Study Finds Clear Creek Amana Enrollment to Boom

JOHNSON COUNTY, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- Enrollment at Clear Creek Amana School District could increase by 300 students a year, for the next 10 years. A new study the district commissioned revealed that projection.

The school district covers Amana, Oxford, Tiffin and parts of North Liberty and Coralville. Superintendent Tim Kuehl said most of the growth is coming from Tiffin, North Liberty and Coralville.

Parents at North Bend Elementary school are aware of their kiddo's learning conditions.

"I'm pretty sure this school is at max capacity,” Dustin Kasal said.

Even with cramped quarters, some say it's still the best learning environment. That's why they chose to live in the area.

"The small town feel but more of a big city area,” Kasal said.

CCA says they want families to have that feeling.

That's why it's constructing a new elementary school, just for fourth and fifth graders. It'll draw students from North Bend and Tiffin elementaries. It'll open August 2019. And the superintendent says that day can't come soon enough.

"With the overcrowding issues at North Bend and Tiffin Elementary it needs to be open in August of 2019,” Kuehl said.

The district's has specific goals for class sizes: 20 students in Kindergarten through second-grade classrooms, 25 students in third through fifth grade classes.

“And we've kind of hit a point, at North Bend, where there are no rooms to add sections what's supposed to be a teachers lounge has a section and support staff in what's supposed to be closets."

The new school will help keep class sizes low, and spread out students. But only for a few years. The superintendents says they'll likely have to construct other new schools in just a few years.

"The next bond issue around will be a big one. And we'll have a new high school included in that issue as well as likely a new elementary school building."

Last September, voters passed a $36 million bond for the Clear Creek Amana School District. Funds from that are going to the new elementary school. Other money will go to a high school expansion and more parking lots.