Iowa City School District Backs Off Redistricting Plans

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

The Iowa City school board has set aside plans to redraw some school boundaries, a process that had been debated the past couple of months.

The board Tuesday night voted 7-0 to follow Superintendent Stephen Murley’s recommendation that there be no changes in elementary school and junior high attendance zones in the 2013-14 school year.

One exception may be sending children from the Lake Ridge neighborhood in southern Iowa City to Hills Elementary School instead of Twain Elementary, where they go now.

Redistricting, as the process is known, was proposed by Murley’s administration in early March to ease overcrowding at Wood Elementary in Iowa City and North Central Junior High in North Liberty. To do that, several other schools would have had their boundaries changed.

But the superintendent said Tuesday that reaction from the public caused him to recommend the board pull back.

Murley said several themes arose at forums and through other feedback:

Parents are concerned about how the school district determines enrollment projections. Murley said the district is looking at how it can do this differently.

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