Facility Improvement Information

Facility Improvement Information

Interstate 35 Community School District is pursuing multiple improvements in our school facility:

  • Auditorium

  • Career and Technical Education (CTE) building

  • HVAC (air conditioning)

  • Fine Arts Center

  • Enlarged elementary cafeteria

  • Enlarged high school commons and redesigned main entry

  • Bus shed

  • Maintenance shop


Additional information on each of these projects is available by clicking on the various documents below.



The estimated cost of these projects is $12-$15 million. Payment would include the following:

  • Up to $7 million in general obligation bonds

  • Remainder from the Secure an Advanced Vision for Education (SAVE – state

    sales tax penny) revenue

Current general obligation bonds are retired in June 2017; the new general obligation bond would simply replace the existing bond, which means there will be no property tax increase for district patrons.
Patrons of Interstate 35 Schools will be deciding the future of these projects at a special election on Tuesday, February 7, 2017. Polls will be open from 12:00 – 8:00 pm in the following locations:
  • Lions Hall in New Virginia

  • St. Charles Parish in St. Charles

  • City Library in Truro


Voters will answer Yes or No to one ballot question, e.g., shall the district move forward with building these projects.

The Interstate 35 Facilities Committee has organized three information public meetings; all three public meetings begin at 6:30 pm.
  • Wednesday, January 25, 2017 @ Farmers and Merchants State Bank in St. Charles


  • Thursday, January 26, 2017 @ Interstate 35 Schools in Truro

  • Wednesday, February 1, 2017 @ Gerry Allen Building in New Virginia


If you have any questions, please contact Superintendent Kevin Fiene at kfiene@i- 35.k12.ia.us or 641-765-4291.



Please click on these individual documents for additional information.

  1. Visual Overview of Projects

  2. Overview – Finances – Special Election Information

  3. Auditorium – CTE – HVAC

  4. Fine Arts Center – Enlarged Elementary Lunchroom – Enlarged High School

    Commons and Redesigned Main Entrance

  5. Bus Shed – Maintenance Shop – Public Meetings

  6. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  7. Ballot Language

  8. Flyer

  9. PowerPoint Presentation

  10. Absentee Ballot Information





As part of the preparation process for our recommended facility improvements, we have visited a number of school districts regarding both programming and physical facilities.  Here is a short synthesis of this work:


Algona Auditorium

Fort Dodge Auditorium

Knoxville Auditorium

Norwalk Auditorium

Rock Valley CTE Building