WATERLOO — A land swap between Waterloo Community Schools and the city will be considered Monday by the Board of Education.

The board meets at 6 p.m. in the Education Service Center, 1516 Washington St.

The property exchange agreement would transfer ownership of the 6.9-acre former Edison school site to the city for a 10-acre portion of Miriam’s Park adjacent to Central Middle School.

Last fall, a city commission and a committee endorsed the exchange. The city would give the district the southern portion of Miriam’s Park, an open field located along Greenhill Road, while retaining the playground area on the north end of the park. In return, the city would receive the entire Edison site at Falls Avenue and Magnolia Parkway for future residential development and use as a neighborhood park.

Edison was demolished in 2016, five years after it closed as an elementary school. The wooden Eagle Island playground at the school was also torn down after falling into disrepair.

District officials have no immediate plans for the Miriam’s Park land, but there is potential for its use in the future if a new program at the middle school needs further expansion someday. Central houses the Waterloo Career Center, which offers career and technical education programs for high school students. Renovations are underway to create more classroom space within the building, which has room for as many as 17 programs.

In other business, the board will consider:

  • Accepting a $24,800 grant from the Iowa Campus Compact/Corporation for National and Community Services to fund eight AmeriCorps/VISTA positions for an eight-week summer academy at Fred Becker, Irving and Lowell elementary schools. The district will contribute $2,000 toward the eight positions as its cost share for the grant.
  • Adopting the STEMscopes digital science curriculum for seventh and eighth graders at a cost of $143,237.
  • Approving a bid from BerganKDV of Waterloo for independent financial auditing services over five years. Costs would be $41,600 in 2018, $43,500 in 2019 and $44,875 in 2020 through 2022.
  • Approving a series of resolutions related to the issuance last month of $16.67 million in revenue bonds.
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Waterloo Schools / HCC Reporter

Education reporter for the Courier

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