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CR superintendent to give consolidation recommendations


Dr. Dave Benson, superintendent of Cedar Rapids Community School District, will give his proposals for how he thinks schools in his district should be downsized.

A meeting will be held this afternoon at 5 p.m.

Parents in Cedar Rapids have had two chances within the last month to voice their concerns about the proposals drafted by the district.

The Cedar Rapids Community School District is looking at closing buildings and changing boundary lines.

The issues the Cedar Rapids School District is facing are pretty straightforward. Enrollment is down, and education costs are up. But the options ahead are challenging, and it's leading to a lot of concern among parents.

"It makes me sad to think this will all be gone someday," Cathy Techau, parent, said.

"I think it's wrong for any school to close," Mindy Moon, mother of two, said.

With two elementary-aged kids, Moon said education is very important to her family.

"We picked the school when we moved to Cedar Rapids specifically because it's a small school and they get a lot of one-on-one time with the teachers," Moon said.

She's among several parents who are now fighting to keep it open. The district is considering two options at the elementary level -- one includes closing Madison Elementary, the other would close Harrison. The latter is located in a neighborhood still struggling to come back after the 2008 flood.

"The only way we're going to get this to be rebuilt and families to move in, is if there's a school here," Moon said.

"No, it's not an easy decision and that's why we're taking our time," Benson said.

Both proposals would shut down Polk Elementary School. Techau, a home daycare provider and mother, lives just blocks away from the school. She fears the decision would mean the end of her business, and a blow to her neighborhood.

"When the school leaves, it's a well-known fact that property values go down and I think the whole feeling of the neighborhood will change," Techau said.

Benson will take the feedback and comments before making a final recommendation to the board on February 15th.

You can read the proposals for yourself by clicking here.

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