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JANESVILLE — A building committee is looking at possible improvements to Janesville Consolidated School as officials prepare for a Feb. 6 bond issue referendum.

The group started meeting earlier this month after the Board of Education reviewed results of a resident survey on school district facilities and prior bond issues. A $5.4 million bond issue failed when it was put before voters in December.

“We’ve done a full facilities assessment, needs assessment,” said Superintendent B.J. Meaney. “We’ve met as a board and with the architects.”

Janesville company Modern Builders did the assessment and presented seven areas needing improvement. Those include an additional gym, safety in the existing gym, elementary classrooms, school air quality, locker room space, performing arts space and preschool space.

Improvements that were part of the last referendum included a new gym and locker room as well as additional elementary and preschool classrooms.

“We heard the community,” said Meaney. “They said they weren’t ready to support what we put out there.”

As a result, the building committee will be examining the areas of need and ways to get community input. Meaney said there is no proposal at this point for what will be included in a referendum. Once a plan is formulated, the committee will make a recommendation to the board.

“It comes down to cost, bonding capacity and really what we believe we could pass, and what the community will support,” he noted. However, the proposed Feb. 6 referendum date — the next time Iowa law allows the district to hold one — is “pretty firm.”


Education Reporter

Education reporter for the Courier

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