.

  • The current elementary gym is used for lunch and PE classes. Because of that, it’s difficult to coordinate schedules.

  • Elementary restrooms are not Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant

  • Water enters the elementary building whenever it rains.

  • The press box at the stadium sways in the wind. This is a safety hazard that prevents broadcasts from taking place from the press box.

 

By acting now, we believe we can address these needs that will ensure we continue to provide excellent learning environments for students now and in the years to come.

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A Community-Driven Process

Our community was the driving force behind the process to address our school district’s facility needs. Over the past several months, a community-led committee has been meeting regularly to tour the district’s facilities and gain a better understanding of the most pressing challenges.

 

District leaders and the board also recently launched a community-wide survey, which asked a series of questions related to the district’s needs and potential solutions. A total of 293 respondents completed the survey, and 72% agreed or strongly agreed that the district's most urgent facility needs must be addressed now.

Proposed Solution

On Tuesday, March 7, 2023, residents of the Corning Community Schools will vote on a bond issue. If the $19.2 million bond is approved, the district would be able to move forward with key facilities upgrades that will benefit students across all grade levels. These include:

  • East classroom additions at the elementary school

  • Elementary safe room upgrade to better protect students and staff during severe weather

  • Addition of a new elementary gymnasium

  • Bringing elementary restrooms in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

  • Renovations to the central building

  • West pod renovation to create new early childhood education space 

  • New fences, dugouts, press box, concessions, bleachers, and accessibility upgrades at the baseball and softball fields

  • Replacement of the wooden playground structure at the elementary school

Corning Bond Project Elements

An approved bond would have a forecasted property tax impact of $7.75 per year ($0.65 per month) on a home with an assessed value of $100,000. Even with an approved bond, the district’s tax rate would be the third lowest it has been over the last 14 years. View the updated financing plan for the bond vote. 

 

View answers to frequently asked questions to learn more about our facility needs and the solution on the ballot in March 2023.

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