Ames voters to decide $110M school bond issue

Ames voters will decide the fate of a $110 million bond issue this spring.  The school board this week signed off on an April 3rd ballot measure to pay for construction of a new high school and the additon of six new classrooms each at three elementary schools.  Superintendent Tim Taylor says a new high school won't bring higher property tax bills.  He says the building will be paid for with $4.04 in general obligation bonds for construction that were established in 1995, approved 2011, and will be paid off in 2020. As for the new elementary school classrooms, Taylor says the district didn't need the space when the buildings were planned more than five years ago. State law says the school bond issue needs more than 60 percent approval for passage.