Roland-Story to hold community meetings on upcoming bond vote

Contributed news from Roland-Story schools
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The Roland-Story Community School District and School Board will hold a series of upcoming community meetings focused on the March 1 bond issue.

The meetings will take place at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan, 17, in the High School Auditorium in Story City; 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 31, in the Middle School Library in Roland; 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 14, in the High School Auditorium in Story City; and 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 28, in the Middle School Library in Roland.

If the question on the ballot receives 60 percent or more voter approval, the district will be able to move forward with a series of improvements at Dallas Kray Track and Kerry Van Winkle Field and the surrounding athletic complex facilities. These improvements were identified by the community through a survey and the work of a community-led task force.

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“As a school board, we are committed to ensuring our community members have all the information they need ahead of election day,” Marc Soderstrum, board president, said. “The proposed project that will appear on the ballot represents a truly community-driven solution based on the input and feedback of hundreds of our district residents. We look forward to these upcoming events, sharing more information and answering community members’ questions.”

The improvements slated for Roland-Story’s athletic facilities include a new track subgrade and surface, improved concessions and restrooms, expanded bleacher capacity and upgraded ADA parking and accessibility. The project would also involve recontouring the football field, replacing the rusted goal posts, installing a new irrigation system, improving fencing around the site and building a new main gate entry.

An approved bond issue would have a property tax impact of $7.41 per month on a home worth $185,000, the average valuation in Story City. It’s worth noting that Roland-Story’s property tax rate currently ranks 192nd out of 327 school districts in Iowa.

To learn more about the proposed project, review tax impact information and read answers to frequently asked questions, visit