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School Officials In Iowa City Hope For More Funding
By Mark Carlson, Reporter
IOWA CITY, Iowa - Iowa City school district officials say they would like to see more allowable growth ahead of the upcoming school year. On Wednesday the Iowa House of Representatives passed a bill, which would increase funding for K-12 education by two percent. Last week the Senate passed a similar bill allowing for four percent growth. Officials say they're eager for a bill to make it through to the Governor so they can begin planning for the 2013-14 school year.
"We hate to look a gift horse in the mouth," said Ann Feldmann, assistant superintendent of Iowa City schools. "Two percent is better than zero, but two percent is a maintenance budget, just paying the additional bills that are going to come in next year."
The district will continue to face challenges in terms of growth. Next year the district is expected to add up to 300 additional students.
"We wouldn't be able to hire additional teachers next year," Feldmann said.
The bill would also increase minimum teacher pay from $28 thousand to $32 thousand. Something administrators say goes hand-in-hand with a need for more funding in schools.
"I'd be a strong supporter of the Senates plan to pass four percent allowable growth," said John Bacon, principal at Iowa City High School. "I would be a strong supporter of everything we can do to increase teacher pay for starting teachers in our state."