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Committee recommending Iowa City School Board close at least one school


For the town of Hills, the elementary school is like the gateway to the community. It's a building the town believes in.

"It's just the center for the activities," said Judy Cambridge, who lives in Hills. "If there's something that the school needs the community will pull together, one organization or another, to help out."

The school is in danger of being closed. It's a part of the Iowa City School District, which is reworking its 10 year Facilities Master Plan. Wednesday night a committee met to decide the best recommendations to present to the Iowa City School Board.

"Hills is the lowest enrollment within the district," said Sam Johnson, an architect helping the committee. "In terms of putting a school where the students are, it's not necessarily located in the middle of the student population like the others are."

The committee chose two scenarios to present to the school board. Both build a third high school and make changes to the two existing schools.

The differences really break down at the elementary level. Under the first, only Hoover Elementary would close, allowing for expansion at City High. 

Under the other recommendation, Hoover, Lincoln, and Hills would close.

Both options build new elementary schools.

"A planning process is about looking into the future, understanding the consequences of what's coming and putting together a planned response," said Johnson.

The committee will present the recommendations to the school board on July 9, 2013.


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