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Cedar Rapids Community School District $220 million bond referendum

Cedar Rapids Community School District $220 million bond referendum

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THE PLAN



The $220 million bond referendum would fund the district’s purchase of land and construction of a 1,200-student middle school.

  • new land
  • a new middle school built on that land
  • career and technical education additions at three high schools
  • new turf fields at three high schools
  • renovations to cafeteria and kitchen at Kennedy
  • updates to Metro High School’s gym
  • renovations at Franklin Middle School

A second $225 million bond referendum — proposed to be taken to voters in 2029 — would address the remaining middle schools.

THE IMPACT



The Cedar Rapids Community School District’s $220 million bond referendum has the potential to impact the local labor unions in many ways. Such a substantial investment in the school district’s infrastructure can create a surge in construction and maintenance projects, directly benefiting unionized laborers in the construction and skilled trades sectors. These projects can lead to increased job opportunities, steady employment, and potentially higher wages for union members.

Additionally, the improvements in school facilities can contribute to a safer and more conducive learning environment, fostering the district’s reputation and potentially leading to increased student enrollment. This, in turn, can support the long-term job security of educational staff, many of whom are also part of local labor unions. Ultimately, the bond referendum’s positive effects on the school district can have a ripple effect, bolstering the local economy and the well-being of unionized workers within it.

THE PLAN



The $220 million bond referendum would fund the district’s purchase of land and construction of a 1,200-student middle school.

  • new land
  • a new middle school built on that land
  • career and technical education additions at three high schools
  • new turf fields at three high schools
  • renovations to cafeteria and kitchen at Kennedy
  • updates to Metro High School’s gym
  • renovations at Franklin Middle School

A second $225 million bond referendum — proposed to be taken to voters in 2029 — would address the remaining middle schools.

THE IMPACT



The Cedar Rapids Community School District’s $220 million bond referendum has the potential to impact the local labor unions in many ways. Such a substantial investment in the school district’s infrastructure can create a surge in construction and maintenance projects, directly benefiting unionized laborers in the construction and skilled trades sectors. These projects can lead to increased job opportunities, steady employment, and potentially higher wages for union members.

Additionally, the improvements in school facilities can contribute to a safer and more conducive learning environment, fostering the district’s reputation and potentially leading to increased student enrollment. This, in turn, can support the long-term job security of educational staff, many of whom are also part of local labor unions. Ultimately, the bond referendum’s positive effects on the school district can have a ripple effect, bolstering the local economy and the well-being of unionized workers within it.

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