Students First

After all 99 Iowa counties approved a local option sales tax for school infrastructure in 1999, the Iowa General Assembly approved legislation in 2008 to extend this revenue stream in support of capital improvements to public schools across the state. Des Moines Public Schools established “Students First,” a plan to make the best use of these funds.

In Des Moines, that means the work begun in 1999 with local option sales tax funds will continue, so that every school in the city will see improvements. In 2009, Des Moines voters gave their approval to the district’s plan for using these funds, which includes improving safety and security; replacing obsolete, inefficient, or worn-out equipment or systems; improving buildings that have not already received major improvements; installing air conditioning; upgrading technology; and more.

For more specific information about plans for the above schools, please click on the link in the menu to the right.