IKM-Manning remains focused on preparing students for the career and educational opportunities of the future. However, we face a number of facility-related challenges that we must address soon to ensure our students have the resources and opportunities they need to truly thrive in the 21st century.

The School Board has worked to evaluate the district’s needs and propose solutions to the community. The current bond proposal is based on meeting these needs and community feedback. Residents will continue to play an important role in the process, which will include a survey to help determine which projects take place first.

VOTE | September 14, 2021

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Safety & Security:

  • Currently, neither of our school buildings have secure access control

  • Many spaces and classrooms are not ADA accessible


Space & Capacity

  • Our Career Technology, Agriculture and Industrial Technology classes and programs are growing, but lack the space, equipment and resources to fully support all students

  • We do not have enough space or educational resources to accommodate 21st century learning opportunities

  • Our average general classroom size is 15%-30% smaller
    than recommended standards

Long-Term Investments:

  • It has become no longer cost effective to keep fixing old and outdated infrastructure

  • HVAC systems throughout most of our spaces need replacement

Fact Sheet:

Facilities Needs in IKM-Manning Schools

Fact Sheet:

Solutions to IKM-Manning's Facility Needs

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In July 2021, all residents in the district’s attendance area were invited to participate in a survey. Read more about the results of the survey and what the board learned through this important process.



The IKM-Manning School Board is presenting a possible solution to our needs on September 14, 2021. The scope of the project would be about $19,950,000 and include:


  • New middle school addition, with new STEM, SPARK, science classrooms, maker spaces, library, activity commons, gym and locker rooms

  • Renovation of existing middle school spaces in Manning

  • Renovations at the high school, including career and technical education, ag and general classrooms, restrooms and a new media center, with possible renovations in the band, vocal, and art classrooms, as well as the gymnasium and locker rooms

  • Consolidating district administration into one location in Manning. Irwin Elementary would remain open

  • New roofing over the MS/HS building

  • Beginning of a long-term maintenance plan



  • HVAC improvements

  • Restroom ADA/Accessibility Renovations

  • Playground renovations

Important Note – With this proposal, the Irwin building remains a critical piece of the school infrastructure and is needed to have enough classroom space to serve students across the district.



  • New bus loop and additional parking on the north side in Manning



  •  New fire sprinkler system in the existing middle school, as well as the new addition

  • New fire alarm system to be installed throughout the entire MS/HS building as part of the initial phase

  • Creation of a single-point secure entryway with controlled access into the MS/HS buildings


  • Updated lighting throughout the building

  • Updated sprinkler system

  • New sprinkler system with each future project

  • Restroom renovations in both elementary and MS/HS buildings