Charles City Residents Offer Input on High School Facility Needs

Residents of the Charles City School District provided their input on the district’s high school facility needs through a recent survey.

The district says about 72 percent of survey respondents agreed there are recognized needs at Charles City High School. Only about 31 percent said the current CCHS building reflects the community’s values and beliefs related to education. 

In ranking building factors in order of importance, respondents prioritized adequately sized spaces, accessibility for all, and code compliance. Space for future growth, parent pick-up/drop-off areas, bus pick-up/drop-off and visitor parking at the school were other priorities identified. Respondents slightly preferred seeking  lower long-term operating costs for CCHS over securing a lower cost of building or renovating facilities.  

In a statement, School Board President Pat Rottinghaus said, “We would like to thank all of our community members who took our survey and provided their thoughts on how we can best move forward with addressing our facility needs at Charles City High School. The results of this survey will be used by the district and board to determine priorities as we plan for the future of our high school. As we move forward, we will continue to seek the input and feedback of our families, staff, students and community.”

There were 438 survey responses from residents of Charles City, Bassett, Floyd, Colwell and the surrounding communities. A link to the complete survey results can be found in this story on our station website.

To view a summary of the survey results, visit

Mark Pitz

News Director/Weekdays 10am to 2pm on 95.9 KCHA

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