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The existing Sioux Center High School is set to become a middle school after a new high school is built.

Iowa district acquires land from city for new high school

The Sioux Center School District is buying about 25 acres from the city of Sioux Center.

The Sioux Center, Iowa, City Council has agreed to sell nearly 25 acres of land to the Sioux Center School District for construction of a new high school.

The Sioux City Journal reports that 24.85-acres site is north of the Sioux County fairgrounds.

"The city is excited to see the growth of our community in all aspects, which include our local schools," city manager Scott Wynja says.

Sioux Center school district voters earlier this year approved a $24.9 million bond issue to help pay for a new high school. Superintendent Gary McEldowney says earth work at the construction site should begin in June. The new high school is expected to open for the 2021-22 school year.

The existing high school would be converted to a middle school campus for grades six to eight; the existing middle school would become an elementary for grades three to five; and the existing elementary would accommodate students in transition kindergarten through second grade.

Sioux Center schools have 393 students in grades nine to 12; 401 in grades five to eight; and 572 in transitional kindergarten through fourth grade. The district is growing by about 50 students annually. 

The total cost of the new high school is estimated at $39.6 million. 

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