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Iowa City School Leaders Seek Public Input on Future Plans

The Iowa City School District continued talks about improving schools today.

The district is projected to see three to four-hundred more students every year for the next ten years and now they’re looking for public input on how the handle the growth.

Everyone who attended the meeting was given packets, inside were eight scenarios or building blocks.

School leaders asked parents to choose the one they think is the best plan for the future and suggest ways to improve it.

Nearly 100 people were at the hearing to discuss what Iowa City School District should do about its exploding enrollment and most were concerned parents.
"I just want to make sure that every child in the district has access to an equitable educational environment," said Sarah Richardson.
Richardson graduated from the Iowa City school system, has one child who graduated last year and another still in the district. She says she already has her eyes on one of the scenarios.
"I like scenario three. I like scenario three because it minimizes the closure of elementary schools."
One idea in the district's master planning scenario is to retire some schools and so far, three out of those eight scenarios is to retire Hoover elementary.
Just like the Cedar Rapids district found a year ago, anytime you talk about closing a school, people are going to get upset.
"Moving schools, changing schools adding schools is very emotional and this is one way to take some of the emotion out of it," said Alex Taylor ICCSD parent.
School leaders say that's exactly why they set-up the meetings.

"We want to make sure that the community fully understands the challenges that we face, some of the solutions that we see in front of us and helps us prioritize which solutions we think best meets the needs of our community," said Stephen Murley, Iowa City Community School District Superintendent of schools.
Still some parents say the real test lies in the district’s final decision

"If indeed our ideas are taken seriously and implemented then I think this is an incredibly positive and productive process," Richard said.
 The district will hold another meeting for parents who couldn't attend today's tomorrow at 6pm at Parkview church.

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