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Teaching positions saved in IC school district

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -

A relief for many teachers in the Iowa City Community School District.  The board of education voted in favor of a measure Tuesday night, that will end up saving 22 teaching positions in the district.

The board met in front of a crowd of students, teachers and parents. They voted to lower the district's undesignated, unspent reserve fund from five percent of the yearly budget, to three percent.

The savings will amount to about $1.4 million, and prevent teacher layoffs. One teacher says dipping into savings will help avoid larger class sizes.

"This soon will become a burden too difficult to bear if class sizes are increased in order to save money. You will save dollars, but it will cost our students a quality education," said City High School teacher Robin Fields.

The district hopes to have their unspent reserve fund back up to five percent of the budget, by 2013.

The measure will not help the 15 teachers funded by other sources, who have already been laid off from the district.

However, administrators say there still may be a chance to save some of those positions.

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