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Parent Group Submits Formal Complaint To Iowa City Community School District

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    May 23, 2014 | 5:45 pm

    IOWA CITY, Iowa — A group has submitted a formal complaint to the Iowa City Community School District in light of recent budget cuts. The complaint has been sent directly to Superintendent Steve Murley, who will review the case and offer a response in the coming days.

    The complaint was lodged by the Iowa City Music Auxiliary, an organization that supports school music programs. A group representative said over 100 people submitted their names on a letter to Murley asking the $3.6 million in cuts be “revisited and revised.”

    District officials have previously said the cuts, which were submitted to the school board in April, are final.

    Starting next year seventh grade football and foreign language, junior high school general music and fourth-grade orchestra will be eliminated. German-language will be phased out of all grades as well.

    On Friday Murley said policy prevents him from commenting on the pending complaint.

    The group could take the complaint to the school board if they are not satisfied by Murley’s response.

    “This is a wonderful district, and we trust these cuts will be reconsidered,” said Jennifer Ohman-Rodriguez, a parent and member of the Iowa City Music Auxiliary.