LCSD Board Sets Hearing on School Financing

Clark Elementary School in Le Mars


The Le Mars Community School District has set a public hearing for their July meeting, concerning financing for a school facilities plan. Superintendant Dr. Steven Webner says this is in response to a community survey that was recently concluded. The survey results were reviewed at the June school board meeting.


Dr. Webner says the survey had a 30% response rate.


The survey asked district residents what they preferred for new elementary facilities to replace two aging schools.


It also wanted to find out how best to pay for new facilities.


The survey had several finance options to consider…


Dr Webner says the board plans to relieve some of the burden of higher property taxes to pay for the new facilities.


The total estimated cost of a new elementary building is some 67.5 million dollars. At the end of the school board meeting last week, the board approved setting a public hearing for July 8. At that time, public comment will be taken on the issuance of 27 million dollars in tax bonds to reduce the property tax levels for construction of the new elementary building.