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Alta Vista Campus Expansion Moves Forward

The Dubuque school district is moving ahead with an expansion of the Alta Vista Campus. That’s the facility that currently houses the Alternative Learning Center, which administrators say could serve an additional 100 students if it were expanded. The additional students are currently being taught at either Hillcrest Family Services or Four Oaks, with the school district paying about a million dollars to those organizations. Shirley Horstman, the district’s Director of Student Services, says many of those students have issues that make traditional classroom learning difficult. Horstman says the new building would contain three levels to accommodate different ages of students. The expansion project would also include the addition of a gym and a bus lane to the Alta Vista Campus. The total cost is about $6 million, but school board member Jim Prochaska says the move makes sense in the long run. The school board voted on Monday to begin the design phase of the expansion.

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