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Cedar Rapids Superintendent recommends big changes for district

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

Many Cedar Rapids Community School District students may be going to a different school for the 2012-2013 school year.

Superintendent Dave Benson told the Board of Education Monday his plan could save the district more than $1.1 million dollars.

Benson proposed closing Monroe Early Childhood Center and repurposing Polk Elementary.

With Polk Elementary possibly closing, the area is being divided into three elementary school districts. The elementary schools in these districts include Erskine, Grant Wood, Johnson, Arthur, Kenwood, Garfield, Nixon and Wright. Parents, though, will have a choice of any school east of Interstate 380 and the Cedar River.

Harrison Elementary and Madison Elementary were spared from the cuts.

 

"Going into it and knowing that our name is not part of the recommendation, I'm hoping that the school board will move forward with that. Dr. Benson has done a lot of research and used a lot of outside parties to help make these recommendations," Jen Kovach, Madison PTA Co-President, said.

Harrison is staying open in an effort to support the city's flood recovery effort.  Benson said if the enrollment at the school does not grow by 70 percent of building capacity within five years (2016-17 school year), he recommends the district reassess the school's future.

 

"We want to have our school district be a positive contributor to flood recovery by keeping Harrison open for a period of time to see what could happen," Benson said.

The board is set to vote on the recommendations at its next meeting on March 12.

"I would expect the board to give these recommendations a lot of consideration," Benson said.

 

Click here to see more details on his proposal.

 

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