City backs school district plan for controversial new elementary school
By Kristen Johnson, Multimedia Journalist/ Weekend Anchor - bio | email
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -
The city of Sioux City, and the local school district, are back on the same page over Bryant Elementary.
The city has agreed to foot the bill for some of the infrastructure around the school, which will be rebuilt to open in the year 2020. Monday night, they signed a 28-E agreement with the school district.
Over the last two years, the district has gone through 14 different plans to replace the century-old school, several of which were blocked by city leaders and protested by area residents.
“Everyone's giving a little something, and everyone's getting a little something out of the deal. I think it's going to be a lot better for our community. The neighborhood seems to like it a lot better than any other proposal on the books to this date. I think it's going to be a win for the city in the end,” said Mayor Pro-Tem Keith Radig.
The city has agreed to close 30th Street. Jones and Jennings streets will also be widened.
The city will pay 100-percent of the street reconstruction costs.
"Tonight was a real item of victory in the sense that we needed to get this cooperative agreement underway so that we could go take those next steps in the project together,” said Superintendent, Dr. Paul Gausman Monday night.
That next step is to buy six homes around the current school to make room for the new one.
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