Wednesday morning read: Outcomes of Tuesday's school elections, PCI could get $9.5M expansion, traffic camera tickets might be paid off with gambling winnings

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School election news

Substitute teacher unseats 20-year incumbent for seat on Cedar Rapids school board - A substitute teacher unseated a 20-year Cedar Rapids school board incumbent in Tuesday’s elections, while two other district incumbents in retained their seats.

With nearly 60 percent of the votes cast, newcomer Jennifer Borcherding, 44, ousted longtime incumbent and Realtor Keith Westercamp, 70, who has served on the board since 1997. Read more...

$80 million Linn-Mar School District bond referendum fails to get a passing vote - Voters in the Linn-Mar Community School District said no to an $80 million bond during Tuesday’s school election.

About 53 percent of voters approved the measure, which would have funded facility improvements in the growing school district, and the measure fell short of its needed 60 percent supermajority. Read more...

Iowa City School District voters pass $191.5 million school bond Tuesday - Voters approved the largest school bond ever put to Iowa voters.

The massive school bond will be used for facilities projects in the Iowa City Community School District, the fifth-largest district in the state.

“Our work on our Facilities Master Plan will carry on seamlessly to deliver the educational environments that our students deserve,” the district said in a statement. Read more...

Other news

PCI could get $9.5M for expansion in Cedar Rapids - Cedar Rapids would cover the cost of Physicians’ Clinic of Iowa’s new $9.5 million parking ramp under a plan receiving initial approval by the Cedar Rapids City Council on Tuesday.

PCI has proposed a $30 million expansion project including a 98,000-square-foot, three-story medical office building at 275 10th St. SE, and a 540-space parking ramp at 1055 Third Ave. SE, but asked Cedar Rapids to cover the cost of the parking ramp. PCI has become an anchor in an area dubbed the MedQuarter or MedQ. Read more...

Gambling winnings, tax returns could pay off Cedar Rapids traffic camera tickets - A state debt collection program that squeezes gambling winnings, tax returns and other income funneled through state coffers could be used to collect unpaid tickets from Cedar Rapids automated traffic cameras.

Cedar Rapids has $17.1 million in uncollected debt from camera tickets, and is looking at how to get some of that money back even as most of the cameras were ordered off by a judge earlier this year. Read more...

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