The Keokuk School District is showing off its recent addition to Hawthorne Elementary School.
The expansion includes six full-size classrooms, two half-size classrooms, and some additional square footage within the library.
Superintendent Lora Wolff says the addition will allow the district to restructure its elementary schools. She says, next year, K-3 students will attend Hawthorne while 4-5 graders will go to George Washington Elementary.
Wolff says this will balance out class sizes and allow the district to close Wells Carey Elementary.
The Keokuk School Board has signed off on the district’s roughly $32-million spending plan for the upcoming school year.
One of the highlights is the fact that the property tax rate will drop by 73-cents, or nearly 4%. The district’s share of property tax bills are not expected to fall by 4%, though, because of the residential rollback.
The budget also includes an expansion of Keokuk’s preschool program for 4-year-olds. The addition of a second classroom will allow an increase in enrollment from 30 to as many as 80 preschoolers starting in the fall.