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Iowa schools open back up after short summer

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    August 19, 2014 | 6:33 am

    IOWA CITY, Iowa — A harsh winter meant a bit of a shorter summer for many kids across Eastern Iowa, which concluded Tuesday in Iowa City as kids returned to schools throughout the growing district.

    The district is currently in a period of transition. Next year officials will open a new elementary school, the first new elementary school to open in more than 20 years for the city, but not the Iowa City Community School District. Two more elementary schools are planned as part of a master plan to address space needs at buildings throughout the district.

    Superintendent Steve Murley said he expects to have renderings of a new high school by the end of the month. That building, scheduled to open in 2017, will go up just south of North Liberty on Dubuque Street.

    Murley said he's excited to get the new year going.

    “Everyone is fired up and ready to go,” he said.


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