School bond issue votes in Ames, Gilbert

Ames School District voters go to the polls Tuesday to decide a $110 million dollar bond issue to pay for a new high school and additional classrooms at three elmentaries. Superintendent Tim Taylor says the new high school will be built without increasing taxes. He says the district's debt levy, at $4.04 per $1,000 of valuation has been maintained since an addition was put on the high school building in the 1990s, then through construction of the new middle school, to the building and renovation of elementary buildings, and ideally through the new high school. Also, Taylor says the new elementary classrooms at Edwards, Fellows, and Meeker elementaries will accommodate an unexpected enrollment increase from last year of nearly 300 kids. Polls at eight voting locations in the Ames School District are open until 8:00 p.m.

Gilbert School District voters are also going the polls Tuesday on a school bond referendum.  The $14 million plan would see each school in the district undergo renovations.  The work includes four new classrooms in the middle school and renovations to the district's baseball and softball fields.