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.
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.