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The Council Bluffs Community School District Board of Education on Tuesday passed a resolution to approve the purchase of the former Target building at Mall of the Bluffs to use the building as a temporary school during renovations at Kirn and Wilson Middle Schools and to accommodate unspecified programs after that.

The Council Bluffs Community School District Board of Education on Tuesday passed a resolution to approve the purchase of the former Target building at Mall of the Bluffs from Dearborn Properties LLC for $1.9 million.

The district plans to use the building as a temporary school during renovations at Kirn and Wilson Middle Schools and to accommodate unspecified programs after that. Kirn students will attend classes at the building during the 2019-20 school year, and Wilson students will use it during the 2020-21 school year.

The board also officially named the facility “The Madison Campus” during Tuesday’s meeting. While in use as a middle school, it shall be referred to as “Kirn Middle School at the Madison Campus” and “Wilson Middle School at the Madison Campus.”

A public hearing on plans and specifications for the remodeling of the structure will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 22 at the Educational Service Center, 300 W. Broadway. Plans include the creation of 60 classrooms, art and music areas, a kitchen, cafeteria and multipurpose/physical education room. The building will have a secure entrance, with no internal access to the public mall areas, an updated heating and cooling system and additional restrooms.

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Informational meetings with updates on the middle school renovation plans will be held at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 31 at Kirn and at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 7 at Wilson.

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