New Iowa City high school, boundary changes

July 15, 2009

By Gregg Hennigan

IOWA CITY – Last night’s Iowa City school board meeting was an eventful one, and there was a lot that didn’t make it into the story in the paper and online.

Superintendent Lane Plugge presented the board with a timeline for opening another high school and several proposals for boundary changes to address high school enrollment disparities.

Those are two of the biggest issues facing the growing district.

The district is supposed to put the proposals on its Web site.

Last night was the unveiling of these plans, so there naturally are a lot of questions that must be answered before the board makes a decision. After the jump are the ones that I can think of. Leave me a comment if you think of others.

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Iowa City school board votes to close Roosevelt

June 9, 2009

By Gregg Hennigan

IOWA CITY — After months of impassioned debate, the Iowa City school board voted Tuesday to close Roosevelt Elementary School and to build a new school a few miles to the west.

With a 7-0 vote, the board sided with Superintendent Lane Plugge, who recommended closing the school, and went against strong public opposition to the plan.

Board members said that Roosevelt, which was built in 1931, was too small and had too many deficiencies to keep open and that building a new school would be better financially.

“This facility is not adequate, especially in comparison to what we … have been able to provide to other students in this district,” board member Tim Krumm said.

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School board to discuss school controversy

June 5, 2009

By Gregg Hennigan

IOWA CITY – The Iowa City school board is expected on Tuesday to vote on the controversial proposal to close Roosevelt Elementary School.

The meeting starts at 7 p.m. at the Central Administration Office, 509 S. Dubuque St.

Those of you who have sat through the long waits to get to the Roosevelt discussion at previous meetings — on May 12, for example, the school board started talking about Roosevelt at 10 p.m.; I’ve heard from several parents upset about this — will be happy to know this time it is near the top of the agenda.  

To read previous Gazette coverage of the issue, which also affects Horn, Weber and Kirkwood, click here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here.

IC schools growing, but at slower rate

May 22, 2009

By Gregg Hennigan

IOWA CITY — The Iowa City school district’s enrollment continues to grow, just not as fast as had been expected, according to a report released Friday.

As Geoffrey Smith, the University of Iowa graduate student who helps calculate the projections, put it, “Our growth has been accelerating, but it’s decelerating.”

Enrollment in all grades is projected to increase by 296 students next school year and an average of 246 students each of the following four years. Compared with last year’s report, the new projections are slightly higher for 2009 but about 100 students per year lower thereafter.

The report covers five years and is updated annually. It only includes resident regular education students and does not count certain special education students or students who open enroll into the district.

Resident student enrollment is 10,833 this year and is projected to hit 12,111 in 2013.

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