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Iowa City School District looks at new redistricting options

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) - The Iowa City School District is approaching another milestone in its efforts to draw new district boundaries. Thursday afternoon, a special redistricting committee planned to see some new options for the redistricting process.

After one scenario for redistricting, known as "Scenario 2," became known to the public, they got to voice their opinions on it. Not everyone was happy, according to committee member and West High School teacher J.P. Claussen.

"The public, I think, has been fairly clear on certain things, not breaking up neighborhood schools," Claussen said. He told us the consulting firm RSP & Associates used public input to draw up a third option, which he expects to look drastically different from Scenario 2.

Scenario 2 didn't sit too well parents of students at Lemme Elementary, because they felt it went too far in splitting up the student body. Claussen expected a revised version of that scenario to be presented Thursday afternoon.

The committee also expected the third option to be more focused than the last, after the board of education prioritized its goals for changing the district boundaries.

"After the forums in particular, the consultants have come to us and said this process is probably not going to work unless you give the committee some guidance on how they're supposed to rank these," said board member Toni Celik.

She hoped the new scenarios would place more focus on how the plan will affect the city's high schools, which she said have been overshadowed by the attention paid to elementary schools. "We haven't really delved into that as much, the committee has, as much as they will need to, in order to come up with a plan for that."

The committee hopes to pick two or three scenarios for the board to vote on. That may not happen until late next month, or early April.

Online Reporter - Brady Smith

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