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WAUKEE, Iowa — Sonja Sorrel recently moved into the Waukee school district with specific intentions for her third and first grade children.  “We moved into this district intentionally because of how they were progressive about managing growth,” she said.  That growth has come rapidly and the Waukee Community School District is trying to prove Sonja right by planning for future growth with a $117,000,000 second high school bond referendum on February 6th.  Superintendent Cindi McDonald says the decision is easy, “The number of students currently at the elementary level for the past several years, they are moving through grades and as they move to high school we need to create space for those high school students.”

The price tag is above the recent $81,000,000 state of the art high school Johnston opened this school year but while those residents saw a property tax hike in $100  annually on a $200,000 home, district leaders believe Waukee property taxes won`t budge a penny.  McDonald said, “The debt service portion of our tax rate is at it’s max so we can’t go any higher.  Voting for the referendum does not impact taxes.”  Sonja knows she will be voting yes. “This will have no impact on taxes so that’s great news for taxpayers of Waukee.”

The plans have not come without some concern at public meetings.  McDonald said, “The building doesn’t have a pool included but we are looking at options to support the swimming program and all of our programs.”

District leaders have already found a site for the 382,000 square foot school with room for 1,800 students.  It will be just north of R-22 off Hickman.  “This is a sharing agreement with our city so we have a large space we can leverage at different times of the year for community and school events.  That is one of the most exciting pieces of this project,” said McDonald.

Waukee is now ninth largest school district in the state and the only in Iowa with 10,000 students and only one high school.  “Having a second high school will provide more opportunities for students and that`s why we are here to serve our kids and provide outstanding educational experiences,” said McDonald.

The referendum needs a sixty percent approval. If the item passes, the school is projected to open for 2021-2022 school year.

Are you familiar with The Toilet Paper Game?

It’s a long-standing tradition at William Penn University in Oskaloosa.

The TP fireworks display is so beloved, the Statesmen don’t mind giving up a technical foul.

And Wednesday night, it only got better. William Penn beat Grand View on a buzzer-beater, 86-84.

Michael Admire has more, and from many angles.

 

IT’S GAME DAY ON THE WILLIAM PENN CAMPUS.

EXCEPT… IT’S NOT JUST ANY GAME.

“This is complete different. You have to throw the coaching manual out in the blue.”

ONCE A YEAR, AGAINST RIVAL GRAND VIEW, THE STUDENTS TAKE MATTER INTO THEIR OWN HANDS..

“My job is to keep everyone hyped, and make this the most memorable game of the season. This is the best game honestly.” 

“They’ll get a free throw, and it’s a technical foul on us because we know what’s going to happen and we don’t stop it.” 

“It’s just a great environment, the fans get into it, players love it, and you know it’s coming…”

THE ONLY ANTICIPATION IS IN THE FIRST BUCKET…

“You’ll just see streams of TP anywhere from 500-700 rolls…”

When all that TP goes flying You’re like woah.”

 

100’S OF ROLLS OF TOILET PAPER, SOARING THROUGH THE RAFTERS MAKING A MAJESTIC SCENE ONLY TO BE CLEANED UP IN LESS THAN FIVE MINUTES…

“Our team literally comes on to the court all of us, and we clean it up. We have a facility crew that cleans it, but it’s our team and the cheer leaders. we need to get some of it out of the rafters. It stops the game for a good two-three minutes..”

WILLIAM PENN DOES GET A TECHNICAL FOUL, BUT IT’S TOTALLY WORTH IT.

“It’s just so rowdy. The tradition that the school brings… Our school is willing to do that against our big rival, Grand View, it’s just really cool experience. 

When you look back on college you remember certain professors, if you’re an athlete you remember certain games, but you remember the tradition that brings everyone closer together.”

 

THE FIRST TOILET PAPER TOSSER PROBABLY COULDN’T FORESEE THIS BECOMING TRADITION, BUT IT’S UNIQUE, AND FUNNY… WHICH IS EXACTLY WHY IT’S LASTED 36 YEARS.

“We have just under 1000 students on the Oskaloosa campus from 42 states, and 40 different state… this is something that’s a bonding excercise that brings them closer together…”

THE TOILET PAPER GAME. UNLIKE ANY OTHER… IN OSKALOOSA MICHAEL ADMIRE CH13 SPORTS.