Talks continue on new Iowa City high school, boundary changes

July 24, 2009

By Gregg Hennigan

IOWA CITY – Boundary changes and a new high school.

Those are the big topics on the school board agenda Tuesday night.

At its last meeting, the school board discussed high school boundary changes and received a proposal from Superintendent Lane Plugge to open a high school in the North Liberty area in the fall of 2014.

I’ll have a story in tomorrow’s paper on some of the financial details associated with a new school. A shorter version is available now by clicking here.

Plugge also is expected to provide the board with an update on some preliminary work he’s been doing on possible elementary school boundary changes. He’s asked University of Iowa demographers to divide the district into “building blocks,” Associate Superintendent Jim Behle said Friday. That’s something that has already been done on a smaller scale with the high school boundary scenarios.

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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.