Shiloh Aerial

The Shiloh facility south of Kalona could be a good home for the Mid-Prairie school district’s early childhood education program.

The district’s Facilities Committee is exploring that possibility after touring Shiloh on June 11.

“During the Facilities Committee meeting, the two possible purposes that came up were space for the preschool program and for the 4-plus program for special needs students still needing to be served after their senior class has graduated,” Mid-Prairie Superintendent Mark Schneider said.

He cautioned, however, that discussions are still in preliminary stages.

“There is still much research and gathering of input that needs to be done, but this will be a continuing conversation at future Facility Committee meetings,” he said. “Any decision is still far away.”

Kalona City Administrator Ryan Schlabaugh said that the committee expressed its desire to continue to explore the idea.

“They looked at projections for the school that shows they need more space,” Schlabaugh said.

The city continues to move forward laying the groundwork for a potential voluntary annexation of the Shiloh property south of Kalona, which would include Shiloh deeding several existing facilities to the city.

Schlabaugh said that RDG Planning and Design and Carl A. Nelson and Company are expected to complete initial renderings and a code review this week.

“We want to make sure what’s been proposed meets codes,” Schlabaugh said. “There have been no real red flags in the discussions.

“We want to make sure we’re making code-compliant recommendations.”

He added that RDG plans to make some land-use recommendations.

“RDG will present three different options,” he said.

Schlabaugh said that he expects to have another public committee meeting some time after the Fourth of July holiday.

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