Iowa school pleads with voters for new school


March 10th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

CARSON, Iowa (AP) — The Riverside School District in Carson, is making a desperate plea to local voters for a new high school. School officials tell Omaha, Neb., television station KETV that the current high school is falling apart, but two bond measures to fund a new building have failed. In February, 55 percent of Riverside patrons said yes to a new school, but the initiative needed 60 percent to pass. Some patrons have said it would be cheaper to renovate the current building, but district Superintendent Jim Sutton says putting more money into such an outdated building would be a waste. The bond that failed in February would have raised $13 million. District officials say building a new school would cost $21 million.