CCA Community Shares Concerns About School Boundary Changes

By Jill Kasparie, KCRG-TV9

TIFFIN, Iowa – Parents in the Clear Creek Amana School District are sharing thoughts and concerns about boundary line changes.

A new elementary school is coming to the Clear Creek Amana School District because of the growing enrollment.

It’s set to open next school year in Tiffin.

Tuesday night, dozens gathered for a public forum about which kids would be attending that new school, and what changes might be coming for other elementary schools in the district.

Parents, like Corey Manary, said this discussion is vital.

“That’s what it’s mostly about for me is my kids, and what’s important to them,” Manary said.

Superintendent Tim Kuehl said the process isn’t easy.

“It’s tough because wherever the lines is, there’s going to be people that aren’t happy and wish they were in a different area,” Kuehl said.

Two options were on the table Tuesday evening.

“They are very similar, in a lot of ways but there are some little nuance differences that really are mainly with the community of Tiffin and where the community of Tiffin would go in terms of that boundary change,” said Consultant with RSP and Associates, Clay Guthmiller.

One option keeps the kids from Tiffin all at the new school, while the other splits the community in half sending kids to two different elementaries. For Manary, that’s a big difference.

“We have great teachers, great parents, the community as a whole is great, but the fact that they come in and want to cut our town in half, our neighborhood, basically, in half is what bothers me the most,” Manary said.

The superintendent understands parents who want to keep Tiffin kids together, but said that move would fill up the new school very quickly.

“The biggest issues is balancing keeping communities and areas together in an elementary versus being efficient in our utilization of our space and instructional space district wide,” Kuehl said.

The superintendent said nothing is set in stone.

Feedback from Tuesday night’s public forum will be considered a a committee develops the final plan. That plan is slated for a vote by the school board in mid-September.

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