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North Liberty growth weighs heavily in school district expansion

NORTH LIBERTY (KWWL) - North Liberty remains one of the fastest-growing communities in the state of Iowa, and the Iowa City School District says that weighs heavily in its plans for expansion.

A recent survey shows that people living in the district would rather see expansions to existing schools, rather than building new schools. But respondents were in support of a new high school in Coralville or North Liberty - what the school district calls the north corridor.

"That's where our enrollment growth is the greatest," said Associate Superintendent Jim Behle. " Over the last 10 years, our elementary enrollment growth - 95 percent of that - has been in the west side of our district, with a large portion of that in the north corridor area."

The district is also in the process of making changes to its boundaries, and in the meantime, the city of North Liberty continues to grow. Its population has steadily risen for several years, prompting an increased need for city services.

"We had a facilities study done a couple years ago, and it really showed that all of our facilities were in need of some sort of expansion," said City Administrator Ryan Heiar.

The school district will be eyeing locations in the area for a new high school, as it tries to figure out where it would fit into the budget.

"The enrollment has to justify it, and it has to be fiscally possible for us to support the operating cost," said Behle.

He says the earliest a new high school would be built is in 2013.

Online Reporter - Brady Smith

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