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Iowa City schools could cut up to 22 teaching jobs


The Iowa City School District is considering cutting 22 teaching positions because of funding problems.

Superintendent Steve Murley has directed the administrative team to delay the implementation of the 22 cuts. 

At a meeting Monday night, Murley decided to hold off on discussions regarding next year's budget until after an April 26th school board meeting.  Earlier in the day, Murley suggested to the Press-Citizen that the cuts were a mere certainty.  A group of about 40 teachers rallied outside the district's Central Administrative Offices Monday afternoon after hearing the news.

But now Murley will wait to see if the school board would be willing to go against district policy, and cut into savings.  Normally, the district is limited to maintaining a fund balance of at least 5% of the total district budget.  It is also anticipated the school board will talk about the impact of Governor Terry Branstad's proposed 0% allowable growth for school districts across the state.

These two factors will determine what, if any, cuts need to be made within the district.

In an interview with KWWL in February, Murley said the district depends on 4% state aid in allowable growth.

"Failure to do that means I won't be able to replicate next year what I'm doing this year, and because most of the money that we spend goes to people, consequently that means there will be fewer people working for our district," Murley said.

Tom Yates, who serves as the president of the Iowa City Education Association, believes losing 22 positions would be excessive.

He also questions the timing of making such a decision.

"We feel it's late.  Especially secondary schools need to get their secondary schedules and their staff in place for the next year, and it's like we've been given a blow we didn't see coming," Yates said.

By state law, district officials have until April 30th to make any job cuts.






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