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Newscast 03.01.22: SC School Board seeks new superintendent and plows ahead with VIBE Academy build

VIBE Academy Sioux City
VIBE Academy Sioux City

News Noon 030122

The process of finding a new Sioux City schools superintendent has begun, that’s after Superintendent Paul Gausman was selected to be the next Lincoln Public Schools superintendent. His last day is June 30.

At last night’s School board meeting, president Dan Greenwell said the board is seeking proposals from superintendent search firms to lead the process. Because time is short, Greenwell said the board is considering all options, including a potential interim superintendent.

Gausman had been Sioux City's superintendent for 14 years, and he recently landed what he calls his "dream job" in his home state of Nebraska.

The second attempt to build a permanent space for Sioux City’s virtual school has been approved.

The $1.59 million project was approved in a unanimous vote during the Monday school board meeting.

Tim Paul, the district’s director of operations and maintenance, said construction bids will open on March 22 and the bids will be brought to the board on April 11.

Matt Basye of the Sioux City architectural firm FEH Design said there is interest from former bidders and new ones.

The initial attempt was denied due to a low bid of $1.93 million from W.A. Klinger, $450,000 above the initial estimate of $1.48 million. The project is estimated to be complete in November 2022.

Nebraska lawmakers are expected to have nearly $500 million in extra tax revenue for spending or tax-cut measures this year plus a record-high $1.7 billion in the state’s cash reserve fund. The Nebraska Economic Forecasting Advisory Board on Monday predicted a sharp increase in tax collections in the current fiscal year compared to its previous forecast in October.

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