Answering Questions on Possible New Iowa City High School
By Jillian Petrus, Reporter
IOWA CITY, Iowa - On Monday night, people met at the North Liberty junior high school to talk about the Iowa City Community School District's vision for the future. The district is facing challenges with overcrowding at the elementary and high school levels. But how to tackle those issues has some parents and administrators at odds. In February, the voters will weigh in on generating more money for the district- without raising taxes. Here were three of the most FAQ's at the North Corridor parent meeting in North liberty.
Where does the issue of a new, third high school stand in terms of this February vote?
Assuming the vote passes- the district will have 30-million dollars to work with. It's likely the money will go toward a new elementary school and other district building updates- and then a third high school. A third high school remains in the district's master plan and we learned tonight the district is poised to buy land for one, it's set to consider three land options in mid-January.
How does the district say this vote will help reach the goal of a third high school sooner?
This vote gives the district the ability to spend on future taxes it's going to get. Essentially, they are borrowing future tax revenue to pay for need now projects. It will do that through what's called a "purpose statement." It lets them do that until 2029. There is still a lot of opposition to this plan. Some people at tonight's meeting said they don't know if they trust the district to wisely spend that money and feels the district hasn't planned and prioritized well in the past.
What happens if the voters vote no on this?
It would mean talks of a third high school would stop- there just wouldn't be the money. And it also means that in 2017 the current "purpose statement" would expire and the district will lose money. But we learned after 2017 - the district could vote again on a repurpose statement at that time.
To learn more about the vote and what it means for ICCSD families, click here.