SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -- The work begins Tuesday for the Sioux City Community School District's architect.
He'll start designing a replacement school for Joy and Longfellow Elementary to be built on 15 acres of land in Spaulding Park and open in 2012.
Monday night, school board members approved the letting of bids to begin site work.
The Sioux City City Council also gave final approval to a land swap. The council is giving the school district part of Spaulding Park and in return the district will give the council the former East Middle School site and a piece of land in Woodbury Heights.
The district has looked for a long time for a good place to put the replacement school. After public outcry against their first location, leaders are happy they've found a more preferable option.
"The controversy was over, do we take property that's south which would be the library, post office, do we go to the east which would be homes and those sorts of things, and now we don't need to do any of that, don't need to relocate any of those businesses or folks and that's a good thing," said Superintendent Dr. Paul Gausman.
Council member Brent Hoffman applauded Gausman and his board for working with tax payers to find a more appropriate location for the school.
He also suggested naming the park Spaulding, after the family who donated the park to the city.