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Public input sought on high school design proposal

  • This sketch by BLDD Architects was presented in 2017 as part of a potential plan for renovating the Charles City High School, including replacing the “circle” classrooms. That plan was largely shelved when new Superintendent Mike Fisher came on board in 2018, but now talks of needed facility changes at the high school have resumed, and the school district will ask BLDD to be involved in the discussion because of its previous work.

By Kate Hayden,

Charles City residents and students have a chance to submit public feedback on a proposed high school renovation.

The Charles City Board of Education will be taking comments during Monday’s meeting regarding the floor plan design, first presented by BLDD Architects on Dec. 19.

Architects are already revising that draft with initial feedback, although it will not be ready to present on Monday, according to the board agenda.

The Board of Education meets at 6 p.m. in the seventh grade learning studio within the Charles City Middle School.


After 28 years, the Charles City High School and the Gymnasium Walsrode, a public school in Walsrode, Germany, will no longer exchange students as part of the German American Partnership Program (GAPP).

Charles City German teacher Marilyn Buttjer will update the board on the high school’s search for a new GAPP partner school during Monday’s meeting.

The Walsrode school made the decision to leave the program due to budget cuts and changes in exchange program regulations in Germany, according to the board agenda.


The Board of Education will consider a resolution supporting the Iowa Public Employee Retirement System (IPERS), in response to comments made by members of the Iowa Legislature.

The resolution being considered states “employees are entitled to basic protections and promises that the State has made … including the right to expect that IPERS not be changed negatively nor the benefits of current or future employees be put at risk.”

Board members will consider visiting the Iowa State Capitol on Jan. 24 as part of the district’s annual lobbying trip. Charles City district representatives would be joined by representatives from Osage, Riceville, Howard-Winneshiek, Turkey Valley, New Hampton, Nashua-Plainfield, Clarksville, North Butler and Rudd-Rockford-Marble Rock school districts.


The board will also hear an audit report of the district for the fiscal year 2016-17.

Following Monday’s public meeting, the board will consider beginning four closed sessions regarding student hearings. One closed session would consider action to suspend or expel a student.

The next Board of Education meeting is Jan. 22 at 6 p.m.

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