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The Riceville Community District is considering the construction of a possible recreation center and needs input from community residents.

A public meeting is being held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 19 in the high school media center for community input for possible options of a Riceville Community School District Recreation Center.

Those attending will have the opportunity to view options, discuss possible locations, community use and view preliminary exterior designs with Emergent Architecture of Cedar Falls.

For the past 1 ½ years, the Riceville School Board along with members of its buildings and grounds committee have been discussing the need for additional space for district needs. In addition, committee members recognized there were very limited indoor recreation space for the community of Riceville.

“We are looking at a facility which will serve a dual purpose,” said Riceville Superintendent Barb Schwamann. “The District is need of additional court space. We are currently having middle school athletic practices during the last period of the day, which is having a negative effect on student education.

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“We are looking at ways to make positive change for the education of our students as well as meet a need in the Riceville community.”

In addition to court space, there would be weight lifting and exercise equipment available.

Schwamman said there is no specific time line or specific cost associated with the project, at this time. However, the cost of the project would be covered by the PPEL (Physical Plant and Equipment) Levy fund as well as SAVE (Secure Advance Vision Education) funds.

“This is not a project that would be paid for through the general fund,” Schwamman said. “And it will not be funded by a bond referendum.

“Right now, we are just looking for community input into a possible facility that both the school district and the community would mutually benefit.”

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