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Mid-Prairie School District expressed interest in possible early childhood education center on Shiloh property

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The Mid-Prairie Community School District is looking into the possibility of creating an early childhood education center on the existing Shiloh property.
GTNS file photo The Mid-Prairie Community School District is looking into the possibility of creating an early childhood education center on the existing Shiloh property.

KALONA — Discussion of possibly starting an early childhood education center on the Shiloh property was brought up at the Kalona City Council meeting Monday night.

Kalona City Administrator Ryan Schlabaugh said the building was recently toured by the Mid-Prairie School District Facility Needs Committee. The main floor of the building was proposed as a possible location for an early childhood education center, specifically for a preschool program.

Schlabaugh said meetings with RDG Design and contractor Carl A. Nelson will be held next week to discuss possible layout options and code review. He said before the council moves forward with any plan, they want to make sure the building is up to code for the options being discussed.

“Some of the discussion has been lent to different uses. We just want to make sure before the council, and the public, take that next step in the discussion process, that what is being proposed is compliant, code-wise,” he said.

The Mid-Prairie School District conducted a study for projections over the next 10 years and has predicted they will need more space. Moving forward, the district will begin discussions with Shive-Hattery Inc. Architecture & Engineering of Cedar Rapids, to determine the best potential use of the Shiloh space.

“That doesn’t mean that we’ve done anything. It just means that the school district is going to get with Shive-Hattery, they’re going to take the CAD (computer-aided design) files, and they’re going to do some layout and 3D rendering of what could be, and that will facilitate the school’s discussion going forward,” he said.

The city is currently putting together documents for the finance committee to review, but no final discussion has been conducted with any groups.

“We’ll soon get into those discussions that are hopefully going to be able to give the council the bigger picture on the fiscal side as well,” he said. “But there has been zero fiscal discussions on 28E’s and so forth.”