Storm Lake community votes on new learning facility

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The Storm Lake community are deciding whether they’re willing to pick up the tab for a new Early Childhood Learning Center.

The current Storm Lake Elementary School is around 10-years-old and is nearly 150 students over capacity.

At a cost of $29 million dollars, the center would be built in two phases. The first phase would put a kindergarten in the building and phase 2 would bring preschool and first grade.

The tax impact would be an estimated $148 for every $100,000 of assessed property value. 

Stacey Cole, superintendent of Storm Lake Community School District, said this would be a great opportunity to extend their learning experience to the younger crowd. 

“They get a world-class experience when they come to our school system, and I really believe that this early childhood facility would only increase that experience that they get in our schools,” said Cole. 

City Hall was one of the several polling locations for Storm Lake Voters.

Chairman Jon Kruse said this is something the community has been talking about for a while.

“We had a steady flow. It got off to a little slow start this morning. We’ve had about a 150 here so far. We expect it would be over 200. There were about 450 absentee ballots cast ahead of time,” said Kruse. 

There will be an update on voter turnout tonight on KCAU 9 News at 10. 

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