Letter: Vote yes for the new Ames high school

Interested candidates for summer jobs should contact Amber Mohmand at amber.mohmand@iowastatedaily.com for more details. Those interested in applying to work during the fall/spring term should contact Katherine Kealey at katherine.kealey@iowastatedaily.com. 

Interested candidates for summer jobs should contact Amber Mohmand at [email protected] for more details. Those interested in applying to work during the fall/spring term should contact Katherine Kealey at [email protected] 

We are excited to vote YES for a new Ames High on April 3!

A new facility will provide flexible classrooms and other learning spaces that will align with best practices in education, increase safety and security features for its students and faculty and facilitate easier student flow through the school.

While some community members believe renovation is a better option (an estimated cost of $85 million, which is over three-quarters of the cost of a new school), Ames would still likely face the need for additional renovations much sooner than if a new facility is built.

Thirteen additions to the school have certainly added value and space over the years, but they have also added minimal clearance in hallways and limited access to classrooms and learning spaces. New construction, which would take about three years, will take significantly less time than a renovation, which would take about five years, and will not cause the high level of disruption that would be unavoidable during a renovation.

The conversation about a new high school has followed a thorough, thoughtful path, spanning several years and multiple school boards. Now is the time to move forward. Join us in voting YES for Ames High on April 3.