Grow Cedar Valley Supports Upcoming Cedar Falls School Proposal

posted on Thursday, June 6, 2019 in Grow Cedar Valley

CEDAR VALLEY OF IA – The Grow Cedar Valley Board of Directors voted unanimously to endorse the proposed school bond request by the Cedar Falls Community School District.  The District proposes to fund the building of a new high school on 50 acres of district owned land near W. 27th Street and Hudson Road, at a total cost of $112.9 Million.  The general obligation bond request is for $69.9 Million, the remaining $43 Million would be covered by the one-cent sales tax.   

Cary Darrah, CEO Grow Cedar Valley

The Board took the action following a presentation by the District's Superintendent Dr. Andy Pattee during its May 21 meeting. Grow Cedar Valley CEO Cary Darrah said, “Supporting education in general is the foundation of building a workforce that will compete and provide global expertise for our local economy.  Our unanimous support of the new high school for Cedar Falls extends that commitment to building a workforce that will contribute to our economy and local economic development efforts to attract and retain businesses in the Cedar Valley.”  

Cedar Falls High School

The proposed Cedar Falls High School will accommodate the projected enrollment growth, provide 21st century flexible learning spaces, as well as provide a safer and more accessible building. Additionally, new high school facility is estimated to cost less than renovating the existing building. 

The Grow Cedar Valley Board of Directors also considered the value added to taxpayers, as well as the benefit to future students who in time will enter the workforce and become citizens of our community.

Eric Johnson, Grow Cedar Valley Board Chair

Vote “Yes” on June 25

“Investment in 21st century classrooms and modern learning environments is essential to providing the type of education our future citizens need for success,” said Eric Johnson, Grow Cedar Valley Board Chair.  Johnson added, “Quality schools are one of the top factors that attract talent, families, and educators to the area. It is imperative that we support this investment to not only attract the talent needed now, but to also assure the future pipeline of qualified talent.”

Grow Cedar Valley encourages all voters of the Cedar Falls School District to view this initiative favorably, and as an investment in the future generations of Cedar Valley citizens. We encourage businesses, parents, and all patrons of the Cedar Falls Community School District to support the Cedar Falls School Bond on Tuesday, June 25.