SIOUX CENTER, Iowa (KCAU) – Sioux Center High School has been seeing steady numbers of growth in their classrooms for many years. It’s a reflection of the city’s growing population. Now, several new projects are in the works to help accommodate all of this new growth.
Lori Huisman has lived in Sioux Center for 31 years. She said she’s seen a lot of things change since she first arrived.
“It’s really changed in volume. There are a lot of more people here but it’s also changed in many ways because I’ve been a part of them adding on to the schools and adding on to Kingsley Elementary and on to the middle school and high school,” said Huisman.
Soon, Huisman will see even more changes as several major building projects are about to begin in Sioux Center. Scott Wynja, the Sioux Center city manager, described what’s to come.
“So recently, the city council actually sold about 25 acres of property to the Sioux Center Community School District to help facilitate the building of a new high school,” said Wynja.
Dennis Dokter, the Sioux Center community development director, explained new the new housing developments will be added to the community will accommodate the expansion of the city.
“In the last 15 to 20 years, we’ve developed about 100 lots in that area and it’s gone pretty well and the demand continues for that area. So, our intention now is to develop this area with an additional 20 lots,” said Dokter.
A brand new high school, a new residential area, and a Siouxnami water park are all in the works to help create additional living space and recreational opportunities for a growing community.
Gary Mceldowney, the superintendent of Sioux Center Community Schools, explained why the new schools’ building project is important for the school district.
“The reason for this school is that we are growing at a tremendous rate here in Sioux Center, the community and the school district as a whole. We’re growing on average of about 45 students a year in the past 6 years,” said Mceldowney.
Superintendent Gary McEldowney said that the construction site should begin in June and the new high school is expected to open for the 2021-22 school year.