Nearly a full year after it was first announced that the Waukee Community School District needs a second high school, the Waukee School Board resumed discussions on planning for the new high school, which could also include a new sports complex and be completed by the year 2021.


The next step in planning is for the Visioning Committee to have three meetings in the month of May to discuss and provide input and influence the design of the new building. The Visioning Committee will be made up of 36 parents, students, teachers, community members and administrators.


The three meetings will take place on May 2, May 3 and May 16.


“This is a committee that’s just a volunteer committee, they’re going to give input. That’s it.” said Waukee Superintendent, Cindy McDonald. “They’re not going to make any recommendations to the board and so they don’t have to be appointed by the board, and so with that said, we’re still going to operate very transparent… listing who is on that committee and what the meeting agenda looks like.”


McDonald was upbeat when talking about the next step in the process, saying she thinks the discussions will be “fun.”


“We’re just going to hear from people… get some ideas that could influence how that building looks in terms of the layout,” McDonald said.


She went on to say that they would also discuss things that people might want to be changed in the current building and account for those when planning for the new building. She said she feels “very positive” that there won’t be any discrepancies in that regard.


Additionally, the referendum committee will be meeting in May to discuss the numbers and the need for the second high school and should be ready to make the first presentations some time in July. In the future they will continue to talk about a possible mascot, school colors and grade configuration.